American Idol 2013: What Should The Top 9 Sing?

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This week on American Idol 2013, the Top 9 will pick songs from the John Lennon and Paul McCartney songbook. And I’m here once again to throw up some songs that I think would suit each of the finalists.

It’s all for fun (I don’t really think the Idols are taking my advice, but it’s fun when my choice for them matches their choice). I’ve got a pretty good track record going already this season, so let’s see if I can keep up the momentum.

American Idol 2013 Top 9 Song Suggestions

Lazaro Arbos, Let It Be. Someone’s going to sing it, so it might as well be Lazaro. Actually, it’s not a great big song, so Lazaro could put a soft spin on it to suit his voice and stylings.

Janelle Arthur, Here There And Everywhere. Emmylou Harris did a version of this song that would be great for Janelle to take on. It’s sweet and tender and has a nice twang to it. It would be nice for Janelle to slow things down a bit and show us some diversity in her voice.

Candice Glover, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds. This is a perfect song for Candice. But what would be ABSOLUTELY perfect would be for her to do Natalie Cole’s version of the song. Her version is like this MASSIVE explosion of amazing. I can’t even explain the version, so I’ll share the YouTube recording below. Just imagine how Candice could tear this up (minus all the speaking since this version is like 8 minutes long).

Kree Harrison, Yesterday. I’d love to hear this stripped down with just a little country beat and Kree’s voice.

Amber Holcomb, In My Life. I haven’t quite figured out what Amber is capable of yet. I think this song could give her a chance to shine in a sweet and tender way.

Paul Jolley, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away. Paul needs to do something a little more upbeat, so I think this would be perfect for him. I can imagine this with a great big band coming in during the chorus. It also lends itself to a country slant, which I think is what Paul is going for. Isn’t he?

Angie Miller, Imagine. A couple of thoughts on this. This is a Lennon solo song, so it may not be available. But it has been done in the past. And my other thought is, it’s been done. But I haven’t heard a girl do it in a while (have I?). So I can see Angie just sitting at her piano, delivering this song like one of her own.

Burnell Taylor, Blackbird. Burnell has to has to has to has to do this song. It’s absolutely PERFECT for his voice. He’s got that cool, old-school song to his voice that would really work with this song.

Devin Velez, Elanor Rigby. I’m not sure this is the perfect song for Devin, but it would definitely be an adventurous one for him. And it’s one of my favorites, so someone should sing it! Ha.

What do you think the American Idol 2013 Top 9 should sing from the Lennon-McCartney songbook?





  1. Kree – Blackbird – I think she could do a beautiful cover of this song, I could also see her doing her thang on Oh Darling.

    Candice – Come Together – It’s time for her to go upbeat this week, and I think she could do an awesome performance if she puts some edge into it!

    Angie – Let It Be – Pretty sure this is the obvious song choice for her this week, and I think she could do a beautiful job with it.

    Janelle – Yesterday – This is a pretty ballad, that isn’t going to be too big for Janelle.

    Amber – Oh Darling – Amber was the hardest to find a song for this week. I went with this song because it’s a big belty song. But, if Kree chooses this then I can see her doing blackbird as well. She could do something interesting with it with her tone.

    Devin – Imagine – I really want him to sing this song this week. If he got his guitar out and sang a version similar to David Archuleta’s then it will be a real moment and he will be back in the game.

    Lazaro – The Long and Winding Road – I really don’t want him to sing Imagine, so this was the next best thing for him. I think with his tone he will be able to do a good job with it. I hope it’s not too big for him though.

    Paul – Jealous Guy – To me this is the perfect song for him to do this week. I hope he can do something interesting with it.

    Burnell – We Can Work It Out – It’s also time for him to go upbeat! I think he could do an awesome job with this. But, I could also hear his awesome tone doing a sick version of Hey Jude.

    • I guess I misunderstood I thought it was songs from Lennon and McCartneys solo careers and not the beatles library. Some of Lennon’s solo stuff is EPIC in my humble opinion.

      • I thought it included anything written by Lennon, McCartney or both. Not just during Beatle years. Hard to say for sure.

  2. Devin – The Long and Winding Road
    Candice- She could do Let it Be or Oh, Darlin
    Lazaro – I love Golden Slumbers and believe he could do it justice. I think it fits with his voice.
    Paul – Maybe time to bring out the guitar and do All My Loving. Tim Urban did a nice job with it in a previous season and I think Paul could too.
    Someone will surely choose Yesterday. It’s a classic and everyone is familiar with it. I hope someone chooses an unexpected song and surprises us. There are so many possibilities.

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