American Idol 2012: The Top 13 Week Ahead

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American Idol 2012 gets into full swing this week as the Top 13 takes the stage to sing for your votes.

On Wednesday, American Idol will make history when it rings in its 400th episode, as the Top 13 will be mentored by Mary J. Blige. The guys take on the music of Stevie Wonder and the girls will pay special tribute to Whitney Houston.

On Thursday, we’ll find out who of the Top 13 will be the first to head home in the elimination episode. Mary J. Blige is set to perform as is Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina who will perform her hit “Georgia Peaches”. Watch the video here.

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  1. only one girl can handle “i will always love you”…jessica sanchez.  go for it, baby!!

    • Vocally and emotionally, I think both Shannon and Hollie would outdo Jessica on “I will always love you”, but, though not my favorite, I think Elise can do the song most justice by bringing maturity to it as well as her own vocal spin.

    • jessica will fail this week her head is up in the clouds i dont think she is in danger nor am i a hater but i think she will get cocky and blow it

      • lmao. jessica already sing big songs at the age of 11. she mastered ‘i will always love you’ she she was 12 yrs old. let’s see their performance on wednesday. dont be so subjective it seems that you’re bitter. lol.

      • The fact that you use words like “aint” testifies to your intelligence.

      • Anyone  that makes that song their own will  not do good.  You have to come close to Whitney’s rendition to make it work….

      • I think in singing Whitney’s songs, they should not try to veer too much away from the original.  I faithful rendition with minor modifications would in my opinion be better appreciated by the voting public and the judges.

    • Totally agree (as usual)….She has a powerhouse of a voice and should blow it out of the water.  She could also do the Star Spangle Banner.  I would love to hear Jessica sing that!!!!

    • While I agree that Jessica can sing “I Will Always Love You”, I think she should stay away from it because this is the song most identified with Whitney and her performance  will unavoidably  be compared with hers.   Perhaps On My Own, One Moment in Time, or yes, I Have Nothing.  These songs all have parts which will showcase her talent and range.

      • I like to sing her more upbeat songs…try “I wanna dance with somebody”  to use her acrobatic skills (vocally)…

  2. I’m not looking forward to this week’s theme.  Whitney is/was a powerhouse singer and these girls will have their work cut out for them.   And Stevie Wonder is a very energetic performer which will mean problems for Deandre, Jeremy and Jermaine.  I don’t know which singer gets first crack at the songbooks, but I’m betting Skylar will opt for a Dolly version of I Will Always Love You.  I’d like to hear Joshua sing Yester-you Yester-me Yesterday and Jermaine do I Just Called To Say I Love You.

  3. I am excited for the performances of the girls this week.  However, I am rooting for Jessica Sanchez’ performance. And I am crossing my fingers that she will surely give justice to a Whitney Houston’s song this week. 

    • Jessica sang this song already when she was 12 yrs old. i guess this is just a piece of cake. love watching her perform on stage doing acrobatics of her vibrato. 🙂

      • Yes I can feel it too, that’s why I really look forward to watch her performance this week.

    • Shoudnt they let the guys do Michael Jackson
      Stevie aint DEAD yet dont kill him off yet

  4. thies will be the night to shine i beleive beforew the week is over the top 3
    1Deandre Brackenstwitz
    2Phillip Phillips
    Shannon close to the top 3

  5. The guys have a easier week than the girls everybody should sing the same stuff it is not fair however i think the girls may overcome the guys

  6. next week michael jackson for the guys and amy winehouse for the girls
    Elise would shine

  7. If they are smart — they’ll all avoid “I Will Always Love You” — you can’t beat Whitney — so pick one of the others…..

    I hope someone does “Exhale” —

    • I disagree.  I’ve always preferred Dolly’s original.  Dolly wrote it and that’s the way it is supposed to be sung.  It’s a tender, bittersweet goodbye.  Whitney’s powerhouse version showcased her voice, but lost the song.

  8. I think Hollie could handle “I Will Always Love You” as well as she handled “Reflection.” Even though that is a VERY risky song. It would have been risky even if whitney houston were still alive. Now that she has passed away it is infinitely more touchy to a LOT of people.

    • Why? Why? Why? Do they pick a certain singers song for all contestants!?? I have Always hated this stupid practice !! CARRIE UNDERWOOD SANG GREAT COUNTRY NOT HEAVY METAL! That’s how she’s made her fortune! We have to listen to bad singing every week because of this! Let then pick their own songs,so we can really judge their talent! How would Steven Tyler sound singing let’s say “,the national anthem”Get my point people!!

  9. You guys got it wrong, It’s the girls that are singing Stevie Wonder and the boys singing Whitney Houston.

    • Ha ha ha, that’s really funny.  Good job JT, there is enough guys in the competition that actually can handle Whitney’s range , I can think of two guys right now!!  But who I am thinking that can truly handle one particular song ” I wanna Dance With Somebody” would be Jeremiah,
      ha ha ha, who is he anyway? I thought there was only 13 singers, with
      Jeremiah, that makes it 14, LOL , just kidding , I am still bored with this, I am waiting and waiting and waiting for someone to get me excited but alas, still waiting.  Sorry to be so negative.

      Watched “The Voice” tonight and what a difference, wow!

      • the talent on the voice is amazing!  and so is the format.  great show except for christina who looked like she was about to have a wardrobe malfunction, as they say in the biz.  and what’s with the hockey puck that was styled by chris jericho on her head??

      • Ed…..I totally agree with you….The Voice was awesome last night.  Even the ones sent home were better than some of these Idol finalists.  What talent!!!!!!   Matt also has a Voice blogger…..The VoiceFandom.  Check it out…….

  10. Why am i banned i didnt do nothing argggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

  11. It will be interesting to see if this is the first season in which the best person actually wins!

  12. The girls stand out more than the boys this year. This week, to sing Stevie Wonder’s might sink them deeper… 🙁

  13. perhaps jessica would be able to handle “i wanna dance with somebody”… that will be a showcase of here performance. 🙂

    for hollie, greatest love all.. 🙂

  14. 5 Songs that can’t be out of the setlist.
    Stevie:  Superstition, I just called to say I love you, Overjoyed, I was made to love her,  You are the sunshine of my life.
    Whitney: I will always love you, I wanna dance with somebody, I have nothing, Saving all my love for you, Greatest love of all

  15. Jessica must sing an upbeat song…try “I wanna dance with somebody”  to use her acrobatic skills (vocally)…this will explode the AI stage. 

  16.  So if anyone could sing I Will Always Love You it would be Jessica, right?

    I’d like to see someone do Living for the City.  I loved it when James Durbin did it so I have expectations for it, so maybe not the best idea though.

  17. Everyone forgot one name. And that’s Jeremy. He will do well tonight with one of Stevie wonders songs. I vote for Jeremy all the way. Keep a close eye on him. He’s fantastic. Jeremy rules the house.

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