This week the American Idol 2012 Top 10 will take on the songs of Billy Joel. So what would you like to hear your favorite contestants sing? And even though their songs are already picked and rehearsed, it’s still fun to play the guessing games with what they might sing.
Here are my suggestions:
Colton Dixon: “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” It’s one of Joel’s more rock-ish songs and it’s got that nice name-drop break-down that could be quite the rewarding challenge to take on. I would’t be surprise, though, if we heard him sing “Keeping the Faith” as a message to American Idol producers on their recent advice…
Jessica Sanchez: “Piano Man.” I want to hear a girl sing this intend of a guy. I think it could be a great moment for her. I could see her singing with just a piano… to the piano man, if you will. It could be quite good.
Phillip Phillips: “Vienna.” I think this song could be perfect for Phillip. He could put the guitar down for the night and just tear this up with this gruff, blues-y vibe. It’s kind of a sad song, but I think the emotion Phillip puts in his singing could really work with this.
Erika Van Pelt, “You May Be Right.” Another one of Joel’s more rock-ish hits, it would be a good match for Erika, I think. It has a great hook and that’s important on American Idol. She needs to nail it though to get out of that Bottom 3.
Elise Testone, “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me.” Someone has to sing it. And since I think Elise needs to do something fun and upbeat to save her this week, this should’ve been among her choices.
Joshua Ledet, “Keeping The Faith.” This might be too obvious for someone who tends to come off as a church singer, but I think it could work for him. He might have to amp it up a bit to compete with last week, though.
Heejun Han, “Only The Good Die Young.” I’m not sure why, but when I heard the theme was Billy Joel, this song immediately lined up with Heejun for me. And it would be nice for him to do something upbeat after that Richard Marx snooze-fest last week.
Skylar Laine, “Uptown Girl.” The cheese factor is kind of high in this song, so it would be nice to hear it sang from the girl’s point of view. And a country angle might make it interesting.
Deandre Brackensick, “She’s Always A Woman.” I’m having a hard time thinking of songs for this guy. He kind of sings all over the place, so I think a song like this would give him a good chance to soften things and tone them down a bit.
Hollie Cavanagh, “Big Shot.” I’m not exactly sure this is the right song for her, but whatever she sings it needs to be more upbeat than her past two.
Billy Songs NOT to sing: “River of Dreams” because it’s lame and “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” for obvious reasons.
What would you like to hear the Top 10 sing?