American Idol 2013: What Should The Top 10 Sing?

American Idol 2013 Top 10 finalists

The American Idol 2013 Top 10 takes to the stage this week in the first real round of competition and the week’s theme is “Music of the American Idols,” which includes songs performed by any past Idol winner.

Now apparently this doesn’t mean just mean songs that the winners have put out since winning. Thankfully, because what in the world would one sing from Lee and/or Taylor’s songbook? So this means (I think) that the contestants can sing songs performed by winners during their seasons. What a weird theme! This is going to be hard, but I’ll go ahead and play along like I do every season. So let me think … what should the Top 10 sing …

American Idol 2013 Top 10 Song Suggestions

Lazaro Arbos, Aint No Sunshine. Season 8 winner Kris Allen performed the Bill Withers classic during week 9 and again in the finale. It seems right up Lazaro’s alley.

Janelle Arthur, Jesus Take The Wheel. The Carrie Underwood post-idol hit sounds way too predictable and has been done before, but America will LOVE it. Someone would be kind of dumb to not to this song. I think it would suit Janelle best.

Curtis Finch Jr., I Believe or Summertime. Both were from Fantasia Barrino’s third season finale and both are known as two of the most powerful performances in the show’s history. He could take on either of these with ease.

Candice Glover, I (Who Have Nothing). This was Jordin Sparks’ signature song during season 7. She sang it twice and both times, it was powerful and commanding. Shirley Bassey’s version of the song is amazing and it would be nice to hear Candice perform. It might be a bit unknown and risky, though. So maybe she should pick something by Kelly Clarkson.

Kree Harrison, Because of You. When Kelly Clarkson covered her own song as a duet with Reba, she put off this country vibe that fit well with Reba. I think if Kree covered this song with that in mind, it could be a really great performance.

Amber Holcomb, No Air. I don’t know why, but when I heard of this theme, I immediately thought of this post-Idol song by Jordin Sparks for Amber. If not No Air, then maybe Battlefield.

Paul Jolley. I can’t figure this one out. He loves Carrie Underwood, so he’ll likely do something by her. But I don’t think I know his style well enough to pin one down for him. Weird. What should Paul sing?

Angie Miller, Always Be My Baby. David Cook did an amazing job with this Mariah Carey song and I think Angie could do her own piano-acoustic version as well. And it would be extra cool because Mariah is now a judge.

Burnell Taylor, You Send Me. Taylor Hicks covered this Sam Cooke song during his season and I think it would be perfectly suited for Burnell’s classic sound. I think this would fit well into his unique voice that sometimes reminds me of a 1950s throwback, like the song You Send Me.

Devin Velez, Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Devin is another one I’m having a hard time figuring out. So I basically just went with an Idol standard. This one Ruben sang during Season 2.

Yikes. This was WAY hard. I spent hours on this and I’m still not happy. Way too random of a theme because most song choices are covers by past Idols. So do you consider the original artist or the Idol who picked it? Weird, weird, weird.

What do you think the American Idol contestants should sing this week?




  1. I suggest that Paul Jolley sing “This is the time” performed by David Cook for his winning song at season 7 finale, because he is very likely to win this season.
    I want Janelle to sing “No Boundaries” by Kris Allen. Lazaro may pick this song if Janelle selects other.
    Lazaro may try “Trouble” performed by Taylor Hicks at season 5.
    Burnell Taylor should sing upbeat : “Man in the Mirror” performed by Kris Allen at season 8 will be good for him.
    I want female version of “Flying without wings” performed by Ruben Studdard at season 2 finale. Angela Miller seems to fit for this song.
    I have also posted my suggestion in the other blog about this week theme posted previously by Matthew B.

    • Carrie sings her I don’t know what off in Wasted.nobody can cover this song even nearly as good as her.just sayin’.

    • i’d rather hear her do “fever” from fye. no one could cover “mad world” like adam

      • Oh yeah, don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Adam a lot and he’s a great entertainer. That just really rubbed me the wrong way when he did that. Though to his credit I believe he came back at another time and gave credit to Jules.

      • He may have ripped it off from Gary Jules but he did it justice like no other!!!!

      • Hello Namesake…..How’s your winter going? You are so right about Adam… one should attempt to sing any song he sang because he sang them out of the ballpark. JMO

      • winter is going well. wish the rangers were doing as well!! as we know, adam OWNED every song he sang on season 8 and though others have tried, they have yet to surpass his performances. i wish he’d take his asian tour and bring it back home!! how’s the baby, by the way??

      • You didn’t get effected by Sandy? I hope not. So many friends and family did.
        I know your Rangers are not doing so good, I just hope my Islands make the playoffs for a change..LOL…I know Adam is all over the Orient. Hopefully next tour will be of the good old USA!!! My baby girl is 8 months old already. We are going in to see her in April and back again in Nov for my youngest son’s wedding. Lots of trips to NY this year. So far I am liking this Idol. I thought with the new judges I was going to not like it but so far its been good.

      • we TRULY lucked out with sandy. across the street from us they lost power for 14 days. we had lights, heat, and fresh food every night. no damage either. the only pain was the railroad. our normal morning train wasn’t running. but all that’s old news. mazel tov on your son’s upcoming wedding!! meanwhile life is good…idol, hockey, hell’s kitchen and atlantic city. who could ask for more??

    • Adam didn’t win so it’s off limits, unless the selection ends up being from any idol contestant.

  2. Devin Velez tweeted some lyrics from “Breakaway” so I think he will sing Kelly’ song.

  3. Kree Harrison is fitted to sing Shania Twain’s “You’re still the one” performed by Lee Dewyze at season 9.

  4. Angela Miller can try Air Supply’s ” Making love out of nothing at all” performed by Carrie Underwood at season 4, with/without piano.

  5. Kree – Because of You (Kelly Clarkson.) or Alone (Heart, performed by Carrie Underwood.)

    Angie – Tell Me a Story (Phillip Phillips) or Behind These Hazel Eyes (Kelly Clarkson)

    Devin – We’ve Got Tonight (Performed by Phillip Phillips)

    Lazaro – Ain’t No Sunshine (Performed by Kris Allen)

    Burnell – Levon (Performed by Taylor Hicks)

    That’s all I got…This theme is difficult

  6. I thought they were going to perform songs recorded by idol winners after their time on idol

    • The theme is for songs by the winners or songs they sang while on Idol. We almost didn’t catch that second part which opens the possibilities way wide for song choice.

  7. This is how it goes.The contestants will perform a song that a previous American Idol winner performed while on the show, EXCLUDING their coronation songs, or a song they recorded in their post-Idol career.

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