American Idol 2014: What Should The Top 9 Sing?

American Idol 2014's Top 9 contestants
American Idol 2014’s Top 9 contestants – Source: FOX

It’s time once again for a very broad theme for American Idol 2014 which means it’s also time for me to attempt my song suggestions. So forgive me now if you can tell how bad of an idea I think this has become. It used to be my favorite post of the week, but these new “themes” are ruining everything!

OK, that was a little dramatic, but still. Bleh. Anyway, the theme is “I’m With The Band.” No idea what that even means. Maybe it’s songs from bands. I don’t know.

So once again, I’ll focus more on the type of songs the Top 9 should sing.

Sam Woolf. This theme should be good for Sam. He can pick a song that he knows and can shine on. It would be nice to hear him do something upbeat.

Jessica Meuse. I’m thinking Evanescence for Jessica for some reason. I don’t think that’ll happen, but I think it would be the perfect time for her to pull out some Amy Lee.

Malaya Watson. Malaya has to be smart this week. She’s had three good performances in a row and hasn’t been back in the bottom. This week’s performance will make or break her. It will either send her well into the Top 5 or it could put her back in the bottom. So she needs to do something big.

Alex Preston. I’m thinking Alex is going to be fine no matter what. So he can just have fun this week. I’d like to see him do something a little more edgy. And since I can’t see him doing something super edgy, I’ll suggest The Killers. They aren’t that edgy of a band, but it would be  anise move for him.

Dexter Roberts. Dexter has to do something major. For some reason the country vote isn’t sticking this season and if  he doesn’t take a pop song and turn it into a country song this week, he could be in big trouble. I do think the judges would save him, though.

Majesty Rose. I don’t know if Majesty can do anything to help her. I feel like she’s going to be at the bottom until she goes home this week or next. She’d have to pull off a miracle performance this week. It would have to be so major I can’t even think of something big enough to suggest.

Jena Irene. Jena needs to also do something a little more edgy this week. I can’t get a hold of who she really is as an artist though. Is she a rocker or no? I’m not sure.

C.J. Harris. C.J.’s success has really been hit and miss the past few weeks. He’s going to have to do something to wow voters this week or he could be in trouble again.

Caleb Johnson. This theme is perfect for Caleb. He can virtually pick any song this week and make it work and probably not be any where near the bottom three after the vote.

What do you think the American Idol 2014 Top 9 should since this week?




  1. I’d rather hear Dexer sing one of John Denvers songs, a song from the past would be better then any pop song they have on the charts these days.

  2. “burn it to the ground” by nickelback for caleb. he would completely SLAY it!!. something pink for jessica. and i would love to hear jena attempt gracie slick. the rest?? doesn’t matter

    • I’m wondering if some of them shouldn’t go old school this week. I keep revising but right now:
      Majesty – Guess Who I Saw Today/Nancy Wilson [not the one from Heart, the jazz singer]
      Malaya – Stompin At the Savoy/Ella Fitzgerald
      Dexter – Don’t Hand Me No Lines/Georgia Satellites
      CJ – Kansas City/Fats Domino
      Jessica – I Need You Now/Lady Antebellum
      Caleb – Still The Same/Bob Seger & Silver Bullet
      Jena – Where The Boys Are/Connie Francis
      Sam – Garden Party/Rick Nelson & Stone Canyon
      Alex – Like a Rolling Stone/Dylan & The Band

      • pretty good list but i really don’t think malaya is good enough to take on ella fitzgerald. those are BIG shoes to fill.

      • You’re probably right. I just think that if they do more current stuff fronting the band it’s gonna be an inferno in a land fill rather than just a hot mess. Maybe Malaya could try some Nina Simone or Dakota Staton. I’ve been wanting Caleb to do Bob Seger from day one and I hope TPTB steer him in that direction.

      • caleb would do seger proud. and you’re right about current stuff. the show would be a “welcome to karaoke night”.

      • Rick Nelson song for Sam! Totally agree. He reminded me of young Rick Nelson the instant I saw his performance. I was around to experience Rick 😉

      • I was thinking of Alex doing Dylan as well. maybe Lay Lady Lay. Sam actually looks like Ricky Nelson but I would like to see him maybe do a John Denevr like Calypso.

      • Does Sam have the energy for Calypso? There’s so much enthusiasm in that song, it’s hard for me to imagine Sam managing to sell it.
        Would Idol clear Lay Lady Lay for a family hour show? I know Pumped Up Kicks cleared but that’s so peppy and most people don’t get the lyric. But, LLL is quite specific and slow.

  3. Imo Majesty should sing, Put Your Records On, Corinne Bailey Rae. She doesn’t have to go in the rafters to sing a winning song.

    • I love that song. It could be good for her. Can she get enough power in her voice for it? And have the vocal coaches helped her to overcome that gasping for breath between phrases?

      • I think so, I put some thought into it, she’s a really good singer, she just needs to find the right songs that work for her.

  4. Caleb should sing “Devil with a Blue Dress” by Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels.
    Wouldn’t it be great if Jennifer wore a blue dress and danced during his performance.

    • LOL I’d like some week for Jessica to do Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain and Caleb to counter with Bob Seger’s Still The Same. This year’s roster can’t be that bad if we hope to hear them sing our favorite songs.

    • Can Dexter sing that fast, though? He should do something with fun attitude and some rhythm, for sure.

      • Dexter maybe should do a Carrie Underwood song… like Two Black Cadillacs or something?

      • I think Stormy is right Keep Your Hands To Yourself [the actual song name] by the Georgia Satellites is just right for Dexter. he could put a lot of bounce in that song.

  5. Sam should wear a tux (but updated for a teen) and do an actual Big Band era song, like 1940’s on up. He needs to treat it like it’s meat though, not lighter stuff. Some kind of big hit from the past, the kind people used to dance to or fall in love to, that young people don’t even know is awesome, but they be attracted to the quality of the music and the rhythm. Just like a movie star, use the looks, do something with brass in the background.

    • i think he needs to do something fairly fast paced like Splish Splash/Bobby Darin if he’s going to wake up his fans. No ballads for him if he wants to stay in the competition.

  6. Sam should sing Puppy Love wearing a 80’s tux. Channel his Donny Osmond. Again having the tween girls surround him.

  7. CJ needs to jack things up. How about “Get Up Offa That Thing” by [I think] Oliver James?

    • You know, Malaya is so young and she’s been doing these OTT songs. It would be cool if she did something her age, peppy and fun. S&G’s “59th St. Bridge” would be great for her. Most people think the name of the song is Feelin Groovy. It’s so lighthearted and youthful. Perfect for her IMO.

  8. Jessica or better yet CJ (to really stand out) should sing She talks to Angels by the Black Crows.Will certainly leave an impression.

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