This Sunday on American Idol 2018, The Top 10 will be mentored by Idina Menzel as the perform songs from the Disney catalog (Thanks, ABC/Disney). There are a lot of songs for them to choose from, so we thought it would be fun to choose which songs each of the finalists should sing.
We used to do these posts a lot when we knew what the theme was going to be each week, but in recent seasons they’ve gotten away from themes, so we’re happy to be able to do this again! So let’s get to it!
Which Disney Songs Should The American Idol 2018 Top 10 Sing?
Gabby Barrett, “Let it Go” from “Frozen.” This is the obvious choice for Gabby. She’s the frontrunner currently, so let’s give her the most popular modern Disney song. And it requires some pipes, so she should be able to handle it. This might be too obvious for her, so maybe she’ll do something else like
Catie Turner, “Hakuna Matata,” From “The Lion King.” Catie is never going to sing a song I think she should, like “Part of Your World,” so I’m going to go with something really silly like “Hakuna Matata.” And at this point, she can sing whatever she wants and I think she’s still going to stick around for the long haul.
Maddie Poppe, “Rainbow Connection” from “The Muppet Movie.” True story: I was looking at Disney songs and saw this and thought this would be perfect for Maddie! Then When I googled the song to listen, I was reminded that she sang this during her audition! So I’m proud of myself for picking the perfect song for her. I’m not sure she’ll actually decide to sing it for Disney week, but she should. I’d love to hear her perform the whole thing with backing vocals and the band.
Junree, “I Believe” from “A Wrinkle in Time.” The is a pretty new song and maybe not that well known, but it’s a good one and would be perfect for Michelle. Performed by DJ Khaled and Demi Lovato, it’s energetic and modern and would be right in her wheelhouse.
Michael Woodard “Unforgettable” from “Finding Dory.” This of course was a Nat King Cole song before it was a Sia song performed in “Finding Dory,” but it still counts as a Disney song, and I think it would be perfect for Michael. He could put his unique spin on it more in the style of Sia. He could really have a moment with this.
Caleb Lee Hutchinson, “You’ve Got a Friend In Me” from “Toy Story.” Caleb was a tough one. Disney doesn’t really have country songs. But Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” is pretty close to it. I think this would be a great song for him.
Ada Vox, “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin.” Ada needs a big song like this. So I think it would be perfect for her. She might also be good with “Let it Go,” but something tells me Gabby could get first dibs on that. And even though “A Whole New World” is a duet, it can be done as a solo. Plus she’s got the range.
Cade Foehner, “Bare Necessities” from “The Jungle Book.” Cade was the toughest to pick for. Seriously, what is he going to sing? Maybe he’ll go with one of the rock songs from “Cars,” but I think it would be pretty amazing to see what he’d do with this song from “The Jungle Book”. Whatever he picks, it’s going to have to be a rock version, so it’s going to be interesting no matter what.
Michelle Sussett, “Try Everything” from “Zootopia.” I think this would be perfect for Michelle because it’s got sass and spunk and she could even pull out some Spanish on it. It was performed by Shakira in the movie, so I think Michelle could definitely work this one in her favor. She might want to pick a better known song, though, so I’m not sure about that.
Dennis Lorenzo, “Baby Mine” from “Dumbo.” I think since he’s a parent, he could really make this song his own. It’s sweet and emotional and would be perfect for him.