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Top Idol’s Song Suggestions for the American Idol Top 7

April 12, 2009

American Idol (Season 8) Top 7

I’m a big fan of movie soundtracks. Good ones, that is. But since I have always believed music is one of the biggest factors in making a good movie. Too many films dial this shit in, especially ones choosing to use Ain’t No Mountain High Enough as a recurring motif (no surprise those involved include overrated superstars such as Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington, i.e., Stepmom and Remember the Titans, respectively) or to provide audio backdrop to the climax (i.e., Bridget Jones’ Diary).

So I’m really hoping Ain’t No Mountain High Enough isn’t sung by say, Danny Gokey, because technically it is not an actual soundtrack song. It was not originally recorded for a film, but Idol did let him sing Stand By Me in Songs From Their Birth Year week so I’m sure it could happen.

Unfortunately, Scott MacIntyre is gone! Granted, he probably would not have done Through The Eyes of Love from 1978’s Ice Castles because Blind Guy had class and never talked about his “challenges” (I’m looking at you, Paula and the dumb bitch sitting on your right), but then again, the late-70s Melissa Manchester ballad has Scott MacIntyre written all over it.

Plus, you know he totally owns this compilation album (Ok, my original choice was a similar compilation put together a few years before this one called Secret Love, with the playful couple hanging out by the fire, had some Toni & Tennile songs, you know the one I’m talking about. Yeah, well it’s not on YouTube, dammit! It’s up there with Freedom Rock.)

Anyway, I’m sticking to the “rules”. I’m only using songs which we released on a soundtrack album, or written specifically for a film. These are my suggestions for what these progressively-boring group of yahoos should since this week. (Hopefully, these rules will be inacted because frankly, I really do not feel we should be forced to hear Lil Rounds garble her way through the umpteenth Idol cover of I Will Always Love You. Thankfully, this will also prevent Not-So-Lil-Ass from doing anything on the What’s Love Gotta Do With It soundtrack, although I have a feeling she learned she should never do Ms. Tina again.)

Adam Lambert
Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

Screech McQueen is likely to go up-tempo again this week, since he seems to be alternating by week, but Moon River, from the 1963’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s would be the perfect choice. It’s not as if he has to worry whether or not he’s going to stick around, but Moon River will please his frau-base, as well as satisfying his love for the theatrical. And its not so much the Mancini-version I am suggesting, as Screech has the tendency to borrow or experiment with new arrangements of older music, Moon River has been done a few times since then…most notably by tortured troubador Morissey, an artist I would imagine Lambert greatly admires. Moz’s Moon River is also not known much outside of Moz fans, so if Screech busted this out on stage, it would be yet one more time people would cream themselves over this guy.

But seriously, watch this video. And if you disagree, then you’re just stupid. It would be the PERFECT song choice, even if he incurs the wrath of Moz, who probably would shit two bricks of tofu if he heard his music on American Idol.

Allison Iraheta
Bring Me To Life 

If La Princesa del Mariachi does an “older” song this week, I worry she will be criticized for not doing something “young”. After all, the most current song we’ve heard La Princesa do is No Doubt’s Don’t Speak. Since the judges are more predictable than the tides, I sense she is due to get her ass handed to her for not being “youthful” enough in the coming weeks, which has probably only been staved off because of her pink hair and post-modern Punky Brewster fashion sense.  

Anyway, this Evanescence song might be iffy, as it was not recorded for the Daredevil, although it was released on the film’s soundtrack before Evanescence released Fallen in early March 2003. So therefore, I’ll say it counts. La Princesa could definitely handle Amy Lee’s vocals, plus this a total La Princesa song with dark themes and a charging chorus she can really throw her vocals into. Plus, its only from 6 years ago. Hell, Don’t Speak is over a decade old now. It’s the perfect song for La Princesa to KILL. 

This is the ideal song choice for La Princesa. Plus, I think its time for La Pricesa to step up her game. 

Anoop Desai
Jai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire)

No. I am not suggesting this because Anoop is Indian and someone needs to bring Bollywood to the Idol stage (although…that might be fun). I am suggesting this because it could keep Anoop around for another week and sadly, people are ignorant and something like this could really appeal to the American public. Slumdog Millionaire won Best Picture, Best Original Score and Best Original Song at this year’s Academy Awards. It’s also been a consistent Top-selling album on iTunes for quite some time now. He might be able to pick up some votes, although I’m sure he never wants to hear those ignorant comparisons ever again (OMG HE IS INDIAN JUST LIKE IN THAT REALLY GOOD MOVIE AND HIS HAME IS ANOOPDAWG). Jai Ho isn’t a likely choice, but come on, it could be delightfully calculated measure. Granted, the poor kid probably wouldn’t lose the Anoopdog Millionaire monkier any time soon, and I’m sure some crazy fans have already speculated parallels between these ridiculous “cheating” allegations and the saga of Jamal Malik, so…

Yeah, it would be either completely stupid. Or totally brilliant. Hell, last season, blatant “nationalistic” pandering extended Kristy Lee Cook’s Idol stay.

(Hmmm…remember those shitty spoilers from last week’s Joe’s Place Blog? They claimed Anoop would be singing Who’s Johnny? from Short Circuit: 2 and Lil Rounds would be singing Let’s Hear it for the Boy from Footloose…I still don’t think they’re correct, but hell, it would be kind of amusing those we what those two went with.)

Danny Gokey
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

You know something? I’m going to use this one just because I can sooooo see him doing it. Even if it doesn’t stick to the “rules”. Because Gokey seems to find ways to bend the rules (see last week’s performance of “Mickey Gilley’s 1983 version of Stand By Me) to sing something he deems inspirational enough. I’m almost giddy with anticipation to see what Tarantino will say about this yahoo, because after checking out video from his stint as a guest judge on Season 3, this man probably offers more astute and relevant criticism than any of what the judge’s blow up these kids’ asses. 

But I do believe Idol might be a bit more lenient than the Academy in deeming what is an “original song” and will probably allow for schlock like this, especially if it means Gokey can over-sing and over-preach with all that soul he’s got in him. Ewwww. I started hearing Cougar From Hell DioGuardi’s voice in my head. Noooooo. But yes, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough is a stereotypical Gokey song, full of gospel bombast and inspiration. It’s almost too easy of a choice, but naturally, his frau-base will proclaim it genius, heartfelt and as great as the Marvin Gaye original. I know this guy gets a lot of votes, however, the only thing he really inspires in me and countless others is intense hatred every time he pops up onto our television screens on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Kirs Allen
Falling Slowly (Once)

Yes, another Oscar-winning song, but Hot By Default might actually be able to pull off this song, especially with his guitar. It’s already “stripped down”, but it’s an incredible song. Hot By Default has had some very solid performances this season, excluding last week’s misstep coming off his excellent Ain’t No Sunshine. By doing Falling Slowly, he could definitely bring back the guitar and perform this gorgeous anthem of busker love in a even-more “stripped down” version not unlike his Grand Ole Opry week Garth Brooks performance.

Of course, it also gives the chance for obsessive Kradam fans to speculate that he’s really singing it to Lambert. Everybody wins.

Lil Rounds
Kissing You (Romeo & Juliet)

I have always loved the Romeo & Juliet soundtrack. So shoot me. It’s good! Desiree’s Kissing You isn’t one of my favorite tracks, but many people love it. Plus, it would allow Not-So-Lil-Ass to move out of her comfort zone with baby steps. The vocals may be a challenge, but if she could handle it, then she might get back into the pimpseat-alloted-for-female-R&B-contestant. But more importantly, Kissing You is a definite departure from the schlock she’s been singing these last few weeks, but it still has diva ballad written all over it. And it’s also more youthful, although the film did come out in 1996. (Jesus christ, I am getting old.)

Anyway, check it out. What do you think?

Matt Giraud
Night Fever (Saturday Night Fever)

Since Matt won’t get any love if he EVER AGAIN veers away from his “bluesy-soul vibe”, at this point, Mole Boy won’t be taking any chances. And what song would best show off that soulfulness / Poor Man’s Timberlake vibe? The Bee Gee’s Night Fever. It’s a classic, of course, but let’s not ever forget the Timberlake’s BRILLIANT Robin Gibb on The Barry Gibb Talk Show from SNL. It’s a win-win-win. And then Kara will cream herself and have another obvious Giraudgasm at the judges’ table and we call all laugh at her. The only person who really loses is the poor staff forced to scour the judge’s table once the Kodak Theatre empties on Tuesday night.

What songs do you think they should sing? Or what is your absolute favorite film song from all time and why? Me wants to know!

27 Comments leave one →
  1. Carrie S permalink
    April 22, 2009 4:37 pm

    Okay, the perfect song for Adam would have been Queen’s “Who wants to live forever” from “The Highlander” film. Also the best songs for his vocal range are anything sung by Freddie Mercury or Journey’s Steve Perry. Adam loves to do vocal calisthenics and those two guys had/have amazing range.

  2. April 14, 2009 4:17 pm

    I keep hearing this song in my head and thinking it would be great possibly for Chris, maybe Gokey
    from August Rush – This Time
    from the movie

    and the original, as performed by the songwriter, Chris Trapper

  3. Abigail permalink
    April 14, 2009 11:19 am

    Oh shit if Danny does ‘Aint No Mountain High Enough’ it will make my night.
    I wish Megan was here for this week so we could watch her destroy yet another classic song. She could have a sing-off with Lil on that one.
    Okay, here’s a random and totally unnecessary thought for you-I know Adam’s the gay one, but during Motown Week did anyone else notice that while Danny was hugging Smokey he hung on for a little too long? I watched that bit over to make sure I wasn’t just being perverted, but there it was…Danny hanging on for just a few lingering moments. Priceless.

  4. Nathalia permalink
    April 14, 2009 9:35 am

    I loooove Moz’s “Moon River” version. But I don’t know if Adam has what it takes.
    And “Kissing you” is untouchable. Lil Rounds would ruin it, really.

    I don’t know about Anoop’s song choice…But I love the guy, I hope he sticks around.

    By the way, I love Top Idol. You rock! 🙂

  5. April 14, 2009 5:40 am

    First, just clearing things up–Idol is NOT at the Kodak Theater every week, it’s at CBS studios. They’d need to knock some kids over to get the Kodak Theater twice a week for 5 months straight LOL.
    I agree about Gokey. omg. The guy has chops, but he’s sooooo cliche. One of those people I love in the beginning and then get friggin tired of. (Katherine McPhee, anyone?)
    HAHAHAHAHA ANOOP. He would never. He seems like one of those snotty superliberals that thinks they’re always right and have no sense of humor… unless you’re insulting conservatives.
    And LMAO about Morrissey… oh man, I love those weird people who are legends but don’t like to show it… and we all know it’s not modesty.

    • April 14, 2009 5:42 am

      Shit I said “chops”. I sound like Kara.
      Before you know it I’m gonna be talking about… artistry (NOOOOOOO)

  6. Sane Jason Fan permalink
    April 13, 2009 8:52 pm

    Screech should do Sweet Transvestite from The Rocky Horror Picture Show in drag. It would be unforgettable. And with all the heads that would explode it would be gorier than Tarantino’s Kill Bill films.

    Lil will probably do My Heart Will Go On or some other big diva ballad. ZZZZZ

    Danny will do Climb Every Mountain from the Sound of Music or something else “inspiring”. It will be like every other song he sings which means it will be coma-inducing. He will get his usual tongue bath from the judges and may break into tears this week, especially if he gets the pimp spot. Then again he may save the tears for a later round since he isn’t going anywhere.

    • Maree permalink
      April 14, 2009 3:52 am

      I would swear to love Screech forever if he did it, but I already swore that after Ring of Fire.

  7. Deez permalink
    April 13, 2009 2:26 pm

    Your choice for Kris is nothing short of brilliant…with this, he’s safe for two more weeks…provided we finally actually get to hear the guitar.

  8. LetsMaimDorkey permalink
    April 13, 2009 1:22 pm

    i think adam should do “lets hear it for the boy” 😛
    that would be awesome
    … does anyone else think that it’s a seriously good coming out song?…. 😐

    • Maree permalink
      April 13, 2009 1:30 pm

      Someone on another blog suggested ‘Evil Urges’ by My Morning Jacket (seriously, everybody’s cudgeling their brains to come up with names of bands with tenors in ’em). Sample lyric: ‘Ooo, I made a nasty decision/To love whoever I want-a whenever I can!’
      I would pay good money to see that. It would be epic. It would be make RoF look like ‘Sunday in the Park With George’.
      Which all means: never gonna happen.

      • LetsMaimDorkey permalink
        April 13, 2009 2:59 pm

        never say never!
        ring of fire didn’t get the axe so there is still hope for a ‘favourite ambiguous sexual innuendo song’ night in my books 😛

  9. April 13, 2009 1:15 pm

    topidol, you might be my idol soulmate. i said the same thing about anoop singing jai ho and about allion looking like a troll last week! anyway, i’d love kris to sing nobody does it better.

    • TopIdol permalink
      April 13, 2009 2:23 pm

      Carly Simon?

      Oh thank flying spaghetti monster they didn’t do movie night last year. Fraking Mormon Nanny!

      Although I do think my favorite Carly Simon movie theme is Let The River Run. 🙂

  10. Maree permalink
    April 13, 2009 11:45 am

    I’m kind of a fan of Screech + Supermassive Black Hole. And I’d bet Melissa Etheridge’s ‘I’m The Only One’ is on some soundtrack somewhere; La Princesa would SLAY with it.

    • TopIdol permalink
      April 13, 2009 12:52 pm

      La Princesa would totally slay Melissa Etheridge. That’s an excellent selection. Imagine her doing “I Wanna Come Over”, although that would be strange coming on the heels of “I Can’t Make You Love Me”. Although it would be funny if she followed both of those up with more Heart — “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You”.

      • Maree permalink
        April 13, 2009 1:37 pm

        And her grand finale on Top Three Night would be ‘You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling’. The full spectrum, baby. But seriously, though, if she ever makes Top Three she’ll be singing ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ right before Danny effing Gokey gets to sing ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’.

    • TopIdol permalink
      April 13, 2009 12:52 pm

      I think Time Is Running Out would be a better Muse choice, although its not on a soundtrack, however, it was used in the season 3 premiere of Entourage.

      • Maree permalink
        April 13, 2009 1:44 pm

        I hadn’t actually heard that song. Youtubing…oh, it’s cool! Whatever he sings though, I have a feeling we won’t see it coming.

        • TopIdol permalink
          April 13, 2009 2:02 pm

          That’s why I called Moon River, a la Moz. But I do agree, we probably won’t have a clue.

  11. Maree permalink
    April 13, 2009 11:38 am

    Hmm…Anoop-dawg Millionaire? Lol! But seriously, has he got the chops?
    Rahman has some serious skills in the singing department, check out the runs on this baby: they’re @ 2:39-3:23 and that last note(!). Ignore the cheesy-ass video please.

  12. AIFan permalink
    April 12, 2009 11:24 pm

    Oh no ! No “Moon River” for Adam ! This is a boooooring song and even Morissey could not save it. Leave it to the likes of Anwar.

  13. Sarah permalink
    April 12, 2009 10:56 pm

    I completely agree on the R&J soundtrack- and I LOVE that song. Hopefully she doesn’t screw it up if she does choose that one.


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