Tomorrow night brings us week three of the American Idol finals, with Gwen Stefani (pictured) coaching the contestants as they perform pop songs. Based on Jessica Shaw’s exit interview with recently booted contestant Stephanie Edwards, the show’s producers are allowing for a pretty broad range of “pop” tunes; Stephanie was trying to choose among “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper, “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Prince (as recorded by Sinéad O’Connor), and “MacArthur Park” by Jimmy Webb (as recorded by Donna Summer).
Which has me wondering, if you were advising the contestants this week, which songs would you choose for them? Whitney Pastorek and I are dishing this topic on tomorrow morning’s Idolatry webcast, but I thought it was worth discussing on PopWatch as well. I’ll get the ball rolling, and you put your requests in the comments section below. LaKisha, are you listening?
Phil Stacey: Collective Soul’s “Shine”
Jordin Sparks: Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Maps”
Blake Lewis: George Michael’s “Freedom 90”
Melinda Doolittle: Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High”
Chris Richardson: Tom Petty’s “The Waiting”
LaKisha Jones: Britney Spears’ “Toxic”
Chris Sligh: the Bangles’ “If She Knew What She Wants”
Haley Scarnato: Bananarama’s “I Heard a Rumor”
Sanjaya Malakar: the Scorpions’ “Rock You Like a Hurricane”
Gina Glocksen: 4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up”
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