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'American Idol': What should the Top 4 sing for 'Songs of the Cinema' Week?

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Image Credit: Michael Becker/Fox; Inset: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesIn five short days, the four remaining contestants of American Idol‘s ninth season will hit the stage and tackle “Songs of the Cinema” under the watchful eye of guest mentor Jamie Foxx. Still, judging from the list of 34 potential genre tracks Idol has posted on iTunes (and listed after the jump), the theme could just as easily be called Tragic Treacle Week. I mean, come on now, how are these cats supposed to sound “current” or “relevant” tackling tracks like “Eye of the Tiger” or “Beauty and the Beast” or that Tina Turner jam with the word “Thunderdome” in it?

I’ve put a call in to execs at Fox and 19 to see if someone can explain to me the logic behind a “Songs of the Cinema” redux, and more specifically the potential set of songs at iTunes. (A Fox spokesperson points out that contestants are by no means limited to the 34 tracks on iTunes…so perhaps there’s not cause for a total emotional shutdown. Check back at this space for updates, and I’ll post a link if I manage to score an enlightening interview with Idol brass.)

Anyhow, I’ve taken the liberty of posting a pair of dream set lists below: One using the 34 iTunes tracks, and one that’s not beholden to such lame-o selections. Check ’em out, then post your own picks in the comments section. Also note: There are a ton of duets posted on the iTunes page, so I am suspecting (and awaiting confirmation from Fox) that just like season 8’s top 4 week, we’ll get four solo performances and two duets. (Warning: Anyone who chooses ‘Tasia’s “Summertime” should be dragged into the street and caned put in the Idol penalty box.) And to get all my Idol news and commentary, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak.

Dream Set List

Crystal Bowersox: Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House” (Stop Making Sense) (kind of a cheat to use a concert movie, but so what?!)

Lee DeWyze: Modern English’s “I Melt With You” (Valley Girl)

Michael Lynche: Diana Ross’ “Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)” (Mahogany)

Casey James: Prince’s “When Doves Cry” (Purple Rain)

Crystal & Lee: The Isley Bros.’ “It’s Your Thing” (Out of Sight)

Casey & Mike: Bobby Womack’s “Across 110th Street” (Across 110th Street)

Set List Using Idol iTunes Track List

Crystal Bowersox: Simple Minds’ “Don’t You Forget About Me”

Lee DeWyze: Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” (stripped down to just an acoustic guitar)

Michael Lynche: Carly Simon’s “Let the River Run”

Casey James: Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris”

Crystal & Lee: The Fifth Dimension’s “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In”

Casey & Mike: Bryan Adams’s “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman” (ugh…not many options, folks…sorry!)

iTunes “Songs of the Cinema” Listing

“(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”: Bryan Adams

“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”: Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

“A Whole New World”: Brad Kane & Lea Salonga

“Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In”: The 5th Dimension

“Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)”: Christopher Cross

“Beauty and the Beast”: Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson

“Can I Have This Dance”: Vanessa Hudgens, Zac Efron & the Cast of HS Musical

“Can You Feel the Love Tonight”: Elton John & London Community Gospel Choir

“Can’t Fight the Moonlight”: LeAnn Rimes

“Danger Zone”: Kenny Loggins

“Don’t You Forget About Me”: Simple Minds

“Endless Love”: Lionel Richie & Diana Ross

“Evergreen”: Barbra Streisand

“Eye of the Tiger”: Survivor

“Flashdance (What a Feeling)”: Irene Cara

“Footloose”: Kenny Loggins

“Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman”: Bryan Adams

“I’m Alright (Theme from Caddyshack)”: Kenny Loggins

“Into the West”: Howard Shore and Annie Lennox

“Iris”: Goo Goo Dolls

“It Might Be You (from Tootsie)”:  Stephen Bishop

“Kiss From a Rose”: Seal

“Let the River Run”: Carly Simon

“Moon River (from Moon River)”: Audrey Hepburn & Henry Mancini

“Mrs. Robinson”: Simon & Garfunkel

“My Heart Will Go On”: Celine Dion

“One Night Only”: Jennifer Hudson, Deena Jones & The Dreams

“Over the Rainbow”: Judy Garland

“Separate Lives”: Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin

“Summertime”: Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

“Take My Breath Away (Love Theme from Top Gun)”: Berlin

“Up Where We Belong”: Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes

“We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)”:  Tina Turner

“You’ll Be in My Heart”: Glenn Close & Phil Collins

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