…”Songs By Your Musical Idol,” according to our Fox sources. Which means all of us can breathe a sigh of relief that we won’t see Scotty McCreery forced to attempt disco (yet). The theme, of course, is a double-edged sword for the contestants: The Top 13 can show us tonight what kind of artists they hope to be — but can they do it without being compared to their much-more-established idols? Contestants in the past few seasons have typically fared better performing songs from artists whose style is remarkably different from their own. Just see: David Cook on Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” Kris Allen on Kanye West’s “Heartless,” Blake Lewis on Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name.” (But then again, Elliott Yamin, Chris Daughtry, and Clay Aiken found success performing songs from similar-sounding artists Donnie Hathaway, Fuel, and Neil Sedaka, respectively, so it can be done.) But let’s get down to the real question: What will the Top 13 sing? (And stay away from those spoiler sites, PopWatchers!)
We’ll find out their chosen tracks tonight, but in the meantime, give us your best guesses below. Then, at 8 p.m. ET, come back to EW.com, where People‘s Aaron Parsley will be joining me in a live blog of season 10’s first finals show. Will Steven wear ruffles? (Yes.) Will J.Lo literally be glowing? (Yes.) Will Casey Abrams continue to be sexy? (Yes.) All that and more at 8 p.m.! See you then!