By Michael Slezak
April 27, 2007 at 07:13 PM EDT

Perhaps it’s because we’ve endured back-to-back-to-back doses of Latin night, country night, and inspirational ballads night, but I’m oddly excited about the prospect of guest coaches Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora bringing a harder sound back to the Idol stage this coming Tuesday. And while, at first glance, none of the six remaining contestants appear likely to follow in the footsteps of fellow Idol alum Chris Daughtry, I’ve got a feeling they’ll all excel in the rock genre. Think about it: Melinda’s got the growl, Blake’s got the cool, and Jordin’s already successfully covered Pat Benatar. Since Fox’s press release doesn’t narrow down the theme to anything more specific than “rock” — though, seriously, a “hair metal” night (featuring a group rendition of Ratt’s “Round and Round“) would be one for the ages — I was pretty broad with my request list. Ch-ch-check it out, then rock on with your bad selves in the comments section below. (And if you want to weigh in on the next episode of Idolatry, send your No. 1 request, along with a daytime phone number, to LaKisha Jones, Janis Joplin’s “Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)” (but only if she tears her soul out of her chest and throws it down on the stage in the spirit of the original)- Blake Lewis, Weezer’s “Beverly Hills” (because dude’s reign of sensitive balladry must end!)- Melinda Doolittle, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” or perhaps Tina Turner’s “I Can’t Stand the Rain” (can you tell the forecast in New York is heinous, with intermittent miserable?)- Chris Richardson, ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man” (but only if he doesn’t pair his suit with sneakers)- Jordin Sparks, ‘Til Tuesday’s “Voices Carry” (oh, hi, legendary!)- Phil Stacey, Oasis’s “Wonderwall” (soar, Phil, soar!)