'American Idol': What should the Top 8 sing for songs from the cinema week? What should they avoid?
Good news! As if to help the American Idol nation cope with the surprise departure of Pia Toscano last week, this week the Top 8 contestants will be singing songs from the movies (sorry, the “cinema,” as the show’s British producers often insist on calling it), which in years past has proven to be a solid night of music. In season 2, winner Ruben Studdard pulled off a surprisingly soulful “A Whole New World”; in season 3, winner Fantasia Barrino delivered what many believe is still the best Idol performance ever when she sang “Summertime”; and in season 8, winner Kris Allen took a big risk that paid off big time when he attempted the Oscar-winning-if-still-kinda-obscure “Falling Slowly.” Them’s big shoes to fill, but thankfully, we’re here to offer our always expert advice on what the Top 8 should sing, and what they should avoid. Check out our picks below:
DO SING: “You Can Leave Your Hat On,” Joe Cocker, from 9 1/2 Weeks and The Full Monty
DO SING: “Save Me,” Aimee Mann, from Magnolia
DO NOT SING: “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” Aerosmith, from Armageddon
DO SING: “Uninvited,” Alanis Morissette, from City of Angels
DO NOT SING: “Born to Be Wild,” Steppenwolf, from Easy Rider
DO SING: “Come What May,” Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman, from Moulin Rouge!
DO SING: “Unchained Melody,” The Righteous Brothers, from Ghost
DO NOT SING: Anything from The Bodyguard
DO SING: “Travelin’ Through,” Dolly Parton, from Transamerica (admit it, this would be awesome)
DO NOT SING: “Jailhouse Rock,” Elvis Presley, from Jailhouse Rock
DO SING: “Everybody’s Talkin’,” Harry Nilsson, from Midnight Cowboy
DO SING: “Moon River,” Audrey Hepburn, from Breakfast at Tiffany’s
DO NOT SING: “Up Where We Belong,” Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, from An Officer and a Gentleman