With four singers left, American Idol turns towards rock and roll and guitarist Slash as the mentor-of-the-week. The rumor is that the list of songs will be restricted to classic rock. I’m going to stick with that for my suggestions, as otherwise the category is overwhelmingly large.
Everyone will perform two numbers to fill the alloted time, but some believe that the second performance will be a duet with one of the other contestants. This would result in six performances rather than eight, but it also would be nearly impossible to make suggestions for, as I don’t know what the match ups might be.
As a result, I’ll make two suggestions for each performer.
Danny, who has been rather boring for some time, was much better last week. This week could be good for him, if he leans toward the southern rock genre.
I’d recommend his performing “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd and “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Kris needs to go the rock ballad direction. Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” would be ideal.
Great theme for Allison, as it fits perfectly with her smoky vocals. She definitely needs to do something from Heart’s songbook, perhaps “Barracuda”. For her second song, she should pay homage to Janis Joplin with “Piece of my Heart”.
After Adam’s close call last week, expect him to dig deep and find a couple of fantastic performances. “Dream On” by Aerosmith and “Who’s Crying Now” by Journey would be great song choices.
As a bonus, I’ll make one duet suggestion, in case Adam and Allison are paired. They should perform “Time Stands Still” by Rush with Aimee Mann. Aimee’s part is mostly backup in the original, but there’s no reason it couldn’t be reworked to feature Allison as much as Adam.
Wednesday’s results show will feature performances by No Doubt and Daughtry. It will also, no doubt, include a very lame group performance with all four singers.