Our Top Ten American Idol wannabees travel from Memphis to Detroit next week, with songs from Motown. The wife and I thought we’d change things up a bit, and make suggestions of what we think each contestant should choose.
Its unclear whether they are going to allow any song from the soul genre, or just limit it to actual releases from Motown Records.
Our first choice for Allison was “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, but we’re not sure that actually counts as a Motown song. If not, she should go for “No Where to Run” by Martha Reeves.
In either case, she should give the performance a rocker girl edge.
This one is easy: “Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding. We’re envisioning a performance more in the vein of The Commitments, however.
If “Proud Mary” is an option, she should channel her inner Tina Turner. If not, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” by Thelma Houston would be a solid alternative.
Definitely “Mustang Sally” by Wilson Pickett.
I’m really starting to get bored by Scott, so I think he should change things up with “I Can’t Get Next to You” by The Temptations. It has a fantastic piano solo at the start of the song.
It’s an ensemble song, however, so he would need a lot of help from the backup singers.
“You Are the Sunshine of my Life” by Stevie Wonder. With more than twenty-five covers out, there are any number of ways he could take the song.
Megan, Megan, Megan… You’re an odd duck, and picking songs for you is not easy. We’re thinking “Where Did Our Love Go?” by The Supremes.
No more bizarre Egyptian versions of songs, Adam. Go back to the rocker thing.
And give us a rock version of “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder. As the song was originally written for Jeff Beck, we think you can put something together.
In my opinion, Michael’s already been around two weeks longer than he should have, so he’d better starting putting things together. A solid performance of “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations would be a step in the right direction.
Noop Dog was brilliant during Country Week with his rendition of “Always On My Mind”. The question now is, “Does he go back to the entertaining Anoop or stick with the Anoop who can actually sing?”
We say he should do both. So, the song is “Super Freak” by Rick James, but he should start with a greatly slowed version, and then transition into the traditional version midway through.
Yes, it’s a strange idea, but he needs to keep changing things up if he wants to stay around much longer.