Tuesday night’s (April 14) “American Idol” theme is “Songs From The Movies,” with Quentin Tarantino appearing once again as guest mentor. (The movie director/ “Idol” superfan made an awesome appearance as a brutally honest guest judge in season three.) With the contestants facing a broad theme with thousands of options, we thought we’d help them navigate the songbook by offering a few suggestions. We also looked into our “Idol” crystal ball to try to predict what the contestants will sing tonight. As far as what Quentin Tarantino will do? There’s no way to predict that.
What He Might Pick: Well, he already perfected Gary Jules’ cover of “Mad World” from “Donnie Darko,” so he’ll probably reach back to his audition and please his fans with an abridged “Bohemian Rhapsody” from “Wayne’s World.”
What We’d Like to Hear: With a dude as theatrical as Adam, we can think of about 50 different suggestions — “Heaven on Their Minds” from “Jesus Christ Superstar” or anything from “Rent” or “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” But we’re starting to worry that Adam’s “Idol” journey is turning into a big audition for Broadway . So, Adam, stay away from anything that was in a musical and instead introduce “Idol” to Radiohead — “Fake Plastic Trees” appeared in the movie “Clueless,” so jump on that and knock it out of the park.
What She Might Pick: The judges have compared her to Kelly Clarkson, so maybe she’ll take that as a hint that she should sing Kelly’s “Breakaway” from “The Princess Diaries 2″ soundtrack.
What We’d Like to Hear: We have to agree with MJsBigBlog.com: Allison should study the Tarantino song list and slay Smith’s “Baby, It’s You” from “Death Proof.” Holy crap, we get chills just thinking about it.
What He Might Pick: Last week’s “True Colors” showed Anoop’s sensitive side, so that means this week he’ll most likely go back to his frat-guy ways. Plus, based on his attitude over the past few weeks, we wouldn’t be surprised if he tried Joe Esposito’s “You’re the Best Around” from “The Karate Kid” and dedicated it to himself.
What We’d Like to Hear: Continuing with the “Colors” motif, we’d love to see Anoop sit on the side of the stage and passionately sing Kermit the Frog’s “Rainbow Connection.” There wouldn’t be a dry eye in the house!
What He Might Pick: This one’s a no-brainer. Danny has had the “City of Angels” Goo Goo Dolls’ track “Iris” picked out since the day he talked about his deceased wife on camera. Also expect him to have the “pimp spot” this week.
What We’d Like to Hear: We liked Gokey best when he showed restraint during Grand Ole Opry week. Tap into that sensitive side, ditch the growl (and the dancing) and do a super-stripped-down take on “Hopelessly Devoted to You” from “Grease.” It’ll be sentimental without hitting America over the head.
What He Might Pick: Kris has the funky footwork and the guitar bounce down, so it’s only a matter of time before he busts out a little Dave Matthews Band on the “Idol” stage. Luckily, DMB offered up “Where Are You Going” to the Adam Sandler flick, “Mr. Deeds,” so Kris’ destiny can be fulfilled. My wife is going to love it.
What We’d Like to Hear: On the surface, the La’s “There She Goes” from the “So I Married an Axe Murderer” soundtrack is in a similar vein to a Dave Matthews tune, but the alleged ode to heroin will give the pretty boy the edge he so desperately needs to woo fans other than middle-aged gay dudes and teen girls. (Although, on second thought, is anyone else watching “Idol” these days?)
What She Might Pick: Poor Lil thinks she’s the next Whitney, when in actuality she’s probably more like the next Amerie. But she’ll continue her trend of picking songs that are way too big for her and she’ll ruin Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were.”
What We’d Like to Hear: It’s time Lil Rounds reinvented herself as a pop diva. Why not take the bubbly Cardigans megahit “Lovefool” from the “Romeo + Juliet” soundtrack and inject it with some R&B flavor?
What He Might Pick: Matt finally got raves from the judges last week for his slowed-down “Part Time Lover.” We think his days of rock-and-roll risk-taking are over, so he’ll croon the relatively safe Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now).”
What We’d Like to Hear: If Matt sat behind the piano and delivered a passionate take on Prince’s “The Beautiful Ones” from the “Purple Rain” soundtrack, he’d emerge as an honest-to-God contender for the “Idol” crown. Ditto for Janet Jackson’s “Poetic Justice” track, “Again.”
What do you want to hear your favorites sing? And are there any songs you hope they absolutely positively avoid? Leave a comment below!
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