‘American Idol’ Goes Classic Rock: What Should The Top 7 Sing?

With no ballads allowed, Wednesday night's "Idol" should be interesting, to say the very least.

Perhaps forgetting that we’re currently slogging through “the season of the slow song” on “American Idol,” producers have declared this week’s theme to be “Classic Rock, No Ballads” … which is sure to make Wednesday night’s show an, uh, interesting one (especially if you’re Lazaro Arbos).

The pressure’s bound to be on a few of the remaining seven to deliver — will there be a better chance all season for Kree Harrison or Janelle Arthur to stand out from the pack?!? — while others, like Arbos and Amber Holcomb, seem destined to struggle … and that’s putting it mildly. And hey, as if all of that isn’t incentive enough to tune in, when else are you going to get the chance to shout “Freebird!” at the TV? So, with the entirety of Classic Rock to choose from, what songs should the “Idol” hopefuls select to soar (or, alternately, to suck slightly less)? Here are our picks.

Amber Holcomb: In theory, the deck’s stacked against her this week (unless Whitney Houston recorded a Classic Rock tune we’re not aware of), but, if you stop and think about it for a second, there’s plenty out there that could match her big voice … and even bigger ego. That’s why we think she takes on something from Queen. Maybe “Somebody To Love” or “Killer Queen?” Bonus points if she dresses like Freddie at Live Aid.

Angie Miller: Since she seems determined to tarnish that squeaky clean image week after week, perhaps she gets down and dirty with Heart’s “Barracuda,” or Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” If she chooses to play it safe, might we suggest Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman?” More importantly, will Nicki make it all the way through her critique without getting on her iPhone?

Burnell Taylor: Another one probably had a difficult time picking a song this week, so perhaps he’s finally willing to take a risk? If so, wouldn’t it be cool to hear him put a nu-soul spin on Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” or the Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold?” Actually, you know what, forget it … he should do the Police’s “Roxanne.” It may end up being the surprise highlight of the night.

Candice Glover: She can sing anything, so there’s no need to worry about her tonight. Shoot, maybe this will be a good chance for her to step outside of her comfort zone and prove to America that she can actually win this thing. Would love to hear her take on the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” or “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” either of which would give her ample opportunity to blow.

Janelle Arthur: She proved last week that she’s willing to take a chance with her moody version of the Supremes’ “Keep Me Hangin’ On,” and she could continue that trend by once again going acoustic on something like Van Morrison’s “Moondance” or Kansas’ “Carry On My Wayward Son.” Or she could really embrace her Southern roots by doing Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” … even though she is from Tennessee.

Kree Harrison: Seems like this week was custom-made for her, and there is no shortage of songs she could pick that would play to her strengths: the Eagles “Hotel California,” Derek and the Dominos’ “Layla,” Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising” But for whatever reason, we can’t shake the suspicion she does the Band’s “The Weight.” Regardless, this should be her night to shine.

Lazaro Arbos: It probably doesn’t matter what he chooses this week, though if he shimmied his way through Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” it would probably be one for the ages. Alternately, he could just decide not to sing … come to think of it, that may be his best move.

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