Our 'American Idol' Rock Week Predictions

American Idol Top 4To the best of our knowledge, "American Idol" has never done a straight-up, honest-to-goodness "Rock Week." Sure, there's been a "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" week and a "Beatles" week, but tonight's show marks the first time they're just doing "Rock." Plain, awesome "Rock."

Of course, given that this is "Idol," they're also making it as confusing as possible, which means that, depending on what you read, tonight might also be "Classic Rock" (i.e. "songs from the '70s and '80s") night, or it might be "Rock Duets" night, or it might be some combination of the two.

We know, we don't get it either.

Anyway, despite our confusion, we here in the MTV Newsroom take both "Idol" and "rocking" pretty seriously, which means that we've been exchanging countless e-mails about just what each of the final four should sing tonight ... there were no shortage of selections, and you can read some of the best after the jump.

Gil Kaufman, Senior Writer:

"Adam Lambert ... 'Welcome to the Jungle,' something by Queen or David Bowie, or Aerosmith 'Dream On.' Also, probably something a capella.

Allison Iraheta ... Heart 'Crazy on You' or 'Barracuda.' Pat Benatar's 'Heartbreaker.' The Who's 'Love, Reign O'er Me.'

Danny Gokey ... Steve Winwood, Bob Seger's 'Old Time Rock and Roll,' or he could suck up to Randy with Journey’s 'Open Arms.' Maybe the Animals' 'House of the Rising Sun.'

Kris Allen ... [Some version of] 'Suspicious Minds' or maybe something from the Grateful Dead or the Eagles. Maybe U2's 'One,' or 'With or Without You.” R.E.M.'s 'Losing My Religion.'"

Joe DeShano, Video Editor:


'Bringin’ On The Heartbreak' -- Def Leppard

'Take On Me' -- A-ha

'Love Hurts' -- Nazareth

'Kiss Me Deadly' -- Lita Ford

'Sweet Dreams' -- Eurythmics


'Turbo Lover' -- Judas Priest

'Shout' -- Tears For Fears

'We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)' -- Tina Turner

'You Shook Me All Night Long' -- AC/DC

'Balls To The Wall' -- Accept


'Wish You Were Here' -- Pink Floyd

'Sunday Bloody Sunday' -- U2

'Beds Are Burning' -- Midnight Oil

'Paradise City' -- Guns N' Roses

'Under Pressure' -- Queen/Bowie

(BTW, if he doesn’t pick this…I would love to see Allison and him do this as a duet in the finale)


'(Don’t Fear) The Reaper' -- Blue Oyster Cult

'More Than Words' -- INXS

'Free Fallin’' -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

'When The Children Cry' -- White Lion

'Wind Of Change' -- Scorpions

James Montgomery, Rock Editor:

"Okay, so the theme is 'Rock songs of the '70s and '80s?' cool ... here are my picks:

Allison Iraheta - Plasmatics' 'The Damned,' X-Ray Spex's 'Germ Free Adolescents,' the Slits' 'Typical Girls.' Actually, if she doesn't do Heart's 'Barracuda,' someone didn't get the memo.

Danny Gokey - Something from Stryper or the like, or something wheezy and chugging from the Seger/Thorogood songbook.

Kris Allen - This dude is doing a U2 song. Or something from Neu!

Adam Lambert - Anything from Queen's A Night at the Opera, Meatloaf's 'Paradise by the Dashboard Light,' Elton John's 'Tiny Dancer,' David Bowie's 'Sound and Vision,' Joy Division's 'Day of the Lords.'

Admittedly, I'm not exactly an 'American Idol' expert (even though I wrote a borderline creepy ode to Megan Corkrey earlier this season), so these picks are guaranteed to be wrong ... but, wouldn't it be awesome if they weren't?"