'American Idol' Inspirational Songs: What should the Top 7 sing?
We will admit that the song list is rather weird -- some of the songs don't exactly strike us as "inspirational," plus you have to automatically discount certain songs. For example...
The Idols should probably steer clear of the other Idol songs. Like "A Moment Like This" is the No. 1 Kelly Clarkson "Idol" moment, so we're not sure they should try that one. Doing other Idol hits is just a little too meta. We'd call that a big no-no.
Then there are the over-played barf-worthy songs like "Greatest Love of All" and "That's What Friends Are For." We'd advise steering clear of those too, especially since "Greatest Love" should just be retired after Cordelia Chase did it for the "Buffy" talent show. Then there are a few duets on the list, which is just like ... what? Do they sing both parts? How does that work? Those are just going to sound weird. So it's a hard list to choose from.
Here are our picks for the Top 7 Idols:
Tim Urban: "You're the Inspiration" by Chicago
This is a slower, kinda cheesy ballad that would allow to Tim to give wide-eyed earnest looks to the camera. Our runner-up choices for Tim were "Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac and "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack.
Aaron Kelly: "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts
Aaron already has that Rascal Flatts sound going on, so this is a natural choice for him. The only other song we considered was "Go the Distance" from "Hercules," but that's just a little too on-the-nose Disney cheesefest come to life, so we'd like to see him on Rascal Flatts.
Casey James: "Live Like You Were Dying" by Tim McGraw
Casey knows he's in the country lane and this is a really nice "Cat's in the Cradle" father-son song. The female voters would eat it up. If not this one, then for a slightly faster, more rock sound we like "Drive" by Incubus or for a very slow, intimate acoustic moment we like "You've Got a Friend" by Carole King.
Michael Lynche: "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
This is tough because it's such a classic, but Michael's voice is so different from Armstrong's that we think he could pull it off. It certainly fits with his big cuddly teddy bear image. If he wanted to go a little more current, we'd suggest "Stronger" by Mary J. Blige and if he wanted to do Michael Jackson (like he told us he wanted to do), he could probably pull off "I'll Be There" by the Jackson 5.
Siobhan Magnus: "Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler
Siobhan's had two slow weeks and the judges are pestering her to let her big pipes sail, so we think she would rock this '80s song. However, we had a hard time picking for her because we'd also like to hear Siobhan on "I'll Stand by You" by The Pretenders or "Don't Dream It's Over" by Crowded House." Maybe Siobhan should just sing three songs!
Lee Dewyze: "Hero" by Chad Kroeger
Lee was hard because, like Siobhan, there were a bunch of songs we think he would do well. "Hero" probably suits his voice the best, but we'd also love "Heroes" by Robbie Williams, "Calling All Angels" by Train or "River of Dreams" by Billy Joel.
Crystal Bowersox: "The Boxer" by Simon and Garfunkel
This was the first choice we made. This song is quietly awesome and we can just hear Crystal's voice on it. We will actually be so disappointed if she doesn't sing "The Boxer," though we're sure whatever she does will sound great. Other choices we like for her are "Dream Weaver" by Gary Wright or "You're My Best Friend" by Queen.
In case you'd like to know the full field, the entire list is as such:
"The Prayer," Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion
"You'll Never Walk Alone," Barbra Streisand
"From a Distance," Bette Midler
"Wind Beneath My Wings," Bette Midler
"I've Had The Time Of My Life," Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
"Lovely Day," Bill Withers
"The River of Dreams," Billy Joel
"That's The Way God Planned It," Billy Preston
"It's My Life," Bon Jovi
"Livin' on a Prayer," Bon Jovi
"Holding Out for a Hero," Bonnie Tyler
"You've Got a Friend," Carole King
"Show Me What I'm Looking For," Carolina Liar
"So Small," Carrie Underwood
"My Heart Will Go On," Celine Dion
"Hero," Chad Kroeger featuring Josey Scott
"You're the Inspiration," Chicago
"I Turn To You," Christina Aguilera
"Reflection," Christina Aguilera
"Don't Dream It's Over," Crowded House
"Changes," David Bowie
"The Time of My Life," David Cook
"You Light Up My Life," Debby Boone
"I'm Coming Out," Diana Ross
"Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)," Diana Ross
"That's What Friends Are For," Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight
"Return to Innocence," Enigma
"World," Five for Fighting
"Don't Stop," Fleetwood Mac
"Flying Without Wings," Flying Without Wings
"The Impossible Dream," Frank Sinatra
"Dream Weaver," Gary Wright
"I Will Survive," Gloria Gaynor
"What the World Needs Now is Love," Jackie DeShannon
"Your Love Keeps Lifting Me (Higher and Higher)," Jackie Wilson
"I'll Be There," Jackson 5
"Living in America," James Brown
"I Am Changing," Jennifer Hudson
"I Can See Clearly Now," Jimmy Cliff
"Up Where We Belong," Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
"The Is My Now," Jordin Sparks
"You Raise Me Up," Josh Groban
"Over the Rainbow," Judy Garland
"Walking on Sunshine," Katrina and the Waves
"A Moment Like This," Kelly Clarkson
"Live Like We're Dying," Kris Allen
"I Hope You Dance," Lee Ann Womack
"Lifted," Lighthouse Family
"What a Wonderful World," Louis Armstrong
"When You Believe," Mariah Carey
"Anyway," Martina McBride
"Stronger," Mary J. Blige
"Go the Distance," Michael Bolton
"Only Hope," Mandy Moore
"We Are the Champions," Queen
"You're My Best Friend," Queen
"I Believe I Can Fly," R. Kelly
"My Wish," Rascal Flatts
"Angels," Robbie Williams
"Bridge Over Troubled Waters," Simon & Garfunkel
"The Boxer," Simon & Garfunkel
"Everyday People," Sly & the Family Stone
"Heaven Help Us All," Stevie Wonder
"Rainbow," Sugar Ray
"Amazing Grace," Susan Boyle
"Dare You To Move," Switchfoot
"Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In," The Fifth Dimension
"Better Days," The Goo Goo Dolls
"People Get Ready," The Impressions
'I'll Stand By You," The Pretenders
"If You Believe," The Wiz
"Live Like You Were Dying," Tim McGraw
"Calling All Angels," Train
"Greatest Love of All," Whitney Houston
What do you guys think of our choices?
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