'Idol': What should Taylor and Katharine sing?

142917__katharinemcphee_lYes, it’s true that this season’s American Idol finalists have taken delight in spurning the song requests that all of us have been posting here at PopWatch for the last several weeks. And indeed, some wise person once said that insanity is repeating the same activity over and over again and expecting a different result. But who ever said PopWatch was a place of mental stability? In that spirit, here are my final attempts to sway Taylor Hicks and, pictured, Katharine McPhee (who are both awaiting your letter grade of their work to date) to create my ultimate Idol season finale. Won’t you do the same?

Taylor: Okay, I get it — loud and clear — the gray-haired dude is not about to tackle ”Lady Marmalade” (his loss). But my good friend Doni from Kentucky emailed me last week with a suggestion that’s even more must-hear: Michael McDonald’s "I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near).” Trust me, Taylor, sing it, and things will never be the same again.

Katharine: All of you know I’m immune to the McPheever (symptoms of which include an occasional shrieking noise in the ears and severe ego-tosis), but I could possibly (maybe) (almost) catch it if Katharine took on Pat Benatar’s ”We Belong.” It’s delicate, but not so delicate that Kat won’t be able to go for the power notes (which she seems intent on doing); plus, it’s got a clear, gorgeous melody. Now, sing it. SING IT!

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  • ninjac

    dude, you totally forgot that Taylor sang ‘In the Ghetto’ on Elvis night – one of your picks and did a kick’n job too.

  • meme

    Good choice for Katharine. I agree. When she sings softly (as in “Somewhere over the Rainbow”, “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree”) she sounds good, but when she belts it out (I’m still partially deaf from “Who Wants to Live Forever) she sounds like crap. She could probably do well with “Foolish Games” by Jewel or Gordon Lighfoot’s “In the Early Mornin’ Rain” a la Eva Cassidy.

  • ashley

    OMG….if Taylor sang “I Keep Forgettin'”, I think I may pass clean out!!!!! He is at his best, IMO, when he channels the great McDonald. Seriously, it would be the end of me!!

  • kj

    I think Taylor would sound awesome singing a Blood Sweat and Tears song like ‘Spinning Wheel’. Katherine; maybe a bluesy song like Bonnie Rait’s “Love me like a Man’.
    Go Taylor!

  • jason

    If only Taylor WOULDNT sing… the joy I’d feel…
    Katherine should sing “Dont Know Why” by Norah Jones and she’d be fabulous… Since I have to catch the McFeever now that my faves Elliott and Chris are gone, I think that’ll be great for her.

  • Isabelle

    Taylor: Imagine by John Lennon
    Katharine: I’m a Woman by Peggy Lee

  • Gretchen Weiners

    I think Elliott should sing Ordinary People… oh wait…


    Kat should sing “Lady Marmalade” then she would definitely lose – she can channel Christina Aguilera yet again which she tries to do every week without success. At this point anything Taylor sings will be better. Love the Michael McDonald suggestion AND even Spinning Wheel ( that however could verge on karaoke for Simon…) GO TAYLOR!

  • stacey

    Taylor should so win.

  • jaime


  • Ceballos

    Not sure if Taylor has sung this or not, but my friend suggested Taylor sing “If you don’t know me by now” by Harold Melvin and the Blue notes.
    Katharine…hell, I don’t know…”Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler…I like that cheesy song, and since i don’t have McPheever, I might as well watch her sing something i enjoy (then again, I also enjoy “Against All Odds” and that turned out horribly)

  • Melanie

    Taylor should totally sing “Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane!!
    Kat should TRY and sing something by Sarah McLachlan… then we’ll see if she is any good.

  • fred

    isn’t this the week they have to sing some cheesy song picked for them? do they really have a choice of what to sing?

  • so sad

    I would rather hear Chris and Elliot sing a duet of “Teddy Bear’s Picnic” than hear those two sing anything, but I guess their fans have better things to do on Tuesday nights than sit around dialing the phone for two hours. (Don’t blame me, I’m in Canada and we can’t vote).
    If we must hear the gruesome twosome, Katharine is definitely the lesser of two evils when she does something soft. “We Belong” is a good pick, but she might do well with something by Norah Jones like “Come Away With Me” or “Turn Me On”. If she wants to do something more bluesy she could do “Bring it on Home to Me” which Taylor might be able to pull off as well.

  • ps

    Suggestion for Taylor – Bob Seeger’s “We’ve Got Tonight”

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