What song would you choose for an 'Idol' audition?

Bow_lIf Andy Roddick were auditioning for American Idol, he’d select a number by Bananarama or Menudo. Katie Couric? She’d bust out a little Linda Ronstadt — "Faithless Love," to be specific. And Neil Patrick Harris would sing "Rocket Man." At least that’s what all of ‘em told People magazine recently. That article sort of made me realize, deep down, probably 90 percent of us have mulled what song we’d perform if we got dragged out in front of Simon, Paula, and Randy.

Me, well, I’m not gonna pretend I’m so cool that I haven’t occasionally mistaken a karaoke stage for the Kodak Theatre, nor will I hold back on sharing my Idol audition track: "Let’s Dance" by David Bowie (pictured). Think about it. The range isn’t all that demanding, there are plenty of pauses where an untrained warbler like me can catch his breath, and most important, who’s gonna be able to resist that bit about "THE SERIOUS MOONLIGHT!"? It’s a guaranteed winner. Now tell me: Which song is going to get you your golden ticket?

Comments (86 total)
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  • Jeanna

    “If I Fall…” by the Dixie Chicks.

  • Paul U.

    “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” by Crystal Gayle…it’s just so showy and over the top, but also in my range!

  • Matt

    Nice semi-obscure Bowie track. You made my day Slezak! My choice would be “Take Me With You” by Prince.

  • brandonk

    David Bowie doesn’t look like he’s doing such a great job of lipsynching in that video.

  • Sean

    “I Can’t Get Next to You,” as arranged by Al Green.

  • Laura

    Better Off Alone by Katharine McPhee (written by Austin Carroll) – great song. Or Open Arms.
    I love how Nelly Furtado said she’d sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to be different. Um, hello? Katharine McPhee? Oh, and then Sarah Krueger this year? I have no problem with her not watching the show, but if you’re going to talk like you do, you might want to be informed first, lol.

  • Brandon H

    The “Sweetest Thing” by U2 since it allows for a lot of flexibility, singing wise. It is also not one of U2’s most commericial songs (I never understood why they rerecorded it) but is still popular enough.

  • Laura

    Better Off Alone by Katharine McPhee (written by Austin Carroll) – great song. Or Open Arms.
    I love how Nelly Furtado said she’d sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to be different. Um, hello? Katharine McPhee? Oh, and then Sarah Krueger this year? I have no problem with her not watching the show, but if you’re going to talk like you do, you might want to be informed first, lol.

  • daisyj

    I’d love to bust out with a little Foreigner (maybe some “I Don’t Want to Live Without You”?) but given my vocal range I think I might have to stick with something simpler. Like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”.

  • Laura

    Sorry for the double post!

  • Ceballos

    For me, Billy Joel’s “Only the Good Die Young”…
    I’m a little surprised by Andy Roddick’s choice. I would’ve guessed he’d go with “I Just Got My Ass Handed to Me By Roger Federer (Again!)”

  • Laura

    …or triple post. I don’t know how that happened. *ducks sheepishly*

  • Lucy

    “California Lady” from the cult movie “Track of the Moon Beast”

  • furry_tom

    I’d either do Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” or Spinal Tap’s Big Bottom.

  • wayne

    Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang(My Baby Shot Me Down)”

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