Which 'pop songs' should the Idols sing this week?

Gwen_lTomorrow night brings us week three of the American Idol finals, with Gwen Stefani (pictured) coaching the contestants as they perform pop songs. Based on Jessica Shaw’s exit interview with recently booted contestant Stephanie Edwards, the show’s producers are allowing for a pretty broad range of "pop" tunes; Stephanie was trying to choose among "True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper, "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Prince (as recorded by SinĂ©ad O’Connor), and "MacArthur Park" by Jimmy Webb (as recorded by Donna Summer).

Which has me wondering, if you were advising the contestants this week, which songs would you choose for them? Whitney Pastorek and I are dishing this topic on tomorrow morning’s Idolatry webcast, but I thought it was worth discussing on PopWatch as well. I’ll get the ball rolling, and you put your requests in the comments section below. LaKisha, are you listening?

Phil Stacey: Collective Soul’s "Shine"
Jordin Sparks: Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ "Maps"
Blake Lewis: George Michael’s "Freedom 90"
Melinda Doolittle: Tina Turner’s "River Deep, Mountain High"
Chris Richardson: Tom Petty’s "The Waiting"
LaKisha Jones: Britney Spears’ "Toxic"
Chris Sligh: the Bangles’ "If She Knew What She Wants"
Haley Scarnato: Bananarama’s "I Heard a Rumor"
Sanjaya Malakar: the Scorpions’ "Rock You Like a Hurricane"
Gina Glocksen: 4 Non Blondes’ "What’s Up"

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  • Royale with Cheese

    They should all sing songs by Fergie, K-Fed, Paris Hilton, and the Pussycat Dolls. It’s all the same crap anyway.

  • NineDaves

    Did he just compare Fergie to the Pussycat Dolls. Oh dear – I smell a fight!

  • Royale with Cheese

    What you smell is probably your upper lip. Either that, or your complete lack of manhood.
    All of the “artists” (using the word artist loosely there) that I listed above SUCK. They are all complete wastes of the airwaves, and American Idol does nothing but pump more sewage into that river.
    But, no, I’m not looking for a fight. Just calling it as I see it, bro.

  • Mozz

    So this is what I wish I could see on Tuesday.
    Phil Stacey: “Adam’s Song”- Blink 182
    Jordin Sparks: “Goodbye to you” – Michelle Branch.
    Blake Lewis: “Hung Up” by Madonna or he could do “American Life” with the rap.
    Melinda Doolittle: “My lovin’ you aint never gonna get it” EnVogue. really something from the EnVogue catalogue… “Free your Mind” anyone?
    Chris Richardson: “Take on Me” by A-HA.
    LaKisha Jones: I want her lying down on a chaise singing… “sweet dreams” by The Eurhythmics
    Chris Sligh: “99 Red Balloons” by Nena
    Haley Scarnato: “Blue” by Joni Mitchell. cause songs are like tatoos.
    Sanjaya Malakar: “Candy” by Mandy Moore.
    Gina Glocksen: “Sunny Came Home” by Shawn Colvin.

  • Renie

    Chris R: Burn (Usher)
    Chris S: I Drove All Night (Roy Orbison)
    Haley: I Will Love Again (Lara Fabian)
    Sanjaya: Brown Skin (India Arie)
    Gina: Fighter (Christina Aguilera)
    Phil: If You Go (Jon Secada)
    Jordin: I’m Not A Girl (Britney Spears)
    Blake: Cry Me A River (Justin Timberlake)
    Melinda: Vision Of Love (Mariah)
    Lakisha: Let Her Cry (Hootie & Blowfish)

  • toni

    oh my god, that’s the funniset thing ever. sanjaya doing “brown skin”

  • WhyAmIEvenPosting

    And yet, RwC, you read the AI blog, post on the AI message board…even if you follow the show just to hate on it, that’s fine with them. That’s a victory for AI.
    Just calling like I see it.
    Bro.

  • danny416

    Melinda Doolittle needs to dip into the Macy Gray songbook and sing either “I Try” or “Sex-O-Matic Venus Freak” (let’s try and see that one get by the censors).

  • Royale with Cheese

    Sure, I do. It’s fun watching the overly sensitive, effeminate men and bored, overweight secretaries get all riled up over something like bash their favorite show and contestant. They act like I did something REALLY bad like bunch their Mothers in the face or something. Comedy.
    Look, I wish American Idol would go away. It won’t. It’s a juggernaut. So, to me, this is the next best thing. So, yay, victory for American Idol…like they needed it!
    And, trust me, you don’t need to actually follow the show to make the junior high comments that I make…fatty. ;)

  • Royale with Cheese

    Oops, sorry for the terrible grammar in that last post. I revised and then forgot to proof read. My English professors would be so disappointed…oh, dread!

  • Royale with Cheese

    I think what everyone REALLY wants to see is Sanjaya singing Prince’s “Erotic City”.
    Or maybe LaKisha singing anything by David Allan Coe. Now THAT would be a hoot!

  • danny416

    And Chris Sligh should sing “Grace Kelly” by Mika.

  • Jael

    Slezak, are you going to list “Toxic” every year until someone sings it? (Though, I completely agreed about Daughtry singing it!)

  • Rick

    First, AI needs to do a blanket ban on the following artists: Celene Dion, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, George Michael. The citeria is just “singers who have been done to death on the show, and rarely very well.”
    Some of your choices I would agree with…
    Jordin Sparks: “Goodbye to you” – Michelle Branch.
    Chris Richardson: “Take on Me” by A-HA.
    LaKisha Jones: “Sweet Dreams” by The Eurhythmics.
    My pics:
    Phil Stacey: “Down on the Corner”- CCR. I liked his “Tobacco Road.”
    Blake Lewis: “Rock It” by Herbie Hancock… all beatboxing, all the time.
    Melinda Doolittle: “Starchild” by Teena Marie. Anything to break her from her comfort zone.
    Chris Sligh: “Oh Sherry” by Steve Perry. Randy would love or hate it.
    Haley Scarnato: “Say What You Want” by Texas.
    Sanjaya Malakar: “It’s No Fun (Bein an Illegal Ali-un)” by Genesis. Not at all PC now, & Phil Collins should probably be on my list, but c’mon, it would be comedy gold.
    Gina Glocksen: “Special” by Garbage.

  • to Rick

    What an idiot…..Attitudes like that are what it ruining this country. What makes you even think that he’s close to being an illegal alien. We know that his mother is a WHITE US born national. That should be enough for a redneck like you.

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