Which 'greatest hits' should Idol's final two sing?

Idoltouts_lIf I ran Idol, no contestant would ever be allowed to sing the same song twice during the course of the competition. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know these kids always say how hard it is to learn two or three songs in a week, what with minimal prep time and a super-hectic schedule, but think about it: Wouldn’t it stink if Project Runway‘s designers made the same dress twice? Or the final two Top Model wannabes re-did a photo shoot from earlier in the season? (I can only imagine how fourth-place finisher Dionne might react.)

That said, I doubt Idol is going to change its finale formula, which means Jordin and Blake will each be performing a greatest hit come Tuesday night. Since the former contestant already rehashed "I (Who Have Nothing)" in the final three, I’d have her return to her sensational country-night number, "A Broken Wing," a big, booming ballad that allows the teenage sparkplug to get her angst on without getting shrill.

As for Blake, while on paper, it might make sense for him to recreate the season’s ultimate water-cooler moment, that love-it-or-hate-it remix of "You Give Love a Bad Name," I think it’d be a mistake. I mean, Blake’s biggest asset all season has been his ability to surprise the viewing audience — so why would he do the one thing everyone’s expecting and revisit Bon Jovi week? I’d rather hear him replay Keane’s "Somewhere Only We Know," and remind Idol fans that, yeah, he’s actually got a strong and lovely singing voice; then, he can apply his patented beatboxing technique on his "contestant’s choice" song. By employing that kind of audacious strategy, dude might just have a fighting chance against the effervescent Arizona teen. 

But that’s just my take. What "greatest hit" would you have Jordin and Blake revisit this week, and why?

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  • NineDaves

    Blake should sing 311 again!

  • Razor

    No repeats, no rehashes.
    Personally what I would like to see during the next season of Idol is a checklist of song categories that the contestants have to cover during the course of the season–let them do it at their own pace, and make some more difficult (a capella) and some easier (current pop).
    I think the idea of having the contestants sing all in the same theme with the celeb judges has gotten stale, and should be replaced with something different next season.

  • Bonnie

    I’m with you on Jordin singing Broken Wing. I’m a huge Blake fan and if he sang 311, Time of the Season or his you give love remix again I’d be happy.

  • Jakeem

    I’d love to see Blake and Jordin try the horrible original songs that Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee had to sing during last year’s “American Idol” finale.

  • Jenn

    Blake should do the Keane song or “Time of the Season” again. Jordin will probably do “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, because Randy told her it was one of the best vocals he’d ever heard on Idol. Even though it was pretty bad. I’d go with “A Broken Wing” if I were her. As for personal choice, Blake NEEDS to sing “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap. I’ve been waiting for him to pull that one out since the competition started.

  • Maggie

    Blake should sing “Semi-Charmed Kind of Life” by 3rd Eye Blind!

  • Amber

    I think they should sing all new songs, not rehash the old ones. It gets old!
    Great sound byte from Dionne.

  • Hurlywood

    I was a huge fan of Jordin singing “Give Me One Reason” by Tracy Chapman. The performance itself needed a slight upgrade, but I’d like to see her perform it now, after she’s grown on the show.

  • Reality

    Mr. Slezak, you’re thinking with your other head if you really think that Blake has “actually got a strong and lovely singing voice.” You did give me a good laugh though.

  • djm

    I like Jordin’a take on Tracy Chapman as well. I think Blake should do Keane – to me that was one of his best performances on the show.

  • Mystic Warrior

    I have loved every song Blake has sung, and I know I will love any song he sings in the future! GO BLAKE!!! You are the BeatBox of my HEART!!

  • K

    I really loved “when I leave you alone” that Blake did last week. But I think thats probably too fresh in people’s minds. Personally, I think that Blake would benefit from doing a more uptempo song since the finale song is going to be a ballad.

  • K

    I really loved “when I leave you alone” that Blake did last week. But I think thats probably too fresh in people’s minds. Personally, I think that Blake would benefit from doing a more uptempo song since the finale song is going to be a ballad.

  • Matt

    God, who cares? There’s no Melinda. This finale will be boring. And Blake’s “actually got a strong and lovely singing voice”?? Sle, have you HEARD Blake sing…?

  • IdolBlake456

    I would love to see Blake do “Time of the Season” again. I liked him before that performance, but loooved him after that. Jordin should probably do Broken Wing.

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