'American Idol': They kind of met the Beatles

UPDATE: Annie’s recap is live

Love is all you need! J. Lo broke down! Chat about Wednesday night’s American Idol here after the show, then come back later for my most dramatic full episode recap…ever.

12 PM WEDNESDAY: I know, I know, the promos for tonight’s American Idol give it all away: the contestants sang Beatles songs in pairs or groups during the unprecedented Field Trip to Vegas portion of the competition. According to Nigel Lythgoe, after all that drama and walkup, they’re only airing Vegas footage for a single hour instead of the originally planned two. What?!

Too bad. As someone whose general awareness level tends to hover somewhere between reality (television) and Strawberry Fields, I am excited for Beatles night. So just for fun, I chose appropriate or in some cases “appropriate” tunes for 20 of our warblers. What? Why shouldn’t I sit in my nowhere land, making all these nowhere plans for nobody? “Because” is not a good enough answer. I’m in the middle of a dream! Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream. I will pass you (as I will be floating upstream, in my bed, and we will wave. Hello! Goodbye.) Really, it’s getting better all the time! I’ll stop.

Help! Which songs would you have picked for them?

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  • ST

    It’s hard for me to choose songs for them when I feel like we still don’t really “know” them yet.

    • HAHA

      finally. GOODBYE CHRIS MEDINA! your sob story was > your voice.

      • OB

        EXACTLY! He wasn’t that great, everybody who thinks he should have made it is disillusioned

      • juliette

        that was uncalled for i thought he was great and he didnt deserve to go home

    • BB


  • Al

    Not another Beatles week. Don’t they remember the last disaster.

  • BobS

    Every year the Beatles night is a major trainwreck. Most of the songs are not really very suitable for interpretation or even for a pop singer. Glad it will be over soon.

  • JLC

    Judging by the butchering they were giving Beatles songs in the commercials, I’d say Revolution 9. Hard to make that one sound more discordant.

  • Mr. Holloway

    Even though I’m actually mostly encouraged by this year’s contestants (especially when you compare them to last year’s turds), but three “Beatles nights” in the last four seasons is too much.

    Disappointed that they’re going back to that well since there’s such a big emphasis on freshening things up.

  • darclyte

    Deep voiced (and possibly one note) Scotty should sing “Blackbird” as I think that’s the only Beatles song that would work with his voice. As for the rest, yep, it’s too hard to say because we’ve barely met the people who are left. I was thinking of a Top 24, and of those that I know are left, I couldn’t even come up with 24 known names.

    • Heidi

      I don’t understand how they decided who would sing a solo, a duet or a trio – and with whom – and who chose their songs?
      WHy didn’t the ‘MENTOR’ do more than act condescending towards the contestants? HE should have picked the song after reviewing tapes and put people together so everyone had the chance to shine.

      Anyhow, I really felt that Hollie and Deondre should have made the top 24. I guess they are both young and can try again… I just thought they’d earned a spot.
      Chris, I understood and no matter what Jennifer thought, she sensitively handled the news and respected him as an artist by being honest about his talent falling short this time (without sobbing…she held that in until he was out of earshot). She did an excellent job.

  • Tess

    I’m not as in love with the Beatles as AI thinks everyone is. Boring.

    • Desi

      I agree, but sorry sister. We’re in the minority.

    • Eileen

      I’m with you two. I just don’t get the appeal.

      • Devin Faraci

        You’re all idiots. Go listen to Taylor Swift.

      • argo

        You don’t get it because you lack maturity. At least you have that to look forward to when you grow up.

    • sunsetsnow81

      I have an eclectic taste in music and I don’t really like the Beatles either. Now where is my TSwift cd

    • Tony

      Everyone who loves music loves the Beatles.

  • wipeout

    Time for a “Queen” night!

  • Sugar

    I don’t think anyone should take on Eleanor Rigby, since David Cook made it his own on his season’s Beatles Nite.

    • D

      100% agree, Sugar!

    • Anna

      I agree. But that is the same with pretty much every other song David sang. He is a fantastic artist

      • Scarlett

        Yes he is. So very fantastic. Album #2, where are you?

  • Tony

    The Bealtes are the holy grail of popular music. Even the greatest pop music performers in history such as Elton John and Michael Jackson have failed in trying to cover Beatles classics and make them better than the originals. What chance have these kids got? the reason the Bealtes are still the biggest selling amd most influential music act in history is because they were unequalled as artists.

    • Scarlett

      Sorry but Michael’s “Come Togethet” is better than the original. HOT!

      • Devin Faraci


      • Chichi

        So many people have done AMAZING covers of Come Together that have improved upon the original: Ike & Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross … to name a few.

      • Ana

        Personally, I like Aerosmith’s version better than the original.

      • Mel

        you poor thing.

      • Tony

        There is no way Michael Jacksons 80’s pop, synth drums and computer version of the Bealtes classic ‘Come Together’ is better. He destroyed that classic Beatles song.

  • superhonkey

    i LOVE beatles music!only stevie wonder and joe cocker have managed to record those songs and make it their own.(honerable mention:u2) the only person who could pull this off is (sorry but i still dont care enough to have attributed names to memory) the big upright bass playing ray-charles-wailing-guy-who-looks-like-seth rogan. i expect him to have picked something unusual. the rest, i think, will just pick songs that ANYone remembers and butcher good music.

    • Snsetblaze

      Aerosmith does a great Come Together.

  • Stephanie T.

    Three years ago, they did a plain “British Invasion” thing which covered the basics. That was when Sanjaya destroyed “You really got me” by The Kinks. Still, that theme did cover all of the basics. They do Beatles because of the vocal simiplicity. Most of the vocals are fluid. There are no unnecessary vocal acrobatics. The producers figure that this theme would give the judges a better understanding of the contestants vocal ability and if it can or can not be improved through the whole season.

    • D

      Stephanie, by “destroyed,” I assume you mean “killed beyond all recognition so much so that the original artist even rolled over in HIS grave!” LOL

      • Stephanie T.

        No. Ray Davies is still very much alive, as his brother Dave. But I am sure that when that happened, Ray was in a pub somewhere watched that hot mess, then threw one of his Hush Puppies at the screen screaming “WHAT THE BLODDY HELL??!!”

  • superhonkey

    additional honerable mention:aerosmith. luv ya steven tyler but please get back to your regular day job.

  • superhonkey


  • Stephanie T.

    Btw: Yes, I would like to here Norwegian Wood, Don’t Bring Me Down, and Octopus’es Garden for the fun of it.

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