The theme for tonight’s Top 12 performance show on American Idol is the old chestnut, “Songs From the Year You Were Born,” first employed in season 4, back when Idol contestants were born in the 1970s. Now we have a contestant, Thia Megia, who was born the year I got my driver’s license. But more importantly, what should these 12 kids sing tonight? As luck would have it, there are plenty of Aerosmith songs potentially at their disposal, including “Dude (Looks Like a Lady),” “Janie’s Got a Gun,” “Love in an Elevator,” and “Cryin’” — but chances are only one contestant will grab that opportunity. (Unless Aerosmith week is in the cards for the near future, which we all know is almost certain to happen.) And there are also plenty of sonic landmines that could blow up their momentum before the show’s really kicked into gear. Check out my choices below, from youngest to oldest, and then weigh in yourself!
Casey Abrams (1991)
DO SING: “More Than Words,” Extreme (although exec producer Nigel Lythgoe spilled on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show that Casey cleared Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and that has the potential to be epic)
DO NOT SING: “I’m Too Sexy,” Right Said Fred
Stefano Langone (1989)
DO SING: “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” Simply Red
DO NOT SING: “You’ve Got It (The Right Stuff),” New Kids On the Block (although Idol recapper Annie Barrett thinks Stefano should sing NKOTB, and that is why she is not writing this list, because that is just crazy)
So those are my picks. What are yours?
‘American Idol’: Top 12 Power List