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Let’s think Elton John songs for the top 11

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My Simon Cowell interview set for 2:20 p.m. EST today was postponed. (He was in taping so my guess is I wasn’t the only one who waited for naught. But at least they are looking at a rescheduled time. He has to be  happy about the turnout yesterday in Los Angeles with 15,000-plus people, but we all know L.A. has not been fertile ground for “Idol” save for Katharine McPhee.)

That frees up some time for me to work on what would be good Elton John songs for the contestants to sing. Hopefully, they will stick to his best songs from the 1970s.

Here are the 11 contestants, ranked in MJ’s “Power List” order:
1. Scott McCreery – I’m impressed at his age that he’s so comfortable with who he is and what he sounds like. He could pull off several Elton songs with aplomb. Elton’s lower-range is highlighted on “Blue Eyes.” “Little Jeannie” could be re-worked to Scotty’s advantage.
2. Pia Toscano – She has been told to avoid ballads so “Levon” is out, though she could certainly do justice to that song. So something upbeat (or at least midtempo) is in order. I dare her to sing “The Bitch is Back” but no way she’d touch it. More to her liking might be “Philadelphia Freedom.”
3. James Durbin – He loves to rock out so “Saturday’s Night For Fighting” is an easy pick. And I’d more likely see him pick the cheeky “Bitch is Back.”
4. Lauren Alaina – I’d love to hear her country-fy “Someone Saved My Life Tonight.” She could also do “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” justice.
5. Jacob Lusk – His soulfulness could come out (hopefully in his more refined, restrained way) if he does “Levon.” I wouldn’t be shocked if he picks “Take Me to the Pilot,” which George Huff did season three.
6. Paul McDonald – He’s already sung Elton John so we know he won’t be doing “I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues.” Someone here suggested it but it would be right up Paul’s alley: “Your Song.” It does not involve much range, which is a plus, and the intonations fit Paul to a tee. If he wants to show his sensitive side, “Tiny Dancer” could work and heck, he looks like he’s stuck in 1974 anyway. Though I could see him choosing it, I’d say  avoid “Daniel,” which I always found rather dull.
7. Casey Abrams – He needs to do something where he can emote and not growl. How about “Rocket Man”? He should avoid “Bennie and the Jets” because I could see it playing to his worst tendencies.
8. Naima Adedapo – Naimi is all quirk and she could do totally mesmerize (or utterly ruin) “Bennie and the Jets.” Take your pick. Something upbeat for her can distract us from her vocal deficiencies perhaps?
9. Haley Reinhart – I could see her having fun with “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” though her basic awkwardness on stage can’t be solved no matter how good the song is. She could also rock  “I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That” though I think she prefers songs with more vocal range.
10. Stefano Langone – Can he restrain his cheesy, internalized lounge singing and sing to us? Try “Candle in the Wind” with its inherent emotional content. But he’d be more connected with a song like “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” which Clay Aiken killed (in a good way) eight years ago. Or would he butcher “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” with lots of circuitous runs? If he wants us to remember his back story, how about “I’m Still Standing.” But I bet they’ll keep that song for the group sing where they can re-enact the best moments of that absurdist video!
11. Thia Megia –Kiss of death song: “Circle of Life.” Avoid! I suspect she may go back to something ballad-ish like “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” or “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word.” Given her overall blandness recently, I’m not sure what would perk our ears at all. Certainly not “The One.”

- Final ratings last Thursday for “Idol” were bumped up from 20.7 to 21.3 million. So that’s just a slight drop from the comparable results show a year ago of 21.4 million. The 18-49 numbers, though, were down 11 percent, which means the show has aged yet again. Comparisons for the upcoming week shouldn’t be so tough. Last year’s top 10 performance show drew 21.9 milion and results show brought in 20.6 million. “Idol” won’ t have “Dancing With the Stars” to contend with so I’m confident “Idol”" should exceed 21.9 million on Wednesday and 20.6 million on Thursday.

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JTesla

March 28th, 2011
5:18 pm

Looking forward to the interview Rodney.

“Power List” LOL

Mercedes S.

March 28th, 2011
5:36 pm

Hey RoHo, everybody already did the “Let’s think Elton John songs” on previous thread,…since I don’t know much about Mr. John beyond “Candle in the Wind”, platform shoes, eye glasses and hairplugs, I will give no song suggestions. I’m very impressed with everybody else’s John knowledge, though and look forward to all these unknown songs.

Just hope that
1. The panel will be as strict with Pia if she “ballads” anyway as they were previously with Thia who TRIES to get out of her “box”.
2. Haley won’t be tarted up again by the evil costumer who dresses her
3. Casey doesn’t collapse
4. Stefano remembers to keep his eyes open
5. Paul wears boots so heavy he can’t lift his legs to “dance”
6. Jacob is again hypnotized to remain calm
7. Naima is allowed to do “her thing” dance- and costumewize
8, and Thia IS allowed to ballad

The rest of the crowd I don’t worry about

JTesla

March 28th, 2011
5:56 pm

Mercedes, I agree on all but #2. I’m hoping for the exact opposite on that one, because the girl is fine. Rock the leg vote Haley!

Deirdre

March 28th, 2011
6:06 pm

Thanks for the work, Rodney and I hope you get to talk to Simon!

JTesla

March 28th, 2011
6:52 pm

Hey Mercedes, did I miss the review of Sucker Punch?

MissLisa1970

March 28th, 2011
8:06 pm

Jacob is a downright compelling singer when let loose, hence i believe his best choice of Elton John song should be “Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word” referring to the Mary J Blige soulful version. I think he can pull it off very well..it would be the only song to remotely fit him w/o making him sound like a blithering idiot.

Formerly Bored

March 28th, 2011
9:28 pm

Jacob should do “Don’t let the Sun Come Down on Me”
Paul should do “Harmony”
Haley should wear exactly what she wore last week. Wow!

i used to love idol but its staged so i love it less now

March 28th, 2011
10:00 pm

Haley is damn sexy and those legs are to die for.

i used to love idol but its staged so i love it less now

March 28th, 2011
10:01 pm

who do they have pegged as the winner this year?

i used to love idol but its staged so i love it less now

March 28th, 2011
10:05 pm

How successful is Lee Dewyze or for that matter Kris Allen or David Cook is at this juncture?
what about Taylor Hicks…Jordin ?
Carrie Underwood is truly the only successful idol.
I submit to you that there were others much more deserving that should have won but since it is staged ( and if it isnt then show us proof of the voting) it is what it is.

Mercedes S.

March 28th, 2011
10:23 pm

Hey JT, if I know a movie is going to be bad for my mental health I prefer not to see it.

JTesla

March 28th, 2011
10:43 pm

LOL I read a CNN review of it, they used some words that were too big for me, but I get the impression that I should not pay money to see it. Granted, I was going to have to go watch it by myself, which put a damper on my enthusiasm.

Hey “i used to love idol but its staged so i love it less now” what about Kelly? Daughtry has had some success, Jennifer Hudson has an Oscar, and Grammy, Fantasia has one of those too, Pickler is still getting around, Diana in theater… but I guess Carrie is truly the only successful one.

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JordanDavies

March 29th, 2011
5:02 am

There will be a WOW moment if “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” will be interpreted by James Durbin. IMO

JordanDavies

March 29th, 2011
5:10 am

Elton John’s collection is huge. There’s a song for everyone to sing and and the possibility to nail it. Anyone who fails to deliver would probably end up in the Bottom. Somehow I feel that it would be a disastrous night for Pia Toscano. Certainly hope not…

Deirdre

March 29th, 2011
7:55 am

Morning!

Yes everything is staged except the voting results.

How do I know this? Two reasons. 1. Try reading a little tome(890) called Communications Law. It can be found in libraries or in college bookstore(overpriced). 2. If the voting was rigged then Chris Daughtry or Elliot would have won season 5. Adam Lambert would have won season 8. David Archuleta would have won season 7. That’s the way Idol wanted the voting to go but it didn’t.

Highlander

March 29th, 2011
8:02 am

Having a go at it:

Scotty – The One (He could easily Country it up a bit.)

Pia – Sad Songs (It’s actually a bit more up tempo than the title implies.)

James – Love Lies Bleeding (Without the “Funeral For A Friend” intro, he could probably get almost the entire song in!)

Lauren – Crocodile Rock (High energy. She can work the stage.)

Jacob – Blessed (With a slight gospel feel.)

Paul – Rocket Man (Suits his voice as well as any other.)

Casey – Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word (He can go a bit bluesy with it.)

Naima – Island Girl (Do you really need an explanation for this one?)

Haley – I’m Still Standing (Considering her name was etched on the “bottom three” stools up until last week.)

Stefano – Sacrifice (Gives him another sad ballad to smile through.)

Thia – Someone Saved My Life Tonight (Wishful thinking.)

Sam-A

March 29th, 2011
8:29 am

Someone please sing “Friends”!

Mercedes: Don’t remember a comment from you, but saw the Bradley Cooper movie this weekend – did not like it at all. Stupid, dizzying camera work, stupid story – a total loss, with the exception of BC – oh those crystal clear and gorgeous blue eyes!

I hate to say this, as I rarely can tolerate “comic book” crapola, but “Thor” actually looks pretty good. Have you seen it?

Harriett

March 29th, 2011
8:34 am

Harriett

March 29th, 2011
8:35 am

On the other hand, here is Rod Stewart’s version of Country Comfort. Paul, anyone? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQtrkGiAnD8

Deirdre

March 29th, 2011
8:47 am

Kind of a loooong link there, Harriett! ;-)

If Paul does Levon, I may have to shoot the tv.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

March 29th, 2011
9:06 am

Hey y’all,

JT, I’ll do you the favor…save your money and skip Sucker Punch. It was like watching a video game. Cool special effects, sure. But eventually it wears thin.

I’m not well versed enough in Elton John to suggest songs, so. I still kinda wish they’d done the 80s theme. Maybe later on? I know we’re halfway through the season, but I’m still conditioned to look for Idol on Tuesday. Old habits die hard, I suppose.

Harriett, that has to be the longest link ever on the blog. Congrats.

Rickster™ © ®

March 29th, 2011
9:35 am

RoHo: Someone here suggested it but it would be right up Paul’s alley: “Your Song.”

That would have been me… at 8:28 yesterday. :-)

Harriett

March 29th, 2011
9:40 am

KCF, I had no idea it would be that long. LOL! But, you got the point, I guess. ;)

Pitchy ™

March 29th, 2011
9:43 am

Good morning. I am going to have to record the show since I have a track meet to attend (BRRRRRRRRR).

Pitchy ™

March 29th, 2011
9:46 am

Hey Rickster – the AJC’s “Find 5″ Game has a Jester. Can you find all five differences in the two pics? I challenge you. I found 4.

Pitchy ™

March 29th, 2011
10:18 am

My challenge has gone unanswered…back to my corner I must go!

Sam-A

March 29th, 2011
10:18 am

K&CF: I’m sure you know, but just in case – Kelly will be on the Ellen show the first week in April. It’s actually filming Sun, Apr 3 in Orlando. Tix are gone, but they say you can stand on a bridge over the venue and see and hear everything, just in case you’re in the mood for a little drive!

Neg

March 29th, 2011
10:25 am

Neg’s Picks:

1. Scott McCreery – George Strait Jr. could easily countrify “Candle In The Wind”

2. Pia Toscano – Trap week. The judges are forcing her to go uptempo, and that could lead to a forced batch of cheese. Go mid-tempo sexy with “Bad Blood” and you’ll be praised.

3. James Durbin – Rock out “Pinball Wizard” for all it’s worth.

4. Lauren Alaina – She is the perfect Honkey Cat.

5. Jacob Lusk – Dial in “Don’t Let The sun Go down On Me” and you’ll live to sing another day.

6. Paul McDonald – This no-talent hack should cheese it up with “I’m Still Standing”, because how he’s still standing I have no idea.

7. Casey Abrams – Go deep and old school, brother Casey. A soulful performance of Border Song would remind everyone why you were once among the favorites to win.

8. Naima Adedapo – Back off the wild dancing this week and do a light, fun version of Island Girl.

9. Haley Reinhart – Gotta show some authenticity this week or you could be gone. Levon is your best opportunity to sieze a moment.

10. Stefano Langone – Look for Stefano to take on Your Song and sing it directly to J-Lo, because his only hope to make the cut another week is making her climax in her chair.

11. Thia Megia – This Disney Princess should grab a hold of “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and hope for the best.

Mercedes S.

March 29th, 2011
10:28 am

Oh no, Sam-A, I loved “Limitless”! Always wanted to expand my brain! Know the effects you mean, though, and I was bothered by them too. Just closed my eyes!

wreckedpizza

March 29th, 2011
10:50 am

Neg! What a list and I must say if Stefano could pull that off they should end the competition and crown him American Idol #10!!!! LOL!

Rickster™ © ®

March 29th, 2011
10:54 am

I found all five, Pitchy! :-)

Rickster™ © ®

March 29th, 2011
10:55 am

(The second time I played it and after l looked at the answers.)

Pitchy ™

March 29th, 2011
11:08 am

:lol: :lol: :lol: That’s not fair! But I do love honesty!

Rickster™ © ®

March 29th, 2011
11:21 am

Rickster™ © ®

March 29th, 2011
11:22 am

Of course… it’s hard to do it justice when it’s two dimensional, and the jester hat is 3-D.

Pitchy ™

March 29th, 2011
11:24 am

I play it everyday…the easy ones are hard for me and the hard ones are easy. Go figure!

Sticky

March 29th, 2011
11:25 am

Here’s to hoping no one sings Crocodile Rock or any of Elton’s Disney songs….my least favorites of his song catalog. Scotty, James and Lauren will be fine this week. I worried about Thia, Pia, and Jacob. Just like everyone else, I don’t want Thia to go Disney on us, don’t want Pia to go too cheesy on us, and don’t want Jacob to go theatrical on us. Praying that Paul does “Your Song.” Really interested to see how Haley, Naima, and Stefano do this week. Hope Casey picks “Don’t let the sun go down on me.”

Ben Lurkin

March 29th, 2011
12:07 pm

Great suggestions. 1 addition, I would like to see James do “Madman Across the Water”. I think he could slay it.

Ben Lurkin

March 29th, 2011
12:09 pm

And Pitchy. It took me two tries (without peeking at the answers) to get it.

Deirdre

March 29th, 2011
12:12 pm

Finally got an answer to the ‘Where’s Nana” question. She has had another health issue unrelated to her recent cancer surgery. She’s doing ok and will be back on the blog as soon as she’s feeling better.

Deirdre

March 29th, 2011
12:26 pm

Casey needs to get bad to jazzy/soulful. This running around the stage yelling and growling at everyone like an angry bear(the resemblance is uncanny) is not doing the job for him.

Haley needs to stand still…her awkwardness on stage is annoying.

On the other hand, Pia needs to move!

I’d love to hear James do a ballad.

Thia needs to find some energy.

Jacob needs to keep toning it down.

Naima should stay uptempo but lose the dancing.

Scotty just needs to keep doing what he’s doing. Not saying he’s perfect…just that it seems to work for him.

Paul…NO DANCING!

Stefano…cut back on the cheese.

Lauren…connect with your audience…not the judges!

Mo Schriebman

March 29th, 2011
12:50 pm

As long as no one does that Pina Colada song I will not turn off the television set I promise.

Trippin Daisies

March 29th, 2011
12:53 pm

Pia will put on another lounge dress and perform another ballad. Wake me when the snooze is over. Thank you.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

March 29th, 2011
1:13 pm

D, please send Nana our best and happy healing wishes and let her know we can’t wait to see her on the blog again. And yes, I took the liberty of speaking for y’all. I’m hoping y’all don’t mind. ;)

Sam-A, if only I didn’t have planned to celebrate my birthday in Nashville this weekend! I’d totally be up for hitting Orlando. Guess Kelly’s people failed to notify my people about this. Oh, well. I do find it nice that she’s going to be performing on Ellen when she’s got nothing to promote as far as I’m aware.

Ben Lurkin

March 29th, 2011
1:41 pm

K&CF I don’t know how to mention this, but my invitation to the birthday bash seems to have been lost in the mail…..

And D, I second K&CF’s wishes to Nana

Deirdre

March 29th, 2011
1:52 pm

I will let Nana know that all your good wishes are going her way.

ahem…I didn’t get my invitation either. Dang that post office!

Sam-A

March 29th, 2011
2:09 pm

K&CF: How old you gonna be, Baby Girl? I’m betting I’ve got underwear older than you. So you will be in Kelly’s current home town, and she’ll be in FLA – shame on her! Obviously her rat pack failed to remind her of your big event!

Nana-get better and back with us soon!

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

March 29th, 2011
2:13 pm

Well, darn! It’s what I get for not sending it as an e-vite! But now that you know, I’ll be sure to have a toast or two to the blog! And to keep it Idol related, I might be celebrating with Carrie’s husband…and 15,000 of his other friends.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

March 29th, 2011
2:15 pm

Sam-A, lol. I’ll be a ripe, ol’ 32. :shock:

Rickster™ © ®

March 29th, 2011
2:20 pm

Can you imagine the vocal gymnastics Jacob could do on “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me?”

The mind boggles! :-D

Sam-A

March 29th, 2011
2:29 pm

Rickster: Anything Jacob has done/can possibly do, not only “boggles my mind”, but shreds my last nerve and offends my sight and sound areas! Lord, take him (and Niami and Paul) off the show soon!

Yep, K&C: I believe I do have underwear that old!

Ben Lurkin

March 29th, 2011
2:36 pm

Sam-A I have record albums (Vinyl!) older than that

Sam-A

March 29th, 2011
2:45 pm

Ben L: Me too. Beatles original releases & singles, Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Everly Bros, even Doris Day – all vinyl of course.

Ah, the good olkd days

Pitchy ™

March 29th, 2011
2:57 pm

JTesla

March 29th, 2011
2:59 pm

Heck, I’ve got porn older than that.

Sam-A

March 29th, 2011
3:14 pm

JT – no doubt!

Harriett

March 29th, 2011
3:19 pm

One song nobody has mentioned here and the one I find most moving and timely is “The Last Song.” It can bring me to tears. Several of our contestants would do this justice. Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjeYkrSVe8E

Ben Lurkin

March 29th, 2011
3:21 pm

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

March 29th, 2011
3:23 pm

LOL, well, undies, vinyl, and porn. I’m keeping great company.

Ben Lurkin

March 29th, 2011
3:42 pm

K&CF-Well, it could be worse company. I’m not sure how, but it could be.

Mercedes S.

March 29th, 2011
4:15 pm

Thanks, Harriett… song would undo Casey, for sure.

Harriett

March 29th, 2011
4:33 pm

’bout time for me to run. Talk to y’all tomorrow. I still miss Tuesdays. And, you are right, Mercedes!
Can’t wait to see The Good Wife tonight. Stunning secret!

Sam-A

March 29th, 2011
4:39 pm

Harriett – Love “The Good Wife” but always fall asleep about 20 mins in! So am lost right now in the story. Love Chris Noth – very sexy for a middle-aged man with a big nose!

I too miss Tues/Wed – this just doesn’t seem right.

Rickster™ © ®

March 29th, 2011
4:41 pm

I loooooooooooathe PacMan.

He just ate my list of songs!

Rickster™ © ®

March 29th, 2011
4:43 pm

gggggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Rickster™ © ®

March 29th, 2011
4:44 pm

One good thing about the Weds. / Thurs. arrangement. When I wake up the morning after the results show… it’s FRIDAY! :-)

Harriett

March 29th, 2011
4:45 pm

Sam-A, it has come to light that Kalinda once slept with Peter and Alicia may be finding out tonight. Kalinda is the assistant investigator at the law firm, who has appeared to be on Alicia’s side from the beginning.

Rickster™ © ®

March 29th, 2011
4:55 pm

I’s time to head out folks.

Hope everyone has a good evening.

Rickster™ © ®

March 29th, 2011
4:55 pm

(And a good day to Sakura.)

Harriett

March 29th, 2011
4:56 pm

Mercedes S.

March 29th, 2011
6:13 pm

I’m setting the recorder for that new Dana Delaney show. As if we need another forensics show… but I like her. And isn’t that Katie Holmes as Jackie thing coming on somewhere?

Tuesday’s just aren’t the same

Mercedes S.

March 29th, 2011
6:14 pm

And Harriett, if you’re still here, isn’t that Kalinda/Peter thing OLD?

Piri

March 30th, 2011
6:40 am

Performers need to hear the stage mix; if this is not happening, vocals go astray. Like Scotty, Naima needs to identify with her roots and reggaefy every song she sings. Elton’s been the subject of many reggae renditions. Nevermind appealing to the mainstream. That’s not where her loyal support will come from during or after Idol. She could end up with a big following outside of the US if marketed properly.

Jazzin

March 30th, 2011
1:48 pm

Here we go….

Jacob, “Border Song” as performed by Eric Clapton and Timothy Wright
James, ” “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)”
Scotty, ” “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word”
Stephano, ” Something About The Way You Look Tonight”
Haley, ” “The B-tch Is Back”….She has the attitude to pull this one off
Naima, the best performer of the finalists should showcase her “better than average vocals” with either a bluesy version of, “Rocket Man” or an inspired reading of “Philadelphia Freedom”
Casey, “I’m Still Standing”
Paul, “Bennie and the Jets”
Pia, ignoring everyone’s advice, and sticking to her comfort zone, ” Candle in the Wind”
Thia, something from the Lion King…..
Lauren (the stealth performer), “Someone Saved my Life Tonight”

Jazzin

March 30th, 2011
1:56 pm

Piri, your comments evidence why the TPTB have expanded the tour to eleven. We have so many singers that have their own unique sensibilities and talents- making for one of the most diverse idol tours to date. Thank God Naima and Pia are so different; Paul and Casey are so engaging and talented; Scotty is so assured and country;Jacob and James can rock the house and the heart with gospel, fire and passion……