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A modified ‘Idol’ songwriting contest with Taio Cruz

wpid-taio-cruz-4c5689e7b5101The “Idol” songwriting contest is back – with modifications.  Yahoo reports that you, the average person, can help Taio Cruz (”Dynamite,” “Break Your Heart”) write this season’s coronation song. I erred earlier. It’s not the coronation song, just something Taio Cruz will sing at the finale. My bad!

Starting this Wednesday night (March 30) through May 13, aspiring “Idol” songsmiths can go to www.americanidol.com to hear the opening bit of an unfinished Taio tune, and then add lyrics to it to help complete each verse. There will be four submission phases, after which fans will vote among the top three finalists. Then the winning version of the song will be the one that Taio performs on the “Idol” finale!

As for the coronation song, we don’t know if they are going to bother with one. The history of coronation songs is rather checkered.

The problem: they’ve generally sucked, whether professionals do it (Kara DioGuardi, that means you and your “No Boundaries!”) or amateurs (poor Jordin Sparks had to suffer through the horrendous “This Is My Now”).  A couple have incidentally become genuine hits: Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like  This” and David Cook’s “Time of My Life”). Last year, “Idol” didn’t even bother with an original to give Lee DeWyze. Instead, he sang U2’s “Beautiful Day.”

- How about this for random? On the soundtrack of the upcoming film “Soul Surfer” (featuring Carrie Underwood), Chris Sligh (?!?) covers Katy Perry’s “Firework.”

56 comments Add your comment

Deirdre

March 30th, 2011
10:10 am

Pitchy ™

March 30th, 2011
10:11 am

Rickster™ © ®

March 30th, 2011
10:32 am

In the immortal words of the Scarecrow…. “Oh Joy! Rapture!”

Rickster™ © ®

March 30th, 2011
10:33 am

(Dang… what’s the “sarcasm” emoticon?) :-)

Rickster™ © ®

March 30th, 2011
10:38 am

But to be fair…. they picked out an already-existing song (don’t remember which one) for Crystal if she won.

wreckedpizza

March 30th, 2011
10:44 am

Yo, Mr. Ho—- I resent being referred to as an “average” person. All my fans know that I am “far above average” in every way. Really! :roll:

Pitchy ™

March 30th, 2011
10:44 am

Perhaps you can use this for sarcasm :twisted:

Which is colon twisted colon (no spaces)

Or rolling eyes = :roll:

Which is colon roll colon (no spaces)

Or :? (WTF face)

Which is colon questionmark (no spaces). :lol:

JTesla

March 30th, 2011
10:50 am

wreckedpizza

March 30th, 2011
10:52 am

Totally unrelated to “Idol”…came across this headline on usatoday.com:

Tesla sues BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ for electric-car bashing

Wonder how much JTesla is gonna get in this lawsuit? And does he love electric cars that much?

:?

Rickster™ © ®

March 30th, 2011
10:58 am

Rickster™ © ®

March 30th, 2011
11:00 am

I guess that’ll work. :roll:

Rickster™ © ®

March 30th, 2011
11:01 am

So let me see if I’ve got this right…

We help write the coronation song…. which whats-his-name then gets to sing instead of the Idol winner?

Rickster™ © ®

March 30th, 2011
11:02 am

Rickster™ © ®

March 30th, 2011
11:02 am

Well that certainly didn’t work out like I thought it would! :-)

Pitchy ™

March 30th, 2011
11:04 am

Too funny….

wreckedpizza

March 30th, 2011
11:06 am

I’m gonna submit for the coronation song a ditty entitled: “This Is My Turd Which Knows No Boundaries”. Betcha it will win! :D

JTesla

March 30th, 2011
11:13 am

Uh oh, I’ve been bashing electric cars too, do I have to pay myself?

Deirdre

March 30th, 2011
11:16 am

According to Rodney’s post Then the winning version of the song will be the one that Taio performs on the “Idol” finale! the winning song will NOT be the coronation song…since the guy in the picture above will be the one singing it……and I may be wrong but I don’t think he’s a contestant.

Rickster™ © ®

March 30th, 2011
11:16 am

What about “At a moment like this time in my life, this, my beautiful turd, knows no boundaries?”

Now that’s a song title! :-)

Mo Schreibman

March 30th, 2011
11:18 am

A twisted colon is no laughing matter to be sure. My grandmother lived with one for years. Unfortunately she lived with us.

Rickster™ © ®

March 30th, 2011
11:20 am

Your queeness… I hate to split hairs (especially since I have so few of them)

but Rodney wrote “Yahoo reports that you, the average person, can help Taio Cruz (”Dynamite,” “Break Your Heart”) write this season’s coronation song.”

He called it a coronation song.

wreckedpizza

March 30th, 2011
11:20 am

So, there’s really not going to be a coronation song; just some tune that some guy will sing on the last show. Yep, I’m confused now.

JT- pay yourself ONLY if the lawsuit is a winner.

Pitchy ™

March 30th, 2011
11:22 am

@Mo – are you being snarky? :wink:

JTesla

March 30th, 2011
11:24 am

Why would I want to see Taio perform anything during the finalle? And is he named after a type of tea? Just curious.

Mercedes S.

March 30th, 2011
11:25 am

Rickster, if you take too long to post, it wont.

Has vote for the worst picked their Victim, I mean, I Idol yet?

JTesla

March 30th, 2011
11:30 am

Mercedes: Paul. It makes sense since he has an established fan base. They can take credit for his fans voting for him.

Deirdre

March 30th, 2011
11:33 am

VFTW picked Paul.

So either it WILL be the coronation song but the winner isn’t going to sing it….or it won’t be the coronation song and we’ll be “entertained” with whatshisnametheteaguy singing it.

Rickster™ © ®

March 30th, 2011
11:34 am

JT’s the snarky one, Pitchy. Mo’s just being Mo.

Rickster™ © ®

March 30th, 2011
11:39 am

And in the case of Jordin Sparks, the coronation song actually helped determine the winner. Poor Blake Lewis knew he was done for.

Pitchy ™

March 30th, 2011
11:50 am

:lol: Thanks, Rickster. I got 5 in 14 seconds! Again I challenge you.

Rickster™ © ®

March 30th, 2011
11:56 am

Already did it. Only got three.

Rodney Ho

March 30th, 2011
12:48 pm

You’re right. I misread it. Not the coronation song. My bad!

Rodney Ho

March 30th, 2011
12:52 pm

And another useless measurement.

According to Yahoo! the top searched contestants this week are:

Thia Megia
Pia Toscano
James Durbin
Jacob Lusk
Casey Abrams
Scotty McCreery
Stefano Langone
Haley Reinhart
Paul McDonald
Naima Adedapo
Lauren Alaina

Pitchy ™

March 30th, 2011
12:54 pm

@Rickster – Great (lol). Difficult things have always been easy for me, but those easy things leave me scratching my head at times.

Rickster™ © ®

March 30th, 2011
1:03 pm

Wow! I tried it again and got all five in… like… 10 seconds! :-D

Pitchy ™

March 30th, 2011
1:19 pm

You’re a riot…

Rickster™ © ®

March 30th, 2011
1:23 pm

That’s why I’m the court jester! :-)

Pitchy ™

March 30th, 2011
1:43 pm

Did you appoint yourself the court jester or did The Queen bestow that title upon you?

Rickster™ © ®

March 30th, 2011
1:46 pm

I lobbied for it… but it was bestowed upon me. (I dig the hat.)

Pitchy ™

March 30th, 2011
1:49 pm

Excellent. Keep up the good work!

Mercedes S.

March 30th, 2011
1:50 pm

RoHo’s Top Searched contestants… are ALL eleven contestants… oh, in falling order? OK.

Will have to watch recorded Idols tonght… darn… love that coveritlive stuff. Y’all have fun.

Rickster™ © ®

March 30th, 2011
1:57 pm

Her queeness wanted me to wear the tights… but I was able to talk her out of that. (I do not look good in spandex.)

Mercedes S.

March 30th, 2011
2:18 pm

People mag spending more ink this season on Idols than ever before…JHud in a red carpet glam picture, looking gorgeous… Caset looking less so in a “is he or isn’t he having a heart attack” pic from “the save”…and there are a couple of pages on American idol By the Numbers:

Such as

23 = Fialists who have release Christmas music
37 = finalists who are currently signed to record labels
4 = finalists whoave come ouyt publicly after Idol
6 = episodes of SNL Idols have sung on
34 = combined Grammy noms
12,251,000 = total number of albumssold by carroe Underwood
250,000,000 = iTunes downloads of contestants’ music (and counting!)

Mercedes S.

March 30th, 2011
2:25 pm

see…. tried to post rest of numbers, but I was too slow so they didn’t take. This is soo annoying, What is the time limit we have, RoHo? I rushed with post above, hence all typos,.. sorry. Don’t have time to retype missed post. Grr.

Rickster™ © ®

March 30th, 2011
2:29 pm

From now on, I’m typing it up in Word, then copying & pasting into here.

JTesla

March 30th, 2011
2:34 pm

It’s what I do.

Of course, if I didn’t that line would read: “it bes whut I due”. Spelling correction and a backup copy to combat Pac-Man.

Deirdre

March 30th, 2011
2:45 pm

I don’t know, y’all…I’ve never had a time limit problem on here. I have discovered a word or grouping of 2 words in the middle of a long post that Pacman finds “offensive”

Deirdre

March 30th, 2011
2:48 pm

For example…I discovered that Pacman doesn’t like the word “best” directly before the word “it” That was a long time ago so things may have changed but you’d be amazed what Pacman finds to be unprintable.

Pitchy ™

March 30th, 2011
2:52 pm

Not many men do, Rickster. You’re not alone!

Sam-A

March 30th, 2011
3:46 pm

Any rumors on who’s singing what?

Harriett

March 30th, 2011
4:06 pm

Talk to y’all tonight. Home is calling my name right now!

Rickster™ © ®

March 30th, 2011
4:23 pm

I’ll be singing “Turn Out The Lights (The Party’s Over) – hopefully for either Stefano or Haley.

(And yes, I know that it’s not an Elton John song.) :-)

Sam-A

March 30th, 2011
4:29 pm

Mine will be more like “Hit The Road, Niami” or “Hello, Goodbye Jacob” or “Bye Bye Baby Paul”. I’d be totally thrilled if any one of these is tossed out the door.

JTesla

March 30th, 2011
4:42 pm

I’ll be singing ZZ Top’s “Legs” while I vote for Haley.

JTesla

March 30th, 2011
4:42 pm

Singing competition, what is that?

Rickster™ © ®

March 30th, 2011
5:03 pm

Have a good evening, everybody!