The “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.”