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American Idol 2013 Top 8 Finalists: Our Song Choices For Motown Week

The Top Eight of American Idol 2013 have been tasked with taking on the theme of “Detroit: The Music of the Motor City” (aka Motown) for Wednesday’s performance show. With two country singers and a bunch who love ballads left in the competition, this week should be–ahem–interesting, to say the least. And, after we saw the abysmal knowledge of the Beatles by most of these folks last week, we wonder if they even know any of these songs. Uh oh. Regardless, we’ve gone ahead and chosen songs for them, so here goes:

Burnell Taylor: The judges have been getting on him to switch things up a bit, so we think he might do something crazy, like “Brick House”. Now that would be interesting!

Lazaro Arbos: Just thinking about this guy taking a Motown song after last week’s Beatles theme nearly gave him a nervous breakdown makes us cringe. He’ll definitely have to sing something in his wheelhouse, so he’ll likely go with something like “Tracks Of My Tears (appropriate song title after last week)”.

Devin Velez: After nearly going home for the last couple of weeks, we doubt this guy will stray too far from his wheelhouse either. He might really slow things down this week with The Commodores’ “Three Times A Lady”.

Kree Harrison: Kree recently told a reporter that she’d love to take on the Motown theme, so we think she’s going to do something crazy–even wild, perhaps. How about “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”? Can you dig it? We can.

Amber Holcomb: While we think she could do just about anything from the Motown playbook and make it soar, we have a sneaking suspicion she’ll sing Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out”.

Angie Miller: If you hear The Supremes’ version of “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” you might not picture Angie. But we revisited Lauren Alaina’s rendition during season 10, and it has Angie written all over it. We can see her slowing it down a bit to make it her own, too.

Candice Glover: Oh my, take your pick. This powerhouse singer will have a field day with this week’s theme. She might as well take a dart to a board and sing whatever it lands on. But we can see her paying tribute to the late, great Diana Ross with The Supremes’ “I Hear A Symphony”. We’ve got chills just imagining it.

Janelle Arthur: We could see Kree and Janelle fighting over this one, although we think Kree could probably sing just about anything Motown. Janelle will likely take on “You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me”. It’s a risky move, as Haley Reinhart performed this one to near perfection on season 10, but we can see Janelle doing a great job with it, too.

What would you song choices be for the Top 8 of American Idol season 12?

03.26.2013 / 10:00 PM EDT by Marnie Brodersen
Related: American Idol, Music, American Idol Season 12

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