We’ve thoroughly enjoyed the broader themes offered to this year’s hopefuls on American Idol, and this could be the best week yet. Tomorrow night (March 12), the Top 11 will channel their inner film buffs as they take the stage to sing “Songs From the Cinema.” While we’re not exactly sure what they have to choose from, we know what we’d love to hear and we’ve shared our picks below.
Jena Irene: While we know she’s not a one-trick pony, we just love Jena at the keyboard. Much like last year’s third place contestant, Angie Miller, Jena seems to touch us more when she’s performing behind the keys. That said, our pick for her this week would be “Let It Go” from the Oscar-winning Disney movie Frozen. Okay, okay, so this song may be a bit overdone these days, but can you imagine if she slowed it down and made it her own at the keyboard? We definitely think she’d give Jennifer Lopez her “goosies.” Watch out, Adele Dazeem!
MK Nobilette: This needs to be a big week for MK, as Harry Connick, Jr. said last week that she doesn’t seem like she wants to be on the show. While MK insists she wants to be there, she admits she has always has trouble emoting onstage. If she could pull of Christina Perri’s emotional Twilight number “A Thousand Years,” she could convince the judges she can really do this thing. And Twihards will likely vote for this one... a lot.
Sam Woolf: We predicted last week that this cutie pie is going to take it all this season and, while we sort of loathe ourselves for saying this, we think he should appeal to the ladies as much as possible. The hoots and hollers he gets from the tweens in the audience is undeniable. That’s why we pick “She,” from the rom-com Notting Hill. You know you like it, too.
Alex Preston: This guy can sing the phone book, as Randy Jackson would say. He did have a bit of a misstep last week with his rendition of “I Don’t Want to Be,” so he needs to choose wisely on Wednesday. While we love the song “Falling Slowly” from the movie Once as a duet, we think he has the vocal chops to kill it on his own.
Dexter Roberts: While we think “Walk the Line” has Ben Briley’s name all over it, Ben already took on Johnny Cash when he sang “Folsom Prison Blues” on February 26. It might have a “been there, done that” feel for Ben, but for fellow country boy Dexter Roberts, it could showcase a fun and rather different side to him. He’d totally slay it.
Majesty Rose: We wanted Candice Glover to sing Adele’s “Skyfall” so badly last year but, alas, she never did. Majesty would do this song justice and then some. We take our emotions shaken, not stirred, thank you very much. It doesn’t take a double agent to realize this could easily be Majesty’s biggest moment of the season.
Jess Meuse: While Jess seems to have a strong online following, she’s yet to have a real breakout moment on the Idol stage. We think this could be her week, and our pick would be Miley Cyrus’s “The Climb” from Hannah Montana: The Movie. The two have a similar rasp to their voices and we think this pre-tongue, pre-twerking Miley song would fit her to a T.
Caleb Johnson: This guy is awesome and has certainly been a consistent favorite among the judges. However, that whole Rock of Ages thing could get really old really fast, and he needs to switch things up this week. If we had our way, Caleb we choose “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?” from Don Juan DeMarco. It might seem like a stretch but anyone who remembers Chris Daughtry’s rendition knows this could work and work well.
CJ Harris: CJ seems to have plateaued a bit in the competition, so he needs to come out and shock the pants off everyone this week. Bear with us on this one, but what do you think of Prince’s “Purple Rain” for this normally country-leaning artist? We think he could do it and, boy, would that be one to remember.
What do you think of our picks? What would you choose? Share your thoughts below!