Thursday, May 6, 2010

Jamie Foxx to mentor next week's 'Idol'

Jamie Foxx will be returning to American Idol next week to serve as mentor as the Top 4 sing "Songs from the Cinema." Jamie was on hand last year to mentor the Top 5 during "Rat Pack Week" and did a respectable job. Why do I get the feeling Idol is auditioning Jamie for Simon's seat?

Idol has released the song list from which the remaining four contestants - Crystal Bowersox, Michael Lynche, Casey James, and Lee DeWyze - will make their selections.

Here's the list:

  • "(Everything I Do) I Do it for You - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (Bryan Adams)
  • "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" - Dirty Dancing (Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes)
  • "A Whole New World" - Aladdin ( Brad Kane and Lea Salonga)
  •  "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In - Hair (The Fifth Dimension)
  • "Arthur's Theme" - Arthur (Christopher Cross)
  • "Beauty and the Beast" - (Céline Dion and Peabo Bryson)
  • "Can I Have This Dance" -  High School Musical (Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron)
  • "Can You Feel the Love Tonight -  The Lion King (Elton John)
  •  "Can't Fight the Moonlight" - Coyote Ugly  (LeAnn Rimes)
  • "Danger Zone" - Top Gun (Kenny Loggins)
  • "Don't You (Forget About Me)" - The Breakfast Club (Simple Minds)
  • "Endless Love" (Lionel Richie and Diana Ross)
  • "Evergreen" - A Star is Born (Barbra Streisand)
  • "Eye of the Tiger" - Rocky IV (Survivor)
  • "Flashdance - What a Feeling" - Flashdance (Irene Cara)
  • "Footloose" - (Kenny Loggins)
  • :"Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman - Don Juan Demarco  (Bryan Adams)
  • "I'm Alright"- Caddyshack (Kenny Loggins)
  • "Into the West" - Lord of the Rings: The Return of the Kind (Howard Shore and Annie Lennox)
  •  "Iris" - City of Angels (Goo Goo Dolls)
  • "It Might Be You" - Tootsie (Stephen Bishop)
  • "Kiss from a Rose" - Batman Forever (Seal)
  • "Let the River Run" - Working Girl (Carly Simon)
  • "Moon River" - Breakfast at Tiffany's (Audrey Hepburn and Henry Mancini)
  • "Mrs. Robinson" - The Graduate (Simon and Garfunkel)
  • "My Heart Will Go On" - Titanic (Céline Dion)
  • "One Night Only" - Dreamgirls (Jennifer Hudson)
  • "Over the Rainbow" - Wizard of Oz (Judy Garland)
  • "Separate Lives" - White Nights (Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin)
  • "Summertime" - Porgy and Bess (Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong)
  • "Take My Breath Away" - Top Gun (Berlin)
  • "Up Where We Belong" - An Officer and a Gentleman (Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes)
  • "We Don't Need Another Hero" - Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (Tina Turner)
  • "You'll Be in My Heart" - Tarzan (Glenn Close and Phil Collins)
So, what songs should they pick? Let's stay away from the cliches, okay! That means no "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." That's been done to death on Idol and it's time to retire it.

I would love to hear Crystal sing "Summertime." I think she could have a "moment" with it. The only problem is that this was Fantasia's "moment" Season 3. But, it's been long enough, and I suspect a lot of people watching now won't even remember that.

I think Michael could do a good job with "Endless Love" or "Moon River." For Lee, "Mrs. Robinson!" No question, it's his kind of song. Casey should sing "Can't Fight the Moonlight." That's pretty much it!

Remember, last year, Idol introduced the duets during Top 4 week, teaming up Allison and Adam and Kris and Danny to sing together. Although Allison and Adam did great, Danny and Kris didn't quite gel and the whole thing was an awkward mess. I'm hoping they don't do that again! Think of it! The possibilities are mind-boggling!  This group is so diverse, pairing them up would be hilarious!

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