The spoilers are in, and it looks like the American Idol Top 3 have been given a surprisingly not-abhorrent selection of songs. Hell, I’d go as far as to say these are some pretty terrific choices. It’s hard to be sure who’s responsible for which choices, whether it was Jimmy that seems to have a hard-on for Emile Sandé, or if it’s Nicki Minaj with a soft-spot for Pink. But you guys are probably better detectives than me (I’m pretty sure if this were a hundred years ago, I wouldn’t have gotten within spitting distance of a spot with the Pinkerton Agency).
Check out the song spoilers below, via The Idol Pad:
“Maybe” by Emile Sandé
“Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” by Elton John
“Try” by Pink
“Next To Me” by Emile Sandé
“One” by U2 & Mary J. Blige
“Somewhere” by Reri Grist/Barbra Streisand
“Perfect” by Pink
“Better Dig Two” by The Band Perry
“Here Comes Goodbye” by Chris Sligh/Rascal Flatts
As much as I enjoy roughly 80-90% of these choices, I feel as though the fix is in for Kree. It’s not that she won’t do an outstanding job with these songs, but I’m not sure there’s potential in any of the three for her to have a huge moment that can propel her into the finale, like a “Heartless” a la Kris Allen or a “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” a la Katharine McPhee. I’d bet money on one of either “One” or “Somewhere” being one of the bests performances of the entire competition from Candice, while I wouldn’t be surprised if Angie got a standing O on “Try” (depending on the arrangement. Slowed down piano, and she’s good. Keeping the uptempo pop-rock arrangement, and it probably won’t be such a sure-thing).
Ultimately, while this is still an undoubtedly close race, I feel as though Kree is going to have to do something huge with one of these songs (either arrangement-wise or in terms of vocal) to secure a spot at the Nokia. But I’ll be rooting for her, all the same (because this is the last week before the finale, to hell with journalistic objectivity!).
What do you think of these song choices? Have the producers played it fair across the board? Or are there signs of favoritism/bussing here? And whose performances have the potential to be the best/worst? Sound off in the comments!