Monday, March 13, 2006

rod and barry and idol, oh my!...

Song spoilers for tomorrow's Stevie Wonder night are as hard to find as Jimmy Hoffa, but, as a rule, once the dress rehearsal is completed tomorrow afternoon, normally somebody somewhere tells someone who tells someone who...

So I've been busy going through the Stevie Wonder songbook, trying to figure out who I would like to hear do what. It's been nice, actually, because while I think I've heard every single Stevie Wonder song, I haven't always been able to match the song with its title. Who says Idol isn't educational.

But there is news about future Idol weeks. Some may not like it, but it makes me positively giddy.

Next week, March 22,
Barry Manilow will be performing. Of course, Barry has released his "Songs of the 1950s" CD. Might his appearance tie in with a "songs of the 50s" theme week? (Hey...I love 50s music.)

And on April 19 Rod Stewart will be the guest. Yes, he is another Arista artist, and is in the midst of publicizing his "Songbook" CD series, featuring Rod singing the standards. Ooooo! Could this mean standards as a theme?



Blogger Frances said...

Jennifer, I'm excited about the theme nights. Maybe I'll hear more than 3 songs that I've heard before.

I have a question that's a little off the topic. Do you know what happened to Idol Go Home? I was having a lot of fun reading Brian Dunkleman's blog.

6:03 PM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

Hmmm. Dunkleman. The whole Idol Go Home website has gone away. I'm not sure why, but I've heard that they were "hacked". Actually a much more likely explanation is that they were threatened with a cease and desist from Idol attorneys who have been out in force this season, shutting down sites of all kinds on threats of copyright infringement.

Other than that I don't know. I enjoyed his blog too.

6:13 PM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger JR said...

Unfortunately the music selections will continue to repeat as long as they continue to repeat the theme nights. Rod Stewart and Barry Manlowe have both been done before. I would have thought that Bobby's "Copa" would have been enough Barry for one season. Rod Stewart still has the opportunity to be interesting. Chris could do "Maggie Mae" and Taylor could sing "Hot Legs".
There aren't that many music catalogs out there that suit AI. Michael Jackson is politically incorrect, Barbra Striesand doesn't translate well to the male contestants (not many female collections do) and the no one wants to relieve the boy-band era.
While we've had some fun over in Idol Chatter suggesting Englebert Humperdink, Tom Jones, The Cowsills, and Gospel music nights, at least one or two of the ideas may not be that far off base.

7:47 AM, March 14, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

I don't recall a Rod Stewart night, but I don't think his catalog translates well either. That and the fact that Manilow has been done is why everybody is speculating it won't be Manilow night. They will play off Manilow's 50s CD and Stewart's songbook of the standards and work both of them in that way. (After all it is Clive Davis' label and we all know the objective is to sell the CDs, not the artist.)

To me that's a lot more plausible than another butchering of Mandy...

While I am a fan and a proponent of "theme nights," I really prefer the more broad "decade theme" like last year, to one particular artist, even one as versatile as Stevie Wonder.

Anyone who was watching AI3 has to still have scars from Gloria Estefan night. ;o)

8:01 AM, March 14, 2006  
Blogger Vernae said...

Jennifer, you do such a wonderful job!

Big fan of Stevie, but I'm tired of it already, and some of the songs they sang the past few weeks were Stevie and big hits so now what? Ugh...

Rod Stewart, now that's what I'm talking about!!! I'm a big fan of James Blunt, who sounds like a young Rod.


8:52 AM, March 14, 2006  
Blogger Dave said...

I'd like to see an Air Supply night.

Part of the problem is securing the rights to some songs. It's my understanding that whoever controls the Beatles's catalog won't let American Idol use their songs.

I'm less into them showcasing a certain artist than a genre. I'm perfectly happy with country night, disco night, showtunes night, 80s night, grunge night, classic rock n' roll night, Mowtown night, current pop night, R&B night and a freestyle/anything goes night.

I'd also think they should have a "screw your buddy" night where each contestant picks the song for another contestant. Can you imagine how funny that would be?

Taylor says, "Lisa, your song is 'One Week' by Barenaked Ladies. Bwhahahahahahahaha!"

Then it's Melissa's turn, "Kevin, I'd like to hear your rendition of 'When Doves Cry'. So long, sucker!!!!"

10:16 AM, March 14, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

ROFL!! Screw your Buddy week would be brilliant! Not only does a contestant have to worry about screwing up a song handed to him/her by a competitor, but then he/she also has to worry about ticking off the voters by handing somebody else a sure fire stinker. So which do you choose? Be nice or be dastardly.

Brilliant! And hysterical at the same time. Oh, the possibilities.

We should write this show.

10:55 AM, March 14, 2006  
Anonymous Gina said...


I'd love to see a Big Band Theme night done on AI. I thought it went over quite well the first time they did it. What do you think?

P.S. To the person who suggested "Screw Your Buddy" night- that would be awesome!!!

12:53 PM, March 14, 2006  
Blogger JR said...

That's why they call him "High Lord". It is a stroke of genuis!
Taylor; "Kevin, I'd like to have you sing, She came in through the bathroom window"!
I do think the theme nights dealing with types of music or decades is much better suited to the contestants than trying to do music from one artist.

2:02 PM, March 14, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Screw your buddy" night...ROTFL...I love that! I can just picture some of the song choices for that one. Now THAT would be a week to remember.

Rod, my mom's gonna love that one. I actually "converted" her and my stepdad into American Idol-aholics. How awesome is that?

2:28 PM, March 14, 2006  
Anonymous Suzanne said...

Can you imagine Ryan Seacrest as he announces..."next week's theme will be "screw your buddy" night...stay tuned! That would put an interesting twist on things ROFL

5:43 PM, March 14, 2006  
Blogger Yvonne said...

Barry....That alone makes the whole season worthwhile...*deep sigh*

11:12 PM, March 15, 2006  

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