Thursday, April 27, 2006

five kids/ten songs...


Okay boys and girls, now we have a contest. And next week the kids are going to have to come up with two songs: one a current top 10 Billboard chart occupant, and the other a song from the year he/she was born.

So here they are, the final five, for our consideration:

Taylor Hicks, born in 1976, a very, very good year! (#1 song that year: Silly Love Songs.)
Elliott Yamin, born in 1978. (#1 song that year: Shadow Dancing.)
Chris Daughtry, born in 1979. (#1 song that year: My Sharona.)
Katharine McPhee, born in 1984. (#1 song that year: When Doves Cry.)
Paris Bennett, born in 1988. {#1 song that year: Need You Tonight.)

Happy reminiscing!

26 Comments:

Anonymous gavintiegirl said...

Looking at the years they were born, especially Paris...I suddenly feel so old. I graduated from high school in 1988. Ugh! I am so glad that Pickler is gone...now, lets boot Paris out and then we will really have a competition. :)

8:11 AM, April 27, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

Well, if it makes you feel better, my high school graduation was a little closer to Taylor's birth. YIKES! That's why, to me, that's a very good year. :o)

8:13 AM, April 27, 2006  
Blogger MP said...

Thank goodness!! I'm ready for the competition to begin!! This should be GREAT!!

9:42 AM, April 27, 2006  
Blogger lorguru said...

Glad you explained why you said 76 was such a good year. I looked over the songs and actually think it looked pretty darn awful! Couldn't even pinpoint one that would be good for Taylor. Do you have anything in mind. I started to check out Elliot's choices and right away I saw many he could deliver.
Can't wait to hear your pics!
It is the current songs that scare me most, though!!

9:45 AM, April 27, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

LOL All I want is ONE of them to sing Bad Day. I think that would be HYSTERICAL! And the only one of them, I think, with enough humor and enough confidence is Taylor. I would vote for two hours for him if he did this.

Then he could sing during Paris' farewell video.

10:26 AM, April 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we could take another moderately slow song, I could see Taylor doing Dream Weaver by Gary Wright or Dream On by Aero Smith. I guess dreaming was bit that year. I could actually hear him sing Still the One by Orleans, but I just don't think I could take hearing the song! I heard it enough during that year! Sorry, but Neil Sedaka should be on the NOT TO SING list. What about She's Gone by Hall and Oats? Of course Take it to the Limit from the Eagles, but again, a bit slow.

Just a thought or two on Taylor.

And Jennifer, a million trillion gazillion thanks.
~

10:36 AM, April 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See above "I guess dreaming was bit that year".

I MEANT ::: I guess dreaming was BIG that year:::

10:37 AM, April 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taylor singing Bad Day would be GREAT!!!! I love it! I am really stuck on what Chris could sing though. I think it is going to be interesting. Can't wait!

10:41 AM, April 27, 2006  
Anonymous Bonnie said...

I think Taylor could pull of Take it to the Limit, for sure.

12:49 PM, April 27, 2006  
Blogger Sunny said...

This is the week I've been waiting for!! Well, kinda. I really don't care about the billboard songs, but the year of birth songs, I'm estatic about! I came up with a list for both genres, but my list for the years is more thorough. Be prepared this is going to be long!! And here they are:

Billboard Hits:
TAYLOR - Bad Day (yes, Jennifer it's a great idea, not to mention the only song perfect for Taylor in this category)

ELLIOTT - You're Beautiful (This song has been at the top for weeks and weeks now, someone is bound to sing it. I think Elliott is the best choice)

CHRIS - Right Here by Staind (This is his chance to rock out again! Song is awesome and perfect to showcase his voice!)

KATHARINE - Like We Never Loved at All (Faith Hill's voice on this is perfect for Kat, not to mention the only song that would be ok since there really isn't much to choose from unless they go really obscure)

PARIS - SOS by Rihanna (I really don't care what Paris sings, I just figured this song was by a young artist and would bring Paris back to her youthful ways)

OK, NOW FOR THE FULL ENCHILADA!!!!
I only used Jennifer's lists because the list would go on for miles if I used EVERY song from each year. The *starred* ones are my top choices

TAYLOR(1976):
1. Tonight's the Night (Rod's old scratchy voice would work for him)
*2. 50 Ways to Leave your Lover (my all time favorite song and a song that Taylor can dance again to)*
3. Boys are Back in Town (Who doesn't love Thin Lizzy??)

ELLIOTT(1978):
1. Kiss You All Over by Exile (a country song that made the pop charts this year, these guys were great!)
*2. Two out of Three Ain't Bad (we've been talking about how we want to hear a Meatloaf song, this is the one for Elliott, and Randy hates Jim Steinman so for Ell to do this would be great)*

CHRIS(1979):
Very difficult because this year was mostly disco, so I tried to go beyond that for Chris.
1. Devil Went Down to Georgia (southern rock song perfect for chris, just hard to cut to 90secs)
2. Hold the Line by Toto (not as good as Africa but I love these guys and Chris could pull it off)
3. We've Got Tonight (I know Bob Seger is Taylor's type, but Chris could make this good)
*4. I Was Made for Loving You (Another one of my favorites, Chris would make me love him again if he sang this!)*

KATHARINE(1984):
Not as good of a list as 86,87,& 88, but I found a couple power songs for Kat.
*1. Against All Odds (I really really really hope she sings this, nuff said)*
2. Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Kat hasn't been upbeat in a while, so this would be cute for her)
3. Missing You (I saw John Waite open for Journey last summer and he did an acoustic version of this song. Tricky for Kat but a good choice)

PARIS(1988):
This would have been a better year for Kat because of the song choices and artists, but I found a couple fun songs for P.
*1. Pink Cadillac (upbeat, fun, and youthful)*
2. Giving you the Best That I Got (this might send her home, but thats ok by me)
3. Waiting for a Star to Fall (sung at the end of Three Men and a Little Lady, cute but difficult)

Ok, I'm spent. I think this is longer than Jennifer's blog, and I apologize. I'm just so excited for this coming week!

5:43 PM, April 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, '76 that would be the year I was born too...but for some reason I don't have nearly as much grey, as Tay ;)

~V~

5:49 PM, April 27, 2006  
Blogger purplvr said...

Oh, to be young ... Chris was 2 years old the year I graduated high school! Talk about feel OLD!

There are so many song choices that I dare not venture into what I think who should sing .. I'd get lost!

Jennifer, did you mean to say "current top 100" occupant instead of "10"?

6:46 PM, April 27, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

Oh boy, do I wish that was a typo. But, according to the official site, one of the songs must be off of one of the top ten lists.

7:04 PM, April 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love paula

12:36 AM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger Sunny said...

As much as I love Kat and Ell, I think Chris is going to have the best week next week. Hey! Maybe, he can be on VH1's best week ever. Rock on! (p.s. I heard Dream On like 3 times today, maybe that's a sign.)

1:23 AM, April 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot wait to hear 2 songs each from the contestants now that Kellie is gone! I can't remember, do they change wardrobe also for the two songs? I am looking forward to next week finally. Hopefully no one will choose "Bad Day" as their choice. LOL!
Hugs,
Lisa

6:43 AM, April 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunny, who sings the song you suggested for Chris "I was made for loving you"? I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Bad Day suggestion for Taylor! SOOO happy Pickler is gone! -Jenna

9:41 AM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger Sunny said...

Jenna, it's a Kiss song. One of their disco songs (because of the era), but still very rock-esque. Part of the song is also in Elephant Love Medley from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack. Listen to the song, you'll hear why I chose it for Chris.

11:11 AM, April 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah...I listened and now I remember it. It would be a good choice. I could also hear him doing "I want you to want me" by Cheap Trick. -Jenna

11:44 AM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger laura said...

i can't wait to see your picks - I have been working on mine for the year you were born theme the last two days, and will post them after work...but as a teaser, i will just say, Katharine singing Elton John.

I thought on the official website that there was a typo on the top 10 - i thought it was top 100, too. That is brutal. i haven't checked on the a/c charts yet, but the hot 100 is awful pickings. J-kwon, ti, will.i.am, chamillionaire - who are these people?????

12:00 PM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger djln said...

Taylor-
Fooled Around And Fell In Love

12:04 PM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger Sunny said...

Oooh, I Guess That's why they Call it the Blues for Katharine! I really hope they break into the country charts for billboard, because everything else is either Bad Day, You're Beautiful (2 of my picks but only because there were no other choices), or r&B and hippity hoppity cRAP that I don't even think Paris could pull off. And Ayla Brown already sang that Unwritten song and got chewed out. So one can only hope....

12:46 PM, April 28, 2006  
Anonymous Johanna said...

Just to show how obsessed I am... I went to the Billboard site and then downloaded the top 10 from the Adult Top 40. It had a few interesting picks...

For Chris: Nickelback - Savin Me
For Elliot (?): Rob Thomas - Ever The Same (also would work for Chris)
For Taylor: Bon Jovi - Who Says You Can't Go Home
For Kat: Kelly Clarkson - Walk Away
For Paris: Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten

I know Ayla did Unwritten, but Taylor brought back Crazy Little Thing Called Love after David did it unsuccessfully. Of course here you're dealing with the fact that Ayla sang it WELL and they told her the SONG sucked... but what can you do when you're limited to the top 10?

At least it would finally be a song that's young enough for Paris.

Also, I had never heard the song Black Horse and the Cherry Tree with KT Tunstall (currently #9 on Billboard). I listened to it and think that it's got to be good for someone. It's a female vocalist, so at first I was thinking Paris, but the voice is all raspy and low like Taylor, so he might could give it a shot. What do you think?

I do think it would be funny for someone to sing "bad day," but it would seem like tempting fate... bad karma?

1:22 PM, April 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my humble opinion - BAD DAY would be a BAD CHOICE. Haven't we heard it once too often? Talk about classic karaoke. I just would't go there, unless you were asking for trouble.

2:00 PM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

Of course it would be a bad choice, that's what would make it hysterical. Whoever would do it would have to know that and, while doing the song straight, also take it with the humor and irony that choosing the song in the first place would bring. That's why I think the only one who can pull it off would be Taylor.

(BTW, I also suggested this for Ace during 21st century night, BECAUSE of the bad karma. But, alas...)

2:06 PM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger John said...

It doesn't matter what they sing. They are all very good and will all do well, America knows them all, and it's "popularity contest time." Either Paris or Elliot will go home this week. I'm guessing Paris, but if it's not her it will be Elliot.

5:23 PM, April 28, 2006  

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