Friday, March 23, 2007

smells like idol spirit...

They're flashing back to the music of the 1990s next week with, presumably, Gwen Stefani as the guest mentor. Do you remember the music of the 90s? Do you even remember the 90s?

Here's some help.

Songs of the 1990s.
More songs of the 1990s.
And even more songs of the 1990s.

Yes. Paula Abdul had some hits. So did Cher. And Boy Bands were all the rage.

Personally, I want to watch Sanjaya perform Mambo #5. Or Livin' La Vida Loca. Yes. That is what I want.

What do you suggest they sing? Give your ideas in the comments.

Oh, and by the way, if you've loved some of the performances, you can purchase the full studio version of your favorites at the
American Idol site. Each audio download is 99 cents and is compatible with your iPod. (I just bought both Jordin and Melinda's from British Invasion night; the quality is terrific.) Videos are also available.

And, while you're there, pick up (or down load, as it were) Elliott Yamin's self-titled album, just released this week. His full version of A Song For You is to die for.

UPDATE: Seems the early spoiler for a 90s week is giving way to a credible "Pop Week." Gee. Could we be more broad? But I still maintain my pledge to vote a solid two hours for Sanjaya, should he choose to perform Hanson.


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21 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Sanjaya should do, "Praying for Time", by George Michael's. lol
Getting serious, if any of them do a Paula song, I'm sure Paula would be thrilled, but I have a feeling Simon would hate it.
It should be a interesting week.
Dori

10:50 AM, March 23, 2007  
Blogger Nelle said...

Just looked at that list of songs.
The only two that really impressed me were the Love Shack and Nothing Compares 2 U. The time between 1990 and 1994 I rarely listened to music. Family crisis and every moment was spent taking care of my sick son. I guess I didn't miss much music wise.

5:42 PM, March 23, 2007  
Blogger becca said...

I was born at the end of 1990. hmmm should be good!! as a 90's kid, I think they'll do okay as long as they pick the right song. Sanjaya, he should do something by Hanson. MMMMbop?
Chris Richardson, plenty of NSync and Backstreet Boys.
Blake could switch up a boy band song too. Chris Sligh and Gina should stick to a rocker type grunge song. Haley should definitely do a popular song that people can identify with. Phil should do Phil Collins. the three power girls could team up and do TLC.

5:44 PM, March 23, 2007  
Blogger jennifer said...

If Sanjaya does MMMMbop, I will vote the entire two hours for him.

I swear.

6:23 PM, March 23, 2007  
Blogger JR said...

After reviewing some of the 90's songs, I'm glad I'm a child of the 60's (a number that now matches my age!!!) From Elvis to Elton John and from Connie Francis to Linda Rhonstadt, it was a far better decade for music than the 90's.

6:46 PM, March 23, 2007  
Blogger Kristi Mantoni said...

I would love for someone to do Motley Crue but I don't think I will get my wish.

Jennifer - I'm with you on MMMMMMBop! I can't wait!

Also, what kinda of tips do you think Gwen will give the kids? Fashion tips and how to do the stomp-crouch dance while looking into the camera? I guess we'll have to wait and see!!

6:47 PM, March 23, 2007  
Blogger JR said...

Not to mention the Coasters, Beach Boys, Four Tops, Animals, Beatles, Stones, Supremes, Temptations...need I go on?

6:48 PM, March 23, 2007  
Blogger JR said...

Oh yeah, I forgot Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears, Wilson Pickett, Johnny Rivers, Moody Blues, Led Zepplin, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young!!! I'm through preachin' now.

6:51 PM, March 23, 2007  
Anonymous MA said...

I thought the theme was NOT the 90s, and that it was a very generic "Pop" theme. I probably would prefer a 90s theme though. Pop isn't really a theme, is it? lol.

7:45 PM, March 23, 2007  
Anonymous tim said...

I think Chris Sligh might do Kiss from a Rose like in his audition. It was pretty good then.

12:27 AM, March 24, 2007  
Blogger JR said...

Sanjaya could sing "Theme from Aladin".

9:58 AM, March 24, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with jr, the 60's music is the best!!! Dori

10:43 AM, March 24, 2007  
Blogger Dave said...

I'm all for 80s music. To me, the 90s were grunge, booty rap and vapid pop music. I thought most of it sucked.

I think they should either have "Screw Your Buddy" night or the Wheel of Death. Just my two cents.

12:07 PM, March 24, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The MMMMMbop would be great, but how about Sanjaya doing Ice Ice Baby or Blame it on the Rain. Songs he might do justice.
Julie

5:37 PM, March 24, 2007  
Blogger JR said...

Let Simon pick the songs for every contestant and call it "Screw 'em All Night."

5:50 PM, March 24, 2007  
Blogger Sunny said...

Ok, so I really haven't done as much research as I wanted to for this so my list is VERY subject to change. I just used the lists that Jennifer posted to find these songs so as I type I might think of more songs. I definitely think Tuesday night is going to be "diva night" because if the 90s included Celine, Whitney, Mariah, and Christina. So at least one of each of their songs will be sung. Ok this is going to be long, but its worth it. Here we go:

Haley - She's definitely going to sing something by one of the power voices, I'm thinking Power of Love by Celine, but with Haley it could be any one of those songs. I don't think this is going to be a good week for her only because of Melinda, LaKisha, and Jordin doing the same stuff. We'll see.

Chris R - I haven't the slightest clue what this kid is going to sing but it will probably be something from one of the boy bands. If not, I'm thinking maybe Jumper by Third Eye Blind. I don't know why, maybe its cos I just have that song in my head at the moment.

Blake - This was the first song that I thought of when I thought of Blake: Fly by Sugar Ray. He could definitely mix this up quite a bit, but then again he mentioned 311 being his favorite band so he could do something by them too. I think Blake will be the star Tuesday night with whatever he chooses.

LaKisha & Melinda - Again, I think these 2 will choose power ballads so I'm thinking Whitney Bodyguard songs-I Will Always Love You and I Have Nothing. Whoever sings whichever song is fine by me cos they will both do well. BUT, I still wish they would do something DIFFERENT. They both are starting to bore me, I don't care how good they are.

Phil - This one was a tough call so I was trying to think of Phil's high voice and put an artist that could fit him in this genre. He did an up tempo last week so I'm sure he will sing a ballad, so my guess for him is Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton.

Jordin - This chick is a doll! Every time she's interviewed I am reminded of Kat McPhee more and more. I think she could really pull off It's All Coming Back to Me by Celine. Power voice, and Kat did the song really well with Meatloaf at last year's finale. Jordin could take on any Jim Steinman and do awesome.

Sanjaya - Well I really like the Hanson idea, but I kinda took the Aladdin comment and went a little further. I'm thinking Can You Feel the Love Tonight from the Lion King. Maybe they can dress him in all yellow and he will look the part too. He has enough hair to be a lion, just not a king.

Gina - This is the era for Gina. She could do any grunge/alternative rock song, like Doll Parts from Hole or something from Garbage or No Doubt. But for some reason I think Gina might go the other way after the comments made last week. My pick for Gina is Torn by Natalie Imbruglia. I went to a concert a few years back and the band I saw did an awesome punk cover of it. She could really change it up.

Chris S - Well everyone knows Chris' sense of humor and how he gave Dave from VFTW a little shout out last week. Chris could do a really good job with a rock song, but I'm still thinking he will go crazy and do something really funny. I think Chris is going to do Britney's Baby One More Time. He can totally rock this song out!

Ok, those are my picks, I might make a few changes but for now I'm sticking with that.

6:11 PM, March 24, 2007  
Anonymous ChrisROCKS said...

I'm listening to Elliot Yamin sing "A Song for You," right now. WOW! This song alone is worth the price of the cd.

6:53 PM, March 25, 2007  
Blogger JR said...

Much of the good music from the 90's came from Country since pop seemed to go into the dumper that decade. Since there will probably be a country theme night, I don't think AI will let the contestants bend the rules and do 90's country hits from Garth Brooks, Hal Ketchum, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Tracy Byrd, Tracy Lawrence, etc.

11:52 PM, March 25, 2007  
Blogger angelof_mercy81 said...

Sanjaya singing "MMMMBop?" That would be TOO funny. I think I'd even vote for him (once--let's not get carried away)if he did that.

I was born in '81 but don't remember much about the early 90s songs. I do, however, remember the late 90s well, and I can picture Chris R pulling out some random boy band number.

Tomorrow should be a VERY interesting night.

1:06 PM, March 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it definitely isn't a 90s theme....

4:58 PM, March 26, 2007  
Blogger jennifer said...

The rumors keep changing from 90s to 21st century to pop. So I don't know what the theme will be. Hopefully the 1950s.

5:00 PM, March 26, 2007  

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