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American Idol Roundtable and Liveblog – Top Seven Pre-Show Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Posted by Jerkwheat in American Idol, Bloggers Gone Wild, DeadOn Round Table, DougOLis, Holy crap, JB*, jerkwheat, matt_T, maybe you should read a book instead, the scottish.
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We are down to SEVEN. Hardly seems believable right? We’ve suffered so long and yet have so far to go.  But you, gentle reader, can rest assured that we will continue to watch on your behalf. Gluttons for punishment is what we are. And, to better serve you, the pre-show Roundtable hath returned at long last. As well as your link for tonight’s live blog which can be found below:

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Click on that at 8p (or a little earlier) and enjoy the craptasticality of it all. In the meantime, hit the jump for a little ill-informed opinon and speculation…


Idol goes to the movies!  OMGHANNATANA!!!! She’s so Miley!

Wednesday night will be painful, when Miley Cyrus performs from her new movie/song.  This strikes me as extremely weird, since Disney released the movie and Fox airs Idol, so we may have a spoiler alert as to the next major merger.

The theme of “Idol at the Movies” is so wide-ranging that I am using the AFI Top 100 Songs as a guideline (located athttp://www.afi.com/tvevents/100years/songs.aspx).  It is a couple years old, but so is everything this group has been performing.  Since I doubt anyone will do “Springtime for Hitler” (#80), here are my choices – 

Kris Allen
He seems like he would be perfectly tuned for doing “Mrs. Robinson” from The Graduate, though that may conflict with YouthPreacher.  I’d also give $10 to see him do “Fight the Power” from Do The Right Thing.

It would amuse me to no end to see him perform “Puttin’ on the Ritz”, though that won’t happen.  So how about “Old Time Rock and Roll” from Risky Business?

Danny Gokey
The Bruce Springsteen modern classic, “Streets of Philadelphia” would be a solid choice for him, but I have a feeling we’re due for “Footloose” – especially if Zac Effron is starring in the remake.  Seems appropriate for some reason.

Allison Iraheta
She doesn’t really mesh well with the song choices from this list, but could do well with something from Chicago or Cabaret.  Or, far more likely, “Born to Be Wild” from Easy Rider.

Adam Lambert
Using his cycle, we should be due for an “up-tempo” week for EmoVamp.  I’d like to see him do “Fame”, but could see “Jailhouse Rock” (though I don’t know if Idol has rights for Elvis)  

Lil Rounds
Go for the home run and knock Katherine McPhee from her floor-sitting, barefooted perch – “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, or the Dirty Dancing theme.

satrday Night Fever, “Stayin’ Alive”, in the Wyclef vein.  In a jaunty hat, no less.

So – those are my picks, with absolutely no real basis behind them, since this theme is so freakin’ vague.  It will end up being “any song, ever performed in a movie, even if on the radio.”

This Week’s Fearless Predictions:
For the bottom three, line up, Anooooop, Timberlite, and Allison!  TimberLite, don’t plan on finding out next week’s theme.


I really don’t understand the theme this week.  Idol at the movies.  Does that mean any song that’s been featured in a movie, ever?  Or does it have to be explicitly from a soundtrack?  And why is Tarrantino a judge?  I know he’s been on before, and he uses good music in his films, but come on. 


The theme is too vague for me to even attempt a guess at what any one of them will sing, but if Lil does “I Will Always Love You” or “My Heart Will Go On” she should be removed from the competition midsong.

Bottom 3 this week:  Anoop, Lil and Timberlite.  


@Matt: no idea at all. I guess they went with Tarantino because he’s a badass and a big fan of the show? Does he have a movie coming out soon?

The Producers have been stretching the limits of each week’s selections and this one is ridiculously wide open so I have no idea what’s going to happen. My quick thoughts:

Lil – Is this the week she finally gives in to the judges’ pigeonholing and does “I Will Always Love  You” (The Bodyguard)? Something from Dreamgirls seems kind of obvious too.

Allison – Maybe something from one of the trifecta of 80s dance movies: “What A Feeling” (Flashdance), “Time Of My Life” (Dirty Dancing), or “Foot Loose” (Foot Loose).

Danny – Probably a song from one of the Rat Pack guys. There’s so many great options that I really have no idea what to suggest.

Matt – His fascination with the Disney movies is Lopez brothersesque so I’ll go with something from one of those. Maybe “Circle of Life” from Lion King?

Adam – Will he do “Mad World” (Donnie Darko) again? He could go with the song that changed Natalie Portman’s life in Garden State (“New Slang”).  Actually, I think it’d be interesting to hear him do one of Sigur Ros’ songs that have been used at the end of movies:”Njósnavélin” (from Vanilla Sky http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFI6TOisK7E) or ” Starálfur” (from The Life Aquatichttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPMf8G8Pi5o). I doubt he’ll decide to learn Icelandic/Hopelandic in one week though so I’m going to go with a Judy Garland song (via Rufus Wainwright). He could do one of those Allison songs too. I really have no idea.

Anoop – For the 2nd time in 3 weeks I’m going with “Jai Ho.” And being kind of serious this time around. It’s either that or a Rat Packer.

Kris – Agree with JB. “Sound of Silence” or “Mrs. Robinson” from The Graduate seem extremely likely.

Bottom 3 – Anoop, Matt, and Lil with Anoop to go


Tarantino was a guest judge before, a few seasons back. He was pretty sharp. I have no idea what the restrictions will be (although I love Maura’s idea that it should be restricted to songs from Tarantino movies) so I guess it’s just gonna be songs made famous from movies. Which leads to the following things that need to happen:

“I Am Telling You” is absolutely going to happen. A former Idol contestant brought it back to the spotlight and by virtue of its re-emergence in pop culture being within the past five years, its “current” enough to please the judges. They will then chastise the singer for taking on a classic, blah blah contradictory bullpuckey.

“Time Of My Life” needs to happen, but it lends itself better to a group sing.

One of the acoustic guitar strumming dudes needs to break out “Falling Slowly”. The song won a freaking Oscar, people. RECENTLY. The gals will swoon I tells ya. SWOON.

Anoop needs to fulfill Doug’s wishes and bust out “Jai Ho”. I think even the Noop Dog himself realizes his time is running short, might as well have some fun with it, right?

“Mrs. Robinson” seems inevitable as well.

A Disney song may or may not happen, but I’m looking towards Alison to ballad it up if one is on the table. Scratch that – Adam is gonna sing “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and keep winking at middle America.

My fingers will remain crossed for good-times, cheesy 80s movie songs from Kenny Loggins. If any of you sing “Highway To The Danger Zone” or “I’m Alright” – I promise to vote for you 10 times. MINIMUM.

Bottom Three – Anoop, Lil, Timberlite (we are all in agreement!) and whichever of these three goes gets saved on Wednesday night.They gotta use the gimmick at some point.

DougOLis: (AGAIN!)

An all Tarantino music episode would be great. He has awesome taste in music and he’s used a pretty wide array of songs but I kind of doubt the producers would go with something so narrow.

Is “I Am Telling You” the song that Jennifer Hudson did in Dreamgirls? (Yes, Yes It Is)

Can’t believe I forgot about “Falling Slowly!” That one does seem kind of likely given its recent Oscar win. Who would do it though? Kris?

I could see Allison doing “Time of My Life” since ABBA is one of her favorite bands. Or Adam since, well, you know.

“Danger Zone” would be fantastic. Want. Will vote.

In Conclusion…

We pretty much all agree on the bottom three.  Or are we finally at a bottom two? Either way I’m convinced this is the week they finally use the save button. So, it won’t be. We’re never right. You knew that already, though. It’s why you love us.



1. DougOLis - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I was feeling very discussiony

2. Rockabye - Wednesday, April 15, 2009

You now reply in-line to other peoples’ posts? I shudder to think what the Quarter Pole’s going to look like.

BTW, ETA is Friday.

3. JB* - Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I am very disappointed no one performed “Danger Zone”, if only because it would bring up from my memory banks the old St. Louis football Cardinals commercials, featuring Neil Lomax and his “Top Gun” air attack.

Gawd the Gridbirds were awful.

4. JB* - Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Rockabye –

No, he added a reply to the email thread prior to the posting by Jerkwheezy – not editing the post.

5. Jerkwheat - Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Wow. I want to see that commercial.

6. Rockabye - Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Again, I’m thinking Quarter Pole on Friday. Probably no Sedgwick between now and then, but I will talk about Eminem.

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