Okay, I’m bracing myself for the inevitable spoilers to hit the net about what songs American Idol’s top 13 finalists will be signing on tonight’s Michael Jackson-themed performance episode, and rushing to post with my own request list before they do. I immediately eliminated “Man in the Mirror,” “Rock With You,” and “Who’s Lovin’ You” from consideration, seeing how Kris Allen, Stephen Fowler, and Matt Giraud respectively tackled those numbers during the semifinals. (Which doesn’t mean some ill-informed contestants won’t go there anyway. Ugh.) And I eliminated “Ben” and “Billie Jean,” thanks to Nikki McKibbin slaughtering the former, and David Cook offering the definitive Idol rendition of the latter, in previous seasons. With that in mind, here are my picks. Do post your own, or at least mock my selections, in the comments section below.
Allison Iraheta: “Scream” (Am I the only one who loves this song?) (Yes.)
Adam Lambert: “State of Shock”
Jasmine Murray: “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”
Kris Allen: “The Way You Make Me Feel”
Matt Giraud: “I Want You Back”
Alexis Grace: “It’s Your Thing”
Lil Rounds: “Human Nature”
Scott MacIntyre: “Butterflies”
Anoop Desai: “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”
Megan Corkrey: “Off the Wall” (dance, girl, dance!)
Michael Sarver: “Another Part of Me”
Jorge Nuñez: “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ ” (could be a-mah-zing or could be disastrous, I know)
Danny Gokey: “Say Say Say”
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