Tonight is the enigmatic “Top Downloads” night on American Idol. Which could mean Top Downloads of All Time Ever. Or songs from Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs Chart. Or – holy fantasyland, Batman! – maybe it means the top songs downloaded on my own personal iPod this week. (Literally, someone would have to sing a cover of Tyra Banks’ “Shake Ya Body,” which I discovered during a
drunken tragic, late-night Google search over the weekend.) But most likely, I’m guessing, the theme will draw from the top 100 songs on iTunes this week, and after perusing the list for a while – and begging this week’s Idolatry cohost Annie Barrett for help in understanding modern-music enigmas like Seether covering my fave Wham! song – here are my suggestions for the nine remaining contestants. Note: “If You Seek Amy,” “Stanky Legg,” and “Jai Ho!” were not considered acceptable Idol numbers, for obvs reasons.
Anoop Desai: Muse’s “Supermassive Black Hole” (but only if he buzzes his hair and sports a hipster t-shirt)
Scott MacIntyre: Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” (it’s a crowd-pleaser, with a lovely piano line)
Allison Iraheta: The Veronicas’ “Untouched” (Allison FTMFW!)
Lil Rounds: Adele’s “Chasing Pavements” (a perfect pairing, as suggested by Annie Barrett on this week’s Idolatry)
Megan Corkrey: Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat’s “Lucky” (with just an acoustic guitar and a drummer…and no band to overwhelm her!)
Kris Allen: Beyonce’s “Halo” (acoustically, of course…dreamy!) or “I’m Yours” (another Annie Special)
Matt Giraud: Katy Perry’s “Hot and Cold” (as a stripped-down piano ballad)
Adam Lambert: Seether’s “Careless Whisper” (but maybe the superior Wham version, no?)
Danny Gokey: Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb” (weird on paper…but it might actually work!)
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