We told you last week that “American Idol XIII” managed to come up in theory with what was a pretty sweet twist to change up the monotony of what they have done lately. The other contestants were choosing a list of songs to choose from, and the potential for excitement was high.
Sadly, the operating word here is “was.” Most of these song choices range from predictable to downright boring, even if there are a few that we’re excited to see on the show tonight. The following choices all come to us via TVLine.
Alex Preston, “The A Team” by Ed Sheeran – We love the song, and it hasn’t been overdone on singing shows. It’s just not anything out of what we’ve already seen from Alex unless he really connects to it emotionally.
Caleb Johnson, “Family Tree” by Kings of Leon – We’re not huge Kings of Leon fans, but we do appreciate the fact that he is performing something that is current to prove that he’s not just the future lead singer of a great 80’s cover band.
CJ Harris, “Gravity” by John Mayer – Yawn. There’s no chance for a moment here, and CJ’s going home Thursday. We’re calling it now.
Dexter Roberts, “Muckalee Creek Water” by Luke Bryan – We hadn’t heard this song before, so we went and listened to it. The lyrics contained just familiar words as “truck,” “tractor,” “moonshine,” “catfish,” “four-wheeler,” and “squirrel.” At least the stuff about gators at the start was interesting, but this is uber-generic country and a song that isn’t going to allow for many moments.
Jena Irene, “Creep” by Radiohead – We like this choice, since it will either be amazing, or a complete disaster. At least Jena continues to take risks, and apparently, even her fellow contestants want her to do so.
Jessica Meuse, “Gunpowder and Lead” by Miranda Lambert – Jessica can do songs with a country twang to them, but we don’t know about something that is this hardcore country. Not only are you having to compete with Miranda, but also Skylar Laine from a couple of seasons ago. This was right in Skylar’s wheelhouse.
Sam Woolf, “Sail Away” by David Gray – Everyone else must know that Sam is a David Gray fanatic or something. We’ve already heard “Babylon” (a song we admittedly really like) twice. This track isn’t nearly as good for the show as “Babylon,” and he’s falling into the bottom two or three again.
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