Advice to the American Idol Top 10

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 19th 2009 2:30PM
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If you tuned in last night -- and before the overnight ratings are even announced, I'm thinking that a lot of you did (taping Lost, like I did) -- you know now that we are down to the American Idol Top 10. These are the ten who will be touring the country doing American Idol concerts later this year and one of these contestants will be the next big AI winner. The next Kelly or Carrie or Clay (oh, wait, he didn't win).

So, who has the best chance and what does he or she have to do to get to the winner's circle? I've a prescription for each one of them -- free, unsolicited advice based on how the judges' view them and, more importantly, how the American public might be rating them.

Adam Lambert
There's no doubt that Adam is the most experienced contestant and he's likely to go all the way. However, he took a big risk with the Middle-Eastern version of "Ring of Fire" that Simon called rubbish. Adam has everything necessary to win the whole enchilada, but he must tone down the risky artist vibe. He should wait till after he wins to do anything outrageous again. My advice for him from here on out: be more traditional and safe. For Motown week, do Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine."

Kris Allen
This guy has been the biggest surprise because in the auditions, he just didn't pop out. Right now he's popping all over the place. Therefore, stick with what you're doing. Keep singing sweet songs -- no hard rock -- and play up the Paul McCartney/cute Beatle vibe.

Danny Gokey
Before this week, I had Danny slotted for the final two. Excellent singer, great performing chops, poignant story; the whole package. However, he's been coming off a little cocky and too sure of himself. He needs to get in touch with his humble side and show some vulnerability. With Motown week coming up, he should sing a song like "Tears of a Clown."

Megan Joy Corkrey
First of all, if you've dropped your last name, let the world know it. Megan got a pass this week because of being sick. America was not going to vote her off when it was revealed that she had been hospitalized with influenza B. However, the previous week's "Rockin' Robin" was just plain awful. Megan Joy needs to sing more grown up girl songs and show off her strong vocals.

Anoop Desai
No singer has had more ups and downs thus far in the competition. Anoop comes off as the underdog, and this country loves to see an underdog succeed. So, coming off a very good performance in Grand Old Opry week, he must capitalize on those good notices from the judges and continue making a case for why he's the next American Idol. Maybe something like "You Can't Hurry Love" -- it worked when Phil Collins covered it.

Lil Rounds
Here's a woman -- W-O-M-A-N -- with a legitimate big voice. Lil has the perfect chance to seize the competition with Motown week. Choose a big voice song, something like "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and really belt it. America digs powerful female vocalists!

Matt Giraud
The judges are completely in love with Matt. Randy keeps comparing him to Justin Timberlake and Simon called him another Michael Buble. How can he take all that positivity and turn it into a winning season? Embrace it. For Motown week, do The Temptation's "Just My Imagination" or something that shows off the inner crooner.

Scott MacIntyre
America really likes Scott. I think the country is rooting for him to succeed. He's a good guy, too, so that also works in his favor. The problem is that he's been doing songs that are very sound-alike. Since Simon compared him to Billy Joel and Elton John, he needs to steal a page from those stars and do a piano song that's rocking. He should stand at the piano and bang away, singing out a rhythmic song.

Allison Iraheta
Let the little girl sing. She's already impressed the judges with her amazing voice for a 16-year-old kid. I was stunned to see her in the bottom three last night. So, what's the problem? I think America knows she can do rock, they want to see her softer side. She should go ballad and sing something that shows how she can interpret a lyric.

Michael Sarver
The country show was Michael's best chance to really shine and he didn't. He was in the bottom two. That's not a good sign. Michael's a likable person with a great story -- blue collar worker, doing this show for his family -- but he has to distinguish himself with the music. If he doesn't find his "voice" soon, he'll be the next voted out.

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I do not get Matt Giraud. I literally don't hear him when he sings. I have no idea what all the excitement is about, why the judges are so high on him. Really, I CAN'T EVEN HEAR HIM.

Unfortunately, I can hear Adam Lambert loud and clear. Guy is creepy. If he wins, the complete disintegration of the known world will follow. And he's so smug. Ugh. The best reason I know to DVR and fast-forward through Idol. Why are those teen girls all swooning and screaming in the audience?; haven't they seen his gay porn photos? They kicked somebody off years back for having been a porn actor (was it Frenchy?) so why not this guy?

March 21 2009 at 12:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Advice to the guy in the picture: Pete Wentz called, he wants his early 2000's doucey haircut back.

March 20 2009 at 11:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Danny Gokey needs to get rid of that cockiness. Because it's been showing in his performances and those annoying pelvic moves and thrusts he's been doing in the group performances. The camera blocked his suggestive dance moves during his solo performances. He's been acting as if he's going to win it all WHEN THERE'S ONLY 9 MORE WEEKS LEFT IN THE COMPETITION!

March 20 2009 at 7:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

allison, why on earth should anyone take advice from you?

March 20 2009 at 12:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ooh, I love this game! Here are some of my thoughts:

Adam: "Tears of a Clown."

Kris: "My Cherie Amour" or "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted."

Danny: I could see him pulling off any number of songs, from "What's Going On" to "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" to "My Girl."

Megan: She will undoubtedly go with something vacuous, like "Baby Love" or "My Guy."

Anoop: Like Danny, I can see him going in a couple directions. I'd love to see him (try to) rock out to something like The Contours' "Do You Love Me," but he'll likely do something cliché, like "Reach Out (I'll Be There)."

Lil: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" would be perfect. "I Hear a Symphony" if she decides to go for something more subdued.

Matt Giraud: "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours."

Allison: "River Deep, Mountain High" would rock; I just don't know if it could be done justice in 90 seconds.

Scott and Michael: Whatever is left after the "hat picks." I think they'll both be in the bottom three anyway. With Megan, hopefully!

March 19 2009 at 3:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Jim's comment

-my money's on Danny-at least I hope he wins-too cocky? Come on!! If anyone deserves that, it's Adam-he's good, but not as good as HE thinks he is! He flaunts his arrogance with everything he says and does, and he doesn't have half the soul and humility Danny has!!!!

March 20 2009 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Motown is the perfect venue for almost all the contestants-except for country singer Michael-I think Danny could really shine here, with everything he's been through-he has so much soul and pathos-I hope he picks something that shows his power and range, along with his ability to touch your heart-maybe Bobbi Blue Band-remember him?

March 20 2009 at 11:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Also... girls should never dye their hair pink/red/purple... guaranteed to get voted off... Americans don't like that!

March 19 2009 at 3:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to CJ's comment

Ummmm.... Season 1 - Nikki McCibbin... went all the way to 3rd place with shocking pink hair. Hel-lo.

March 19 2009 at 11:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

hmmm... did a quick search for Megan Joy, and turns out that's a porn star...

March 19 2009 at 3:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i think that adam and danny have the best chance to win but think that lil will make it in the pop world and michael would do well in country...and don't forget there's always a black sheep in every group who could very easily be alexa

March 19 2009 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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