'American Idol' Fans to Write Finale Song for Taio Cruz

by Hilary Rothing, posted Mar 30th 2011 5:00PM
'American Idol' fans, Taio Cruz needs your help! The British R&B crooner has been tapped to perform an original song at the May 25 finale and 'Idol' wants fans to pen the lyrics!

Beginning tonight, fans can listen to the opening of Taio's new tune on the official 'Idol' site and submit their own original lyrics. The contest will feature four submission phases yielding three finalists, from which fans will choose their favorite.

Of course, this isn't the first time fans have had a hand in writing a song for the finale. The season 6 coronation song, 'This Is My Now,' and season 7's 'Time of My Life,' both came out of a fan songwriting contest. But writing a tune for a particular artist is another season 10 innovation.
Already an established artist, Cruz is open to working with the words of an unknown songwriter.

"Songwriting can be an individual journey or a cooperative effort, and I've done it both ways," Cruz said. "But creating a new song, with the input of music fans ... now that takes the experience to a completely new place, and I'm ready to get it started."

And of course, Ryan Seacrest is also amped about the collaboration, which is sponsored by long time 'Idol' supporter Coca-Cola.

"'American Idol' auditions are proof that many of our fans have a passion and desire to sing professionally," Seacrest said. "What 'Idol' doesn't get to explore on-camera are the many talented songwriters that exist as well. Coca-Cola has created a very exciting and innovative program that, for the first time, gives fans the opportunity to work with a top artist to create a new song that will be performed live in front of millions of people."

Seacrest makes a good point, in that 'Idol' has been remiss in not shining a spotlight on songwriting, something former judge and pro songwriter Kara DioGuardi felt strongly about, leading her to launch her own Bravo songwriting competition, 'Platinum Hit.'

The contest marks another interesting move in 'Idol''s season 10 quest to reinvent itself. Use the comments to let us know your thoughts and if you'll be penning any verses for Taio Cruz!

'American Idol' airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8PM ET on FOX.

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Cody Schmuff

how do u put ur song on here? an what do we write about?

May 12 2012 at 12:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anthony Fields

Correction on submitted Adam and Eve/Coke Lyrics 5/10/12

2nd verse reads it looked so. it should read it looked so good.

Anthony Fields, 05-10-2012

May 10 2012 at 7:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anthony Fields

Adam and Eve
as you all know
Lived in the garden
without any clothes

Eve saw a Coke
It looked so
She took a sip and said
Adam, you should

Adam, said no,
and Eve said Please
he said I'll take a sip
just stay away from those trees

Adam took sip
and his eyes got wide
he reached out for Eve
and pulled her by his side

They danced around the garden
Liviing like they should
Cause "Coke is Great"
Thats better than good, Thats better than good, thats better good

by, Anthony Fields,05/10/2012

May 10 2012 at 7:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Penny Oates

i picture a rap song like
Papa's gettin thirsty don;t want lemonade (Gimmie A Coke)
Mama's goin under sweatin in the shade (Gimmie A Coke)
Me and little brother don't know what to do ( wha wha wha)
Sweatin don't get by me nothin left to hide
Jus gimmie Jus gimmie jus gimmie
Gimmie A Coke

Penny Oates

May 16 2011 at 6:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brianna

Does it have to be about coke? And how long?

May 11 2011 at 8:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rendleen Catalon Adi

where do you turn the song in?

April 15 2011 at 11:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rendleen Catalon Adi

are we supposed to write a song for coke or for the winner/finalist?

April 15 2011 at 11:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Rendleen Catalon Adi

Coke is the rink that will make you wanna think , coke is the link to the way your gonna wink . oh when you drink it , you eill feel it .... yea thats wat i got for coke ,and if its for the finalist ... yea then im done (ill just add a few) =D bymyself

April 15 2011 at 11:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lisa

Coke is my world coke is your wold coke is the absolute best yeah yeah

April 15 2011 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Corey M. Davis

Corey M. Davis

I would like to give the world a coke.
i would like to give the world a coke.
With the love and the joy, I hope that it brings.
I would like to give the world a coke.
I would like to give the world a coke.
We are living in a world, that we all share.
We are living in a world, were we should care.
I would like to give the world a coke.
I would like to give the world a coke.
With peace and love that it will, bring.
With peace and love we will sing.
With peace and love we will sing.
With peace and love we will sing.

April 08 2011 at 4:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jeanie

The Journey

Throughout our lives we all face trials
Walls to climb and seas to sail,
There are wars and endless battles,
There is heaven and there is hell.

We face the storms and unseen perils
With only one hope left to conceive,
Never look back with regret or sorrow
Move ever onward…..and JUST BELIEVE.

Just believe that life’s a journey.
And always mountains there to climb,
Just claim the strength that God has given
To make every day sublime.

As the lions loom in shadows
Wounded souls sometime will bleed,
Feel the warmth of tomorrow’s sunshine
Trust your heart to fill the need.

For every life is just a journey
We find success and then we fail,
We can make it our path to heaven
Or it can be our living hell.

Just believe that there is a power
And we hold it in our hand,
Just believe and face the sunshine
Our goal is met………we understand.
JUST BELIEVE………………………………..
Jeanie Reynolds

jreynolds79536@yahoo.com

April 02 2011 at 5:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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