This week, American Idol Season 8 contestants will perform songs from the year they were born. Almost all of the eight contestants still standing are in their mid-20’s, which means they are 80’s babies except for Allison Iraheta who was born in 1992.
The music of the 80’s is great and I would still prefer to listen to the songs then sans the metal songs of the rock bands than to listen to the thumping sounds of drums and the un-melodic hip hop of today.
During the early 80’s, we saw the formation of a new music genre called New Wave that evolved from the punk rock of the 70’s. Remember Blondie? The Police? Elvis Costello? Flock of Seagulls? Culture Club? Duran Duran? The 80’s is also characterized by these music genres: hair metal (glossy hard rock), soft rock, heartland rock, synth pop or shiny pop and towards the late 80’s, college rock (precursor of alternative rock).
We also saw the emergence of the music video age when MTV was launched in 1981. And in 1986, the first induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was held. Towards the middle of the decade, Michael Jackson, raving with the success of his Thriller, fell in love with plastic surgery that extended to color change. Although 80’s music is varied, they have certain harmonizing elements and sound characteristics. I don’t exactly know those elements but I could easily figure out a certain song to be “so eighties”.
So what would the AI8 contestants could sing this time?
1. Danny Gokey, born 1980 – might sing Longer by Dan Fogelberg, or totally rock with Crazy Little Thing Called Love by the Queen. BUT his birth year is the time when John Lennon died, so he might give a tribute by doing Starting Over.
2. Adam Lambert, born 1982 – I want him to sing Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger and scream once again to his heart’s content or do his own version of the Journey’s Open Arms. Well, he can do some magic on just any song so he might pick Let’s Get Physical by Olivia Newton-John. Hahaha!
3. Lil Rounds, born 1984 – Whooa! The best song choice for Lil is What’s Love Got To Do With It by Tina Turner. Nothing else. She should have a moment with this song.
4. Scott MacIntyre, born 1985 – This is hard and I could not think of a 1985 song that would fit his voice and style. Hmnnn, We Built This City by Starship? Haha. I think I Can’t Fight This Feeling by REO Speedwagon would do; he could bring out his grand piano again with this song.
5. Kris Allen, born 1985 – he can sing any of Bryan Adams’ songs – Heaven, Summer of ’69, or Wham!’s Careless Whisper.
6. Matt Giraud, born 1985 – Hmnnn, he can’t do another rock song or else he would be again in the bottom 3. He can do a Bryan Adams song also and may take on Heaven or Wham!’s Freedom.
7. Anoop Desai, born 1986 – I want to hear a R&B version of True Colors by Cyndi Lauper. That would be a big challenge for him. Or Toto’s I’ll Be Over You, which is much easier for an R&B version.
8. Allison Iraheta, born 1992 – Can she grunge? or do a gangsta rap? Seriously, I want to hear from her a soft rock version of I’ll Be There (revived by Mariah Carey).
So it would be the week of the 80’s! And Scott should go home this time.