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March 11, 2008
Idol Chatter: Psyched for the Top 12


OK, at last "American Idol" has its Top 12 singers (pictured).

But I'll get to them in just a minute.

That's because, in even bigger news, ousted contestant Danny Noriega apparently has secured a "cabaret" gig on Rosie O'Donnell's cruise ship. On Monday night's "Access Hollywood" (and also on Rosie's blog), she says Danny is welcome to sing on her R Family Cruise to Mexico.

"And I love your hair straight," Rosie blogs.

But, I digress. Let's get back to the Top 12 guys and gals, who will be performing tunes from the Lennon/McCartney songbook, which Sony graciously released to "Idol."

Ah, the songs to pick from.

I predict we'll hear some version of both "Yesterday" (maybe David Hernandez) and "Let It Be" (maybe Brooke White).

And here's hoping none of the Top 12 tackles "I Am the Walrus." I wouldn't mind a really soulful rendition of "In My Life" from "Rubber Soul." Maybe Michael Johns or David Cook.

For sure, you won't hear a couple of my personal Beatles favorites - "Something" and "Here Comes the Sun" - because they were penned by the late George Harrison.

Chikezie could put a whole Earth, Wind & Fire spin (because they also recorded it) to "Got To Get You Into My Life."

As for rocker gals, Amanda Overmyer and Carly Smithson, I predict they both might slow things down, whereas teen sensation David Archuleta was told last week by judge Simon Cowell to not "be so gloomy and depressing."

(But David certainly is in good standing over at iTunes, where his version of Lennon's "Imagine" is currently the most popular download. In distant second and third place, respectively, are David C.'s "Hello" and Jason Castro's "Hallelujah.")

Back to the songlist for tonight, how about a little "I Want To Hold Your Hand?" for David A.? Amanda definitely could pull off "Revolution," if it's one of the songs offered up. And Carly? I can see her going for something like "I've Just Seen a Face."

As for Jason, his security-blanket guitar is likely to return, perhaps with "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away." Kristy Lee Cook will likely stick to modifying something to her country-music standards. Maybe "Blackbird?"

Ramiele Malubay needs to step it up a notch and let those big pipes explode. I'd love to hear her tackle "Get Back."

Last, Syesha Mercado, who has been one of my favorites from the get-go, won't have Whitney Houston songs on the list (hallelujah). I'd like to see her take the tempo up a notch. "Can't Buy Me Love" comes to mind.

It's a two-hour gig tonight (at 8 p.m. on Channel 40), with the hourlong results show at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Stay tuned!

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