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‘Idol’ fans: Get ready for an 80s flashback

Tonight’s “American Idol” contestants will sing “songs from the year they were born.” That means it’s 80s flashback time. Seven of the eight remaining contestants were born in the 1980s. Only youngster Allison Iraheta is a 90s child, born in 1992. (Am I the only one who feels old?)

Here’s what we have to look forward to:


The oldest contestant, Danny Gokey, will sing a song from1980. Topping Billboard’s Hot 100 that year: Blondie’s “Call Me”, Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall”, Olivia Newton-John’s “Magic”, Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” and Captain & Tennille’s “Do That To Me One More Time.” I don’t see Gokey singing any of those songs. I think he’ll go with some kind of ballad from the likes of Air Supply or Bill Joel. Though, if he chooses to sing Pink Floyd, you just might hear me screaming from across town.

It will be interesting to see what Adam Lambert picks from 1982. He often surprises with his choices, and he could go harder into metal or punk or more funky with a modern rock choice. Here’s a look at the top 5 songs from The KROQ Top 106.7 Songs of 1982: The Clash’s “Rock the Casbah,” A Flock of Seagulls’s “I Ran (So Far Away),” Soft Cell’s “Sex Dwarf,” Missing Persons’s “Words,” and The Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me.” My vote: The Clash.


The five other contestants will be choosing from the mid-80s, where artists like Prince, Madonna, Whitney, and Michael ruled the charts.

Three contestants (Kris Allen, Matt Giraud and Scott MacIntyre) will sing songs from 1985. According to Billboard, to top 5 songs that year were: Wham!’s “Careless Whisper”, Madonna’s “Like A Virgin”, Wham!’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”, Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is” and Chaka Khan’s “I Feel For You.” All three contestants have been inconsistent in their ability to pick good songs this season. Though, Allen has received praise the past two weeks. This may be the week that makes or breaks these singers.


Lil Rounds will choose a song from 1984, where Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It was No. 2 on the Hot 100; and Anoop Desai will choose one from 1986, where Lionel Richie’s “Say You, Say Me (Title Song From “White Nights”)” hit No. 2. These two singers have struggled the most this season and I predict another bad night. Get ready for each to butcher another well-known, shouldn’t-try-it song tonight.

Since I grew up in the 80s listening to these song, I’m much more optimistic about tonight’s performances (that is unless someone starts singing Phil Collins, in which case you might just get another crabby report tomorrow).

Any predictions on what songs the contestants will (or should) choose?

Responses to "‘Idol’ fans: Get ready for an 80s flashback"

kevikev says:

ahhh the 80′s. Let’s see how bad they screw this up tonight.

Lil Rounds will surely pick some horrid DeBarge song.

Stephen says:

Funny that you hit it on Lil Rounds. Not funny that’s her real name.

Can’t wait to read your recap today. How ’bout that ANOOP!!(??) Where did he come from??

Kathy Mahan says:

@Stephen: I just posted my recap. I just thought Anoop was OK, but I may be jaded because I love the original of “True Colors.”