This week on American Idol the Top 10 will be performing R&B and soul songs for "R&B Week." Being that this is the first time this theme has been done on Idol, I'm pretty stoked about it. I believe that mixing it up this year and doing away with passe themes such as "Country Week," "Songs From The Year You Were Born" or "Disco Week" could do this season a huge favor. That said, I brainstormed nine possible theme weeks for Idol to consider for the final nine weeks of competition.
Teen Idol Week
I was so disappointed that Idol decided to change themes last week from "Teen Idols" to "Billboard Hits" so much that this theme is first on my list. Personally, I am really in love with the idea of contestant Lee Dewyze re-working New Kids On The Block's "Please Don't Go Girl" into a huge power ballad. That could easily be the moment that Lee could stake his claim this season.
This is the first of two repeating themes in my list that could help save this season. The last time "'60s Week" was done well was back in season two of Idol. I just think that there is so much fantastic music that came out of that decade, it could even make lackluster singing talent sparkle just a bit. My favorite performance from "60's Week" during season two was Clay Aiken's "Build Me Up Buttercup." That performance reminds me of how good Idol contestants can be when given great music to work with.
Coronation Song Week
I know what you're thinking, hear me out. For the Top Eight, each contestant would be given a past winner's coronation song, "A Moment Like This," "Flying Without Wings," "I Believe," "Inside Your Heaven," "Do I Make You Proud?," "This Is My Now," "The Time Of My Life," and Kara DioGuardi's masterpiece, "No Boundaries." The Idols would be mentored by the past Idol winner who sang the song from each of their respective seasons. What do you think? I call that good TV. And it would be huge to have every past Idol winner appear in a non-finale episode of Idol.