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Americanidol Just when I thought American Idol was free of our beloved '80s ...

Tonight's show features contestants singing a song from the year in which they were born. That means tunes from 1978 (Michael Johns) through 1991 (Lil' Davie Archuleta). So as Donnie Iris once sang, here we go again. (We ain't learned our lesson yet!)

Don't put it past someone to try another Journey song, just to kiss up to Randy Jackson. Thankfully, nobody was born in the same year as a Paula Abdul tune. That's probably the only reason Simon will even show up tonight.

Here are the years in play tonight, along with each contestant and the song I'd pick for them:

  • Michael Johns (1978): "How Deep Is Your Love?" -- Bee Gees
  • David Cook (1982): "Jack and Diane" -- John Mellencamp
  • Carly Smithson (1983): "Total Eclipse of the Heart" -- Bonnie Tyler
  • Brooke White (1983): "Come On Eileen" -- Dexy's Midnight Runners (That ought to finish her off!)
  • Kristy Lee Cook (1984): "Time After Time" --- Cyndi Lauper
  • Chikezie Eze (1985): "Part-Time Lover" -- Stevie Wonder
  • Syesha Mercado (1987): "Who's That Girl" -- Madonna
  • Ramiele Malubay (1987): "Head to Toe" -- Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
  • Jason Castro (1987): "Lean On Me" -- Club Nouveau
  • David Archuleta (1990): The '90s? You're on your own, little guy!

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:31pm]


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