You say you want a Revolution? What if it's performed by a skeezy dude on American Idol? After securing rights to perform classics from the Lennon-McCartney songbook, our national televised obsession will have its top 12 singers honor the Beatles on Tuesday. Kristy Lee Cook covering Sir Paul? Sounds like a long and winding nightmare.
However, because we care far too much about American Idol, we've decided to offer a few Fab suggestions to help the final 12 choose the right Beatles song:
Back in the U.S.S.R. — Amanda Overmyer (You don't know how lucky you are, girl. Rock it hard.)
Across the Universe — David Archuleta (If Bambi sings this, Paula will be a puddle.)
With a Little Help From My Friends — Kristy Lee Cook (And a lot of help from her background singers.)
Got to Get You Into My Life — Chikezie (The Earth, Wind & Fire version!)
Help! — David Cook (Plug in the axe and blues it up, dude.)
And I Love Her — Jason Castro (As if he hasn't seduced enough coeds.)
Mother Nature's Son — Brooke White ('Cause hippie-dippie is just dying to perform barefoot.)
I'm Looking Through You — Michael Johns (Unleash the fury, pretty boy. "You're not the same!")
Get Back — Ramiele Malubay (The singing lawn gnome needs to get back her passion.)
Oh! Darling — Carly Smithson (If she nails this pop plea, she'll go from safe to sensational.)
Drive My Car — Syesha Mercado (The more "beep beeps" the better.)
Come Together — David Hernandez (Make it grindy enough, and even Simon will throw singles.)
Sean Daly can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8467. His Pop Life blog is at blogs.tampabay.com/popmusic.