Season 16 of “American Idol” may be airing on ABC, but it is bringing back one of the staple segments from the show’s 15-year run on FOX: the Top 7 will sing songs from the years they were born on the May 6 episode. The seven finalists are: Gabby Barrett, Cade Foehner, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Maddie Poppe, Jurnee Siani, Catie Turner and Michael J. Woodard.
Scroll down to find out which tunes were at the top of the charts in the years that your favorite contestants were born. From earlier spoilers, we know that these lucky seven artists will also be performing a second song on Sunday from the vast catalog of the late singer/songwriter Prince.
This May 6 episode, like that of the Top 10 on April 29, will be seen live nationwide. The scheduling change ensures everyone across the country will get the same chance to vote for their favorite singers and see the results in real-time. At the end of this two-hour telecast, two artists will be eliminated. For those on the west coast who don’t want to watch live, the show will be repeated in its usual 8 p.m. time slot with a warning that voting is closed.
Which of these contestants do you think will win season 16? Vote for your personal pick at the bottom of this post. And be sure to sound off on this ABC revival of “American Idol” hosted by Ryan Seacrest in the comments section.
Cade Foehner was born on July 24, 1996. The Top 3 songs from the Billboard 100 that year were:
“Macarena” by Los del Rio;
“One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men; and
“Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion
Two artists – Maddie Poppe and Michael J. Woodard — were born in 1997. Michael was born on October 6 while Maddie came into the world on December 5. The Top 3 tunes from the Billboard 100 in 1997 were:
“Candle in the Wind” by Elton John;
“Foolish Games” by Jewel; and
“I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy
Caleb Lee Hutchinson was born on March 2, 1999. The Top 3 hits in the last year of the 20th century were:
“Believe” by Cher;
“No Scrubs” by TLC; and
“Angel of Mine” by Monica
Three of the seven finalists — Gabby Barrett, Jurnee Siani and Catie Turner — were born in 2000. Of this trio, Catie was born on Valentine’s Day and Gabby was born March 5. (We couldn’t uncover Jurnee’s birthday – if you know, tell us in the comments section). The Top 3 songs of the millennium year were:
“Breathe” by Faith Hill
“Smooth” by Santana featuring Rob Thomas
“Maria Maria” by Santana featuring The Product
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