Will Madison VanDenburg attempt Janis Joplin‘s version of “Summertime”? Will Wade Cota try Joe Cocker‘s rendition of “With a Little Help From My Friends”? How about Laci Kaye Booth channeling Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane on “Somebody to Love”?
Here is hoping Alejandro Aranda — who would do well to check out the Richie Havens songbook — kept that tie-dyed jacket from last week handy’ That is because the Top 6 contestants will be diving into a vat of acid-laced and mud-covered nostalgia as they salute the 50th anniversary of Woodstock on the May 5 episode of “American Idol.”
And I dare Laine Hardy to perform “The Weight” again in honor of The Band — although I am guessing he might pick a Creedence Clearwater Revival number like “Born on the Bayou” or “Green River.” As for Jeremiah Lloyd Johnson, perhaps a little Crosby, Stills & Nash might suit his angelic voice.
Of course, there is another theme to the evening’s competition, just to complicate matters. Grammy-winning Christian pop star and two-time “Idol” hopeful Lauren Daigle will coach the remaining contestants as they perform inspirational “showstoppers.” If that weren’t enough entertainment, Season 16’s second runner-up Gabby Barrett will be back on the “Idol” stage to promote her latest song, “I Hope,” which is No. 1 on Radio Disney Country’s Top 50 Chart and in the Top 3 of SiriusXM’s “The Highway.”
Meanwhile, we will be biting our nails as judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie debate whether to use the save that they denied Alyssa Raghu and Walker Burroughs last week. Prepare for a lot of peace signs being flashed and stay away from the brown acid.
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