American Idol’s Season 11 Top 10 was announced on Thursday night’s episode, which sent 16-year-old Shannon Magrane home after a difficult week where the contestants were challenged to sing a song from the year they were born. Will next week’s theme of Billy Joel songs be any easier?
Considering few of the finalists on this year’s show are rock-oriented, it may be an equally daunting task to reinterpret the music of the Piano Man and one of music history’s biggest hitmakers, especially for someone like Jessica Sanchez or Joshua Ledet. On the other hand, the likes of gritty-voiced belters Erika Van Pelt and Elise Testone may fair better than weeks past, and certainly Colton Dixon, to whom a piano bench is home, may have an advantage.
It won’t be Joel’s first appearance on the show, either. His music was featured during Top 7 week of Season 2, although he didn’t sit on the panel (instead, Smokey Robinson offered commentary). Idol fans may recall Clay Aiken’s rousing peformance of “Tell Her About It,” which helped catapult the wild card contestant to the final two.
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