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AMERICAN IDOL Preview: Check Out Top-8's Song Choices for Tonight's '80's Week'

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AMERICAN IDOL Preview: Check Out Top-8's Song Choices for Tonight's '80's Week'

When last we left our Season XIII American Idol finalists, an uncomfortable amount of confetti was raining down on 17-year-old Sam Woolf, who had survived America's vote by garnering the season's only judge's save. As the show went off the air host Ryan Seacrest informed us that Top-8 Week Part 2 would focus on the songs of the 1980s. Again, first-year Executive Producer Per Blankens has opted to give the contestants an extremely open-ended theme. Thus far, the strategy has proved beneficial for audiences and Idols alike, as both have been exposed to songs outside the normally limited Reality Show set-list.

However, this week, there is extra reason for excitement as Season 7 champ David Cook is on hand as guestAMERICAN IDOL Preview: Check Out Top-8's Song Choices for Tonight's '80's Week' mentor. Along with Adam Lambert, Cook is by far the most creative Idol-alum when it comes to reimagining classic songs. Don't believe me? His "Billy Jean" is still one of the coolest performances in show history. With full-time (?) mentor Randy Jackson elbowed out of the way for the week, here's to hoping that Cook and the contestants can serve up a memorable slate of 80's nostalgia; especially since it is likely that two will go home tomorrow because of last week's save.

As first reported by TVLine.com, here are the songs that each contestant (in alphabetical order) will perform tonight. I've thrown in my two cents on each choice, now let me know what you expect from each in the comments below, or on Twitter @BWWMatt. Also, remember to check back to BroadwayWorldTV tonight and tomorrow morning for all of your American Idol post-show needs.

C.J. Harris
"Free Fallin'" by Tom Petty
First Impression:
This seems to fit C.J.'s voice, but those deceptively high notes on "Freeeeee" scare me a little bit for him.

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Matt Tamanini Matt is BroadwayWorld's Chief TV and Film critic. He also writes across other BWW sites, and serves as BWW's Database Manager. He received a BA in Journalism/Communications from The Ohio State University and has worked in sports broadcasting, media relations, and journalism. He also has directed and/or produced over 30 plays and musicals, and is currently writing two plays of his own. You can connect with Matt through Twitter: @BWWMatt.



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