This week was supposed to be 1980s week on American Idol. That’s what was announced last Friday for the remaining eleven finalists so it was what we were all eagerly expecting. Now, however, the songs performed will be exclusively from Elton John’s back catalog and span his lengthy career.
The change in theme is thought to be in honor of Elton John’s 64th birthday, which he celebrated last week (March 25), not this week, as many are reporting. The show’s official Twitter page got it right, posting late on Friday “UPDATE: it’s official, next week’s theme is Elton John songs! And we wish the Rocket Man a very happy 64th birthday today!”
It has not been confirmed whether Elton John will perform on the show but it would be rather exciting, wouldn’t it?
But what do you think to the theme change – or good idea or would you have preferred the 1980s theme? What Elton John songs would you like to hear each of the contestants sing? Do you think Paul McDonald (one of my favourites despite the Dad-dancing) has an advantage over the other finalists this week as he’s already performed Elton John?
In another change to American Idol protocol:
It was also announced today that both of the final two contestants will be managed by Simon Fuller. That has only happened once before, when runner-up, Adam Lambert, was taken under Fuller’s managerial wing. Well, it hasn’t done his career any harm has it? So how do you think the news will change the competition? Will it take the pressure off contestants? Will it just mean that the winner’s prize is devalued?