After many weeks of waiting, it's finally time: Jon Bon Jovi will mentor the final six contestants on tonight's live broadcast of American Idol.
This potential glam night excites me much. Tomorrow, Bon Jovi are slated to perform "(You Want to) Make a Memory," the first single from their upcoming album Lost Highway, set to release on June 9.
Yes, the remaining contestants: Blake Lewis, Jordin Sparks, LaKisha Jones, Chris Richardson, Melinda Doolittle, and Phil Stacey will sing the songs that made Bon Jovi a worldwide phenomenon.
Jon Bon Jovi spoke with The Journal Gazette out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. “You got to get music out there however you can,” says Jon. “Radio is getting smaller and smaller; the record business is getting smaller and smaller. There are things that are fantastic, like the Internet, (but) it’s tough because it’s created something none of us knew 10 years ago, and you have to learn to roll with those punches. But it’s not the way it used to be; it’s not the record business that I grew up in.”
I can't help but wonder which one of these pop panderers will attempt "Dead or Alive" or even "Bad Medicine."
Here are my predictions: Phil Stacey will attempt "Bed of Roses" and Chris Richardson will try to pull off "Always." Blake Lewis will attempt a rocker, perhaps "Livin' on a Prayer." I won't make any predictions for the women because they are 1) better singers and 2) are more creative in their song choices. I'm also not 100% certain the song has be a Bon Jovi recording. It could be a track that a Bon Jovi member has guested or written. Idol always bends the rules on theme night.
I've said it before, I'll say it again: American Idol needs a power ballad night. Songs like "Ballad of Jayne" an "Home Sweet Home" were meant for mass consumption.
Check back tomorrow to see if any (or all!) of my predictions came true.
If you're in the minority and don't watch American Idol, tune into Fox at 8pm E.S.T.