Betrdz
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Betrdz asked in Entertainment & MusicTelevision · 1 decade ago

On American Idol...........?

On American Idol, why do the contestants all sing songs from 20-50 years ago. What's the deal? Or is it the producers making them do it? I am so tired of hearing all the same songs every single season by all the same tired artists. Seriously, what is the deal? Can someone explain this to me?

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  • Beth
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    I think it's because they have to get permission for each song. But yeah, it is really getting old. And I really wish they would ban all Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Beyonce and Christina Aguilera songs from the show. Because every time someone does a song by one of those artists, even if they do a great job of it, the judges always say the song is "too big for them". I mean if the judges are always going to knock it, why even put the songs in the catalog???

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The contestants pick their songs but American Idol must get approval from the artists and/or record labels before the contestants are allowed to use their songs. Last year Kelly Clarkson, yes Idol 1 winner, didn't allow Idol to use her songs on the show so no one was allowed to sing them.

    Later in the competition the producers will select certain eras, artists, song writers, etc that the contestants must choose from, but not this early in the competition. Even then there is a big range of songs to choose from.

  • 1 decade ago

    Singers are limited by what songs they can get the rights to, some artists feel AI is a sham and contributes little to the industry, and refuse to have their songs sung on the show. Last year Kelly Clarkson attempted to kep her songs from being sung, and was denounced by virtually everyone for turning her back on her start. Other than that though, singers are allowed to choose their own songs, from a list. To each their own. Theme weeks are the same, given a list to choose from. Typically the singers go with things they're familiar with or singers who inspired them growing up.

  • j_mo83
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I think a lot of today's songs don't really give way to show off your voice. When everything's put together with the background singers and background music it sounds great... but as a solo song, most of today's songs wouldn't work.

    Songs from the past, if you will, are better at featuring a singer's voice. They have a better melody. I think it's great that they are able to recognize the singers of years past and make it their own. Melissa Doolittle sang an awesome version of My Funny Valentine. It sounded great and with the times, but at the same time was vocally challenging... she definatley pulled it off!

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    All of the above, plus they use a live band and the band can not learn 20 new songs a week to do an adequate performance.

  • Jyse
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Probably cause the songs cost less for the show to use... I don't like it either and it cracks me up that they will make them all sing like Barry Manilow songs. Then slam them for how horrible they sound. Cause you know everyone who is between 16-28 is rocking out with Manilow...

  • 1 decade ago

    I agree that most of them have been old songs this season but there was a Beyonce song last night.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I am sure that American Idol or Fox has to pay royalties to have these songs played. I am sure songs that are older cost less than newer ones.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    the producer give them songs to chose from I guess so they don't get sued

    they have to have the permission from the original artists I think

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