It’s an interesting week to have Gaga as the mentor, since she very much the hot thing right now and Leiber and Stoller songs are largely from the 1950s and 1960s. But maybe having someone as off-the-wall as Gaga will help the Idols not be too old-fashioned with their oldies theme.
And – this past week the Idols did the “Now and Then” theme and overall, the oldies were better than the new songs, so Leiber and Stoller might be alright. Their hits include “There Goes My Baby,” “Hound Dog,” “Yakety Yak,” “Stand By Me” (with Ben E. King), “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “I’m a Woman” and “On Broadway.”
The last time “Idol” did Leiber and Stoller, we were treated to some good performances – Bo Bice on “Stand By Me” and Carrie Underwood on “Trouble” – and also some not-so-good ones – Anthony Fedorov on “Poison Ivy.”
One things for sure – if Haley Reinhart doesn’t do “I’m a Woman,” we give up.