lady gaga getty closeup 'American Idol': Lady Gaga to mentor Top 4 on Leiber and Stoller weekLady Gaga is coming to “American Idol” for the Top 4 next week, not only as a performer for the results show, but also as a mentor for Leiber and Stoller week.

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.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."