American Idol Season 12: Top 5 songs I don't want to hear on Wednesday's premiere

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 15, 2013 

The 12th season of "American Idol" premieres 8 p.m. Wednesday on Fox. I'll be live-blogging during the show, our first look at how the new judges interact.

In the meantime, answer this question: Which songs do you LEAST want to hear from "Idol" hopefuls tonight?

I've stuck with "Idol" for 11 seasons -- and frankly, I'm still recovering from those Kara DioGuardi days. By this point, it should be obvious to contestants that there's no way to make a more palatable, less grating version of "Against All Odds" or "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."

Heck, there's even an online database called "What Not to Sing."

Still, we're treated to the same annoying songs year after year. And after this season, we won't even be able to drown our misery in Vote for the Worst.

Here are the top five songs I don't want to hear tonight:

Gotye, "Somebody That I Used to Know": This song was totally overplayed on the radio last year, so it's logical to assume it will be featured prominently on the newest round of "Idol" auditions. Aside from the pop culture fatigue surrounding this song, its possible popularity highlights a common "Idol" mistake. If you're one singer, don't perform a song designed for two people.

Mariah Carey, "Hero": I hope I'm wrong on this one, but I have a strong suspicion that Mariah Carey's seat on the judges' panel will encourage contestants to resurrect this epic piece of cheesiness.

Kelly Clarkson, "Stronger": It's generally a bad idea to perform a song made famous by an "Idol" winner, but this song's popularity could cloud judgment. Not only will we have to deal with a bunch of Kelly Clarkson wannabes -- we'll also have to endure the inevitable sob stories that lend themselves to this overdone empowerment anthem.

Anything by Adele: Go ahead, try to be the first female "Idol" winner since season six. But trust me, the judges are not looking for someone like you.

PSY, "Gangnam Style": Come on, you know it's gonna happen.

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