Here's the official word on next week's "Idol" theme (which already has my podcast cohort Malcolm X Abram dismayed) with a few thoughts about song selections at the end:
Superstar Jennifer Lopez will work with the Top 8 finalists next week on a Latin-themed AMERICAN IDOL Tuesday, April 10 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), and will perform her new single “Qué Hiciste” on the AMERICAN IDOL results show Wednesday, April 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. .
Lopez is a Platinum-selling vocalist, movie star, movie producer and entrepreneur. She began a new phase in her career with the March 27 release of her first all-Spanish album, “Como Ama Una Mujer” (How a Woman Loves), on Epic Records. An electrifying concept album of state-of-the-art Latin pop, it marks Lopez’s growth into a new musical maturity, with lyrics telling a dramatic story of love and separation, and the courage necessary to find hope and new beginnings. Lopez will perform her propulsive single “Qué Hiciste” (What Did You Do?) live on the results show.
This being "Idol," even something like a "Latin" theme is probably very, um, flexible. I'm waiting for the theme from "I Love Lucy" (and possibly "Babalu"), "Turn the Beat Around" (because Gloria Estefan recorded it), "Light My Fire" (Jose Feliciano),anything the Sharks sang in "West Side Story" and, of course, the Eagles' "Hotel California."