'American Idol' Recap: The Top 8 Perform Songs From The '80s

After last week's brief, shining moment of contemporary musical relevance, "American Idol" returned to its supply of outdated themes, saddling the Top 8 with songs from the '80s (a.k.a. the decade before half of these contestants were born). Still, the overused song selection didn't preclude the potential Idols from pulling out two particular powerhouse performances, both in their solos, and in the four duets that the producers used to pad the hour.

The show featured mentoring by Gwen Stefani (who hasn't released a new single since, what, 2008?) and her No Doubt (which hasn't released a new -- not previously unreleased/compilation -- album since 2001) bandmate Tony Kanal, who is apparently a man of few words. Who'd have thunk that Stevie Nicks would be one of the most current mentors "Idol" could dig up to coach their kids? In that regard, I think "The Voice" definitely has "Idol" on the ropes. Regardless, here's our rundown of the 12 numbers from 80s week -- the good, the bad and the pitchy. Read More...


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