Motown Week Story-Lines


American Idol 8 heads to the mean streets of Motown tonight. As opposed to Grand Ole Opry week, in which significant portions of the American populace were unfamiliar with the songs being sung, Motown Week should be saturated with golden oldies, songs ingrained in our collective brains even if we all aren't Motown fans, per se, thanks to decades of cultural osmosis and, more specifically, "The Big Chill" soundtrack. As with any week featuring a bevy of sacred, timeless music, there will be a few great performances and a couple horrid ones (conjecture, maybe, but even though I think this Top 10 is quite talented, do you really think Scott MacIntyre and Michael Sarver will be able to pull off Motown?). This week's mentor is Smokey Robinson, a man who recorded a handful of classics back in the golden years of Motown. Even if he's not helpful, he's still pretty cool, even if he did appear in those stupid Dr. Pepper commercials a couple years back. What can we expect tonight? What should we be looking for?


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