top13group The final 13 perform on tonight’s American Idol (Fox, 8 pm et/pt) with Mary J. Blige serving as their mentor.  The guys will tackle the music of Stevie Wonder, with the girls doing their best to honor late singer Whitney Houston.

The obvious choice to tackle Houston’s signature hit “I Will Always Love You” is Jessica Sanchez, the 16-year-old firecracker blessed with one of the competition’s most powerful voices (along with 19-year-old Joshua Ledet).  My favorite Wonder tune, the heartbreaking “All In Love Is Fair,” has been performed on Idol before, and I’m hoping either Ledet or Colton Dixon had the guts to pick the song.

As much as I dig the Heejun Han’s dry humor (he’s Idol’s most affably offbeat guy since Jon Peter Lewis), he’s currently thriving on the show due to his overexposure on the program (how many times do we have to listen to that “Hey Jude” joke?) and  likability factor (the man crush/bond between Phillip Phillips and Han should at least get them both to the top 10) Han has a great tone to his voice, but he hasn’t truly wowed the judges since his first audition.  Picking the right Stevie Wonder tune is imperative for Han to gain some momentum.

Does Jessica Sanchez have what it takes to win American Idol? The last lady to take home the crown was season six’s Jordin Sparks.  My money is on Phillip “Don’t Call Me Dave Matthews Jr.” Phillips making it to the finals:

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Click on the media bar and listen to Phillips talk about how his brother-in-law helped him learn to play the guitar:

Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina is returning for tomorrow night’s elimination installment (Fox, 8 pm et/pt) to perform her hit song “Georgia Peach.  Who’s your favorite Idol contestant this year, and does that singer have a shot to go all the way?  Will Steven Tyler deliver his first useful critique?  Any Idol dish is welcome!


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posted by Greg Srisavasdi (Twitter: @gsrisavasdi)