'American Idol' Songwriting contenders down to 20
After thousands of online entrants, the field for the American Idol Songwriting Competition has been narrowed down to 20 songs that sound like they could only have been written for the American Idol Songwriting Competition.
Fans can listen to each of the Top 20 entries over at the official American Idol website and vote for your favorite. Last year's winner, the grammatically ridiculous "This Is My Now" became the first single of Jordin Sparks' debut album.
This year's contenders:
"Align" -- Written by James Smithson
"All You Will Need" -- Written by Lauren Dion and Phil Minardi
"Believe" -- Written by John Buchanan
"Dream Big" -- Written by Emily Shackelton
"Faith" -- Written by Zach Ziskin
"Fly Me Away" -- Written by Scott Sheets
"Here I Am" -- Written by Tom Kitt, Matt Zarley, and Andy Zulla
"In This Moment" -- Written by Ryan Gillmor
"No Turning Back" -- Written by Luke Ebbin and Curt Schneider
"Only Love" -- Written by Ken Stacey, Windy Wagner and David Walsh
"Overcome" -- Written by Mark Holman
"Something Like Heaven" -- Written by Aaron Sidwell
"Stronger" -- Written by Jason Phelps and Mendy Shaw
"Thank You Whatever Comes" -- Written by Fran Lucci, Danny Powers and Dara Stewart
"The Time of My Life" -- Written by Regie Hamm
"We're Gonna Make It" -- Written by Noel Cohen, Hugh Colocott and Amber Rhodes
"When You Come From Nothing" -- Written by Will Hopkins
"You Believe In Me" -- Written by David Barrett, Kurt Schreitmueller and Dan Yessian
"You Believed In Me" -- Written by Perry Smith
"You Can Do Anything" -- Written by Gail Farrell, Mark Gasbarro and Larry Kenton
I look forward to the heated battle between "You Believe In Me" and "You Believed In Me," though I wonder if "Believe" might be a dark horse.
Somewhere, Michael Johns is wiping his brow in relief at missing out on these hits.
Last year, two million people voted in the song contest.
The list of potential coronation songs got me wondering if I could think up any titles that could possibly be more cliched.
Here's what I've got:
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