The Filter.Com, a music/multimedia recommendation engine, has determined precisely what songs the Idol judges should like, using an algorithm and the judge's stated tastes or histories. This, supposedly, offers guidance to wannabes who can thus impress the four judges by singing one of their supposed favorite tunes.
The Ultimate American Idol Contestant Playlist was created by blending the musical tastes and influences of judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Kara DioGuardi.
According to a press release, The Filter.com’s Taste Mixer used popular songs from the judges’ musical influences, as published by the All Music Guide. (Simon Cowell, who was not a songwriter or performer, was evaluated based on his favorite music broadcast on the UK’s BBC Radio 4). For Paula, they factored in Madonna, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan, and Daryl Simmons. For Randy it was Jean Luc Ponty, Billy Cobham, Whitney Houston, Michael Bolton, Journey and Van Hunt (what? no Mariah?) and for Kara they folded in Chico Bennett, John Shanks, Max Martin, Kylie Minogue and Fleetwood Mac.
From the formula, the algorithm spit out this sure-fire, sure to please song list for Idol hopefuls to sing their way to glory (or, at the very least, into the judges' crusty ol' hearts):
- Whitney Houston – Greatest Love of All
- George Michael – Faith
- Cher – All or Nothing
- Rihanna – Pon de Replay
- Natasha Bedingfield – These Words
- Barbra Streisand/Donna Summer – No More Tears (Enough is Enough). This one worked for Season 3's Diana DeGarmo.
- Tony Bennett – I Left My Heart in San Francisco
- Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal
- Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night)
- Air Supply – Just As I Am
- Mary J. Blige – You Bring Me Joy
- Alicia Keys – Samsonite Man
- Clay Aiken – Invisible
- Destiny’s Child – Soldier
- Ricky Martin – Livin La Vida Loca
- Frank Sinatra – I Get a Kick Out Of You
- Michael Buble – I Got You Under My Skin
Looking at this list, this seems as random and rather bogus as iTunes new "Genius" feature or the Pandora internet radio iTunes application that supposedly uses mathematical algorithms to mix and match your favorite tunes based on artists or songs you type in. It's all in good fun, but does it really mean anything?