‘American Idol’ To Feature Very First Nirvana Song Tonight [AUDIO]

March 16, 2011 7:40 am

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Nigel Lythgoe took time from his executive producer duties at both “American Idol” and auditions for “So You Think You Can Dance” to chat about tonight’s performance show, when Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler might perform, and how the contestants are dealing with a case of sinusitis behind the scenes.

For the first time in ‘Idol’ history, a contestant will sing a Nirvana song on tonight’s performance episode themed around songs from the Top 12’s birth year. Following a hospital stay that kept him from last week’s results show, Casey Abrams, who was born in 1991, will sing “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

16-year-old Thia Megia will be singing 1995’s “Colors of the Wind” from “Pocahontas.” Nigel went on to compliment her talents by saying, “Her beautiful, clear cut voice. And she is choosing ‘Smile,’ ‘Out Here on My Own,’ and now ‘Colors of the Wind’ that are so plaintive and melodic.”

Ryan began by questioning Nigel about when Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler may grace the Idol stage to which he coyly stated, “they might perform. They might even perform before the finale.” Regarding the media buzz surrounding a Aerosmith reunion on the Idol stage Nigel deflected saying, “Oh, are they? I know that we have some fantastic guests for the finale. People are calling us now! The show has made such an impact that great stars are calling us wanting to be on the shows finale!”

Nigel also addressed what now seems to be an annual tradition of some sort of virus spreading through the contestants, judges and crew.

“The worse thing about the [contestants' mansion] is once one person gets a cold, it starts spreading around,” explained Nigel. “Paul got really bad sinusitis this week — which you won’t notice with his voice though.”

Speaking from experience, Ryan expanded on the potential for an outbreak saying, “If Paul has it, then another contestant gets it, then they shake my hand on the stage, and Ellen, I give you a high five, then guess what? It all goes full circle.”

Tune in tonight tonight to Fox at 8/7c, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite ‘Idol’ contestant at AmericanIdol.com!