It's time to bone up on your Brits to get ready for Tuesday's British Invasion. So here's a homework list for those too young to remember and extra credit for those who have fond memories of these songs.
BTW, here are song suggestions for the contestants:
LaKisha Jones - "Goldfinger" (Shirley Bassey)
Chris Sligh - "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" (Gerry & The Pacemakers")
Blake Lewis - "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" (The Animals)
Sanjaya Malakar - "Lola" (The Kinks)
Gina Glocksen - "Wild Thing" (The Troggs)
Phil Stacey - "Go Now" (The Moody Blues)
Melinda Doolittle - "The Man Who Sold the World" (Lulu)
Chris Richardson - "Friday on My Mind" (The Easybeats)
Haley Scarnato - "A Sign of the Times" (Petula Clark)
Stephanie Edwards - "All Cried Out" (Dusty Springfield)
Jordin Sparks - "Georgy Girl" (The Seekers)
What are your song suggestions for the remaining 11? Please let us know by commenting!
Listen and watch:
Dave Clark 5 - "Because"
Dave Clark 5 - "Bits and Pieces"
Dave Clark 5 - "Glad All Over"
Dave Clark 5 - "Over and Over"
Dave Clark 5 -"You Got What It Takes"
Dusty Springfield - "All Cried Out"
Dusty Springfield - "I Only Want to Be With You"
Dusty Springfield - "Son of a Preacher Man"
Dusty Springfield - "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me"
Gerry & The Pacemakers - "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying"
Gerry & The Pacemakers - "Ferry Across the Mersey"
Gerry & The Pacemakers - "I Like It"
Herman's Hermits - "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat"
Herman's Hermits - "I'm Into Something Good"
Herman's Hermits - "Silhouettes"
Herman's Hermits - "There's a Kind of Hush"
Los Bravos - "Black Is Black"
Lulu - "The Man Who Sold the World"
Marianne Faithfull - "As Tears Go By"
Petula Clark - "A Sign of the Times"
Petula Clark - "Downtown"
Shirley Bassey - "Goldfinger"
Spencer Davis Group - "Gimme Some Lovin' "
Spencer Davis Group - "Keep on Running"
The Animals - "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
The Animals - "It's My Life"
The Animals - "We Gotta Get Out of This Place"
The Easybeats - "Friday on My Mind"
The Hollies - "Carrie Anne"
The Hollies - "Dear Eloise"
The Hollies - "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
The Hollies - "Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)"
The Hollies - "On a Carousel"
The Kinks - "A Well Respected Man"
The Kinks - "All Day and All of the Night"
The Kinks - "Lola"
The Kinks - "Tired of Waiting"
The Kinks - "You Really Got Me"
The Moody Blues - "Go Now"
The Seekers - "Georgy Girl"
The Seekers - "I'll Never Find Another You"
The Troggs - "Love Is All Around"
The Troggs - "Wild Thing"
The Yardbirds - "For You Love"
The Zombies - "She's Not There"
The Zombies - "Tell Her No"
The Zombies - "Time of the Season"
Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders - "Game of Love"
Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders - "Groovy Kind of Love"
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But the 44-year-old singer-turned-"Idol" judge admits she tries to avoid the star when he's being overly facetious. She said, "Simon and I actually get along great. We have cultivated a fun relationship. He's actually become a really good friend."
And Abdul is adamant any rumors of a romance between the pair is way off the mark. She explains, "He makes this stuff up. He said, 'Paula, people want us to hook up so bad.' I said, 'That's disgusting.' He goes, 'Paula, I know you want me,' and I go, 'Like a cold sore.' "
We have fun playing up the chemistry, but there's also times when I would cross the other side of the street so I wouldn't have to look at him."
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