5 April 2013 12:24 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

We asked for fresh, modern music on Season 12 of American Idol, and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has responded with…the Burt Bacharach/ Hal David Songbook!

[Insert Sound of Crickets Here]

Ah well, at least the second theme for Top 6 Week — during which the contestants will each cover two songs apiece — is “The Song I Wish I’d Written.” That should yield some recent, not-done-to-death, edgy and/or unexpected material, as long as there’s not some heinous fine print that turns it into ”The Song I Wish I’d Written (From the List of 11 Songs That Uncle Nigel Bothered to Clear).”

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