And TALENTED, Billboard, do not forget talented!

If you want to skip right to the good part: Jason Castro — The dreadlocked guitar strummer was charming enough to score a fourth-place finish during season 7 and land an Atlantic Records album release, but rarely has there been an Idol contestant who seemed less interested in the machinery of fame. Castro melted hearts

Not feeling it yet?

“It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve” by Barry Manilow and Marty Panzer, sung by Barry Manilow: Video posted by BarryManilowOfficial Okay, okay, Murphy Brown joke, whatever. But did you listen to the song? Because it’s really good. Try listening to the same song sung by Lea Salonga: Video posted by LeaSalonga–Topic (Provided to YouTube by

Is it too early to ask? Or too late? These things are so complicated.

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” by Frank Loesser, sung by The Orioles in the original 1949 recording: Video posted by MusicProf78 According to the Songfacts blog, this is the second most popular song for the end of the year, and it is the kind of ballad that is usually sung in a melancholy