Tonight is Quentin Tarantino Night on American Idol, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the passing of Delfonics founder Randy Cain (left), considering the Delfonics figured so heavily into the most charming scenes of QT’s Jackie Brown. The Delfonics were one of the first Philadelphia soul bands, and the perfect harmonies and dramatic arrangements—courtesy of super-genius instrumentalist Thom Bell—were indicative of the Philadelphia sound to come, if a little lower budget.
This week, American Idol goes to the movies, with director Quentin Tarantino sitting in as mentor as the contestants take on the frustratingly vague theme of “songs from film.” (Tarantino has actually served as a guest judge on the show in the past, and he’s not exactly a pushover, which should be awesome when he deals with Lil Rounds’ outsized ego.) The bloodthirsty Tarantino has always had a deft touch when it comes to putting together soundtracks for his own flicks, and part of me kind of hopes that the seven remaining Idol contestants will be restricted to songs that he paired with his body of work over the years. After the jump, it’s time to play Fantasy Idol one more time—and hey, the results sound kind of like the hallways of my college dorm!