Let’s be honest – it’s going to be hard to follow up a viral Internet music smash like last summer’s Call Me Maybe. How do you top an infectious hook, well-produced riffs, and a shirtless gardener with abs you can do laundry on? How do you write a song that’s going to knock the web off its feet once again?
Easy: You don’t write it yourself. You let the Internet write it. And that’s exactly what singer Carly Rae Jepsen is doing with her upcoming single, Take A Picture, set to debut in May on American Idol’s season 12 finale.
Over the next nine weeks, Jepsen will be conducting a series of online polls on the American Idol website to determine the song’s lyrics. The first week’s vote, running through March 26, asks you to choose the first stanza of the first verse. Future polls will ask you to choose the stage effects and instruments to be featured on stage during Idol’s Perfect Harmony Finale Performance.
Sadly, there’s no write-in option in the poll, but we figure that’s for the best. After all, if the Internet had full creative control, we’d probably wind up with a nonsensical song that blends cheeseburger-eating cats, amazingly low mortgage rates, and one weird trick.
Actually, that doesn’t sound too bad. Are you listening, Carly Rae?