Idol producers selected “My Destiny” and “Do I Make You Proud” from a pool of 150 songs

The two craptastic songs that American Idol 5 finalists Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee performed Tuesday night were, unbelievably, the best two songs in a pool of 150 possibilities.

USA TODAY reports that producers “mulled over more than 150 potential singles since January, narrowing the choices in recent weeks to match the remaining competitors, says 19 Entertainment’s Iain Pirie, who oversees the process.” The selected single “has to work as a climactic moment on the show but also be something that potential music buyers want to keep listening to,” according to the paper. Clearly, they failed on both accounts for both songs, although Taylor’s might be a little more playable after some heavy production.

Taylor’s first single, “Do I Make You Proud,” was written by Tracy Ackerman, while Harry Sommerdahl, Hanne Sorvag, and Tim Baxter wrote “My Destiny.” All five deserve eternal scorn and shame, or at least membership in the Diane Warren Hall of Mediocre Pop Songs.

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