It’s a really big deal to be selected as a contestant on Spotlight. Teens from all over the country audition for a place on the reality show/singing competition. Some, like Ford, hailing from very small town Arkansas, see this as the chance to escape a bleak future. Others, such as Magnolia, are not even certain why they are there. All come to be molded into sell-able images and, incidentally, sing. But sometimes something genuine happens, even in the world of fake reality.
So here is a book that is chock-full of songs. It was hard to pick one, so I’ve included a playlist that includes songs picked by Magnolia and Ford while they travel cross-country. See if you can guess who picked each song!
1. Alicia Keys – “Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart”
2. Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks (This is the title of an album, so I’ve chosen just one track, “Shelter from the Storm”)
3. Britney Spears – “Til the World Ends”
4. Spoon – “The Underdog”
5. Fleetwood Mac – “Gypsy”
6. Led Zeppelin – “When the Levee Breaks”
7. Haim – “The Wire”
8. Iggy Pop – “The Passenger”
9. Prince – “I Would Die 4 U”
10. The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street (Another album! I picked “Tumbling Dice off this one.)