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'American Idol': What should the Top 11 sing for Elton John week? What should they avoid?

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On the one hand, if American Idol has any hope of matching the crazy musical goodness of last week’s Motown performance show, going with the Elton John catalog is a pretty safe bet. On the other hand, the last time Idol dedicated an episode to the music of Elton John, way back in Season 3, it was pretty much all kinds of a mess — the man’s melodies are simply really challenging to pull off. Two contestants will be eliminated this week, too, so song choice will be crucial for the Top 11 Take 2’s chances to move forward, especially with the frontrunner status still so wildly in flux. Fortunately, we’ve come up with song suggestions for each contestant, as well as suggestions for songs the kids should likely avoid. (We’re looking at you, Casey: No. Growling. Allowed.) Here’s our list: 

Casey Abrams

DO SING: “Levon”

DO NOT SING: “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”

Naima Adedapo

DO SING: “Honky Cat”

DO NOT SING: “The Bitch Is Back”

Lauren Alaina

DO SING: “Tiny Dancer”

DO NOT SING: “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word”

James Durbin

DO SING: “Bennie and the Jets”

DO NOT SING: “Crocodile Rock”

Stefano Langone

DO SING: “Someone Saved My Life Tonight”

DO NOT SING: “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me”

Jacob Lusk

DO SING: “The One”

DO NOT SING: “Circle of Life” (I mean, he’d be great, but it’s been done.)

Scotty McCreery

DO SING: “Something About the Way You Look Tonight”

DO NOT SING: “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)”

Paul McDonald

DO SING: “Your Song”

DO NOT SING: “Daniel”

Thia Megia

DO SING: “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”

DO NOT SING: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”

Haley Reinhart

DO SING: “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues”

DO NOT SING: “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”

Pia Toscano

DO SING: “Philadelphia Freedom”

DO NOT SING: “Candle in the Wind”

So those are our picks. What are yours?

Read more:

‘American Idol’: Top 11 Power List (Casey’s Still With Us Edition)!

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