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'American Idol': What should the Top 8 sing for songs from the cinema week? What should they avoid?

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Good news! As if to help the American Idol nation cope with the surprise departure of Pia Toscano last week, this week the Top 8 contestants will be singing songs from the movies (sorry, the “cinema,” as the show’s British producers often insist on calling it), which in years past has proven to be a solid night of music. In season 2, winner Ruben Studdard pulled off a surprisingly soulful “A Whole New World”; in season 3, winner Fantasia Barrino delivered what many believe is still the best Idol performance ever when she sang “Summertime”; and in season 8, winner Kris Allen took a big risk that paid off big time when he attempted the Oscar-winning-if-still-kinda-obscure “Falling Slowly.” Them’s big shoes to fill, but thankfully, we’re here to offer our always expert advice on what the Top 8 should sing, and what they should avoid. Check out our picks below: 

Casey Abrams

DO SING: “You Can Leave Your Hat On,” Joe Cocker, from 9 1/2 Weeks and The Full Monty

DO NOT SING: “Summertime,” George Gershwin, from Porgy and Bess (It’s been done.)

Lauren Alaina

DO SING: “Save Me,” Aimee Mann, from Magnolia

DO NOT SING: “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” Aerosmith, from Armageddon

James Durbin

DO SING: “Uninvited,” Alanis Morissette, from City of Angels

DO NOT SING: “Born to Be Wild,” Steppenwolf, from Easy Rider

Stefano Langone

DO SING: “Come What May,” Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman, from Moulin Rouge!

DO NOT SING: “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” Bryan Adams, from Don Juan DeMarco (It’s been done. Twice.)

Jacob Lusk

DO SING: “Unchained Melody,” The Righteous Brothers, from Ghost

DO NOT SING: Anything from The Bodyguard

Scotty McCreery

DO SING: “Travelin’ Through,” Dolly Parton, from Transamerica (admit it, this would be awesome)

DO NOT SING: “Jailhouse Rock,” Elvis Presley, from Jailhouse Rock

Paul McDonald

DO SING: “Everybody’s Talkin’,” Harry Nilsson, from Midnight Cowboy

DO NOT SING: “Falling Slowly,” Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová, from Once (It’s been done. Twice.)

Haley Reinhart

DO SING: “Moon River,” Audrey Hepburn, from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

DO NOT SING: “Up Where We Belong,” Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, from An Officer and a Gentleman

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