Idol Elton John
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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”

Naima Adedapo

Lauren Alaina

James Durbin

Stefano Langone

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

Paul McDonald

DO NOT SING: “Daniel”

Thia Megia

Haley Reinhart

Pia Toscano

So those are our picks. What are yours?

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