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By Adam B. Vary
Updated April 06, 2011 at 06:01 PM EDT
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Last week, the American Idol contestants were tasked with singing from the catalogue of a single, melodically challenging music legend. This week, things get a lot easier — or harder, depending on your point of view — since the Top 9 get to sing music by the music legends inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That’s 92 music groups, and 196 individual artists, ranging from Neil Diamond to Alice Cooper (and that’s just from the 2011 inductees). With so many options to pick from, it’s a good thing we here at PopWatch HQ are around to make suggestions, both for what to sing and what music traps to avoid at all costs. Check out our picks below!

Casey Abrams

DO SING: “The Thrill Is Gone,” B.B. King

DO NOT SING: “Long Tall Sally,” Little Richard

Lauren Alaina

DO NOT SING: “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” Bonnie Raitt

James Durbin

DO SING: “Over the Hills and Far Away,” Led Zeppelin (but slowed down to a ballad)

Stefano Langone

DO SING: “Just the Way You Are,” Billy Joel

DO NOT SING: “Invisible Touch,” Genesis

Jacob Lusk

DO SING: “I’ve Got To Use My Imagination,” Gladys Knight and the Pips

DO NOT SING: “Kiss,” Prince

Scotty McCreery

DO NOT SING: “This Land Is Your Land,” Woody Guthrie

Paul McDonald

DO SING: “Pink Houses,” John Mellencamp

DO NOT SING: “Carolina In My Mind,” James Taylor

Haley Reinhart

DO SING: “Maybe,” Janis Joplin

DO NOT SING: “Me and Bobby McGee,” Janis Joplin (it’s been done)

Pia Toscano

DO SING: She revealed last week that she’s singing “River Deep, Mountain High” by Ike & Tina Turner, and I cannot argue with that. I just hope she tackles the Tina version, and not…

So those are my picks. What are yours?

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