American Idol 2011: What the Top 11 (redux) should and shouldn’t do

It’s that time of the week again. Where the “American Idol” Top 11 (again) have to sing for our votes (or not if it’s anything like last week). This week, we think the theme is Elton John songs. And not 80s songs as first stated. I thought they weren’t going to do specific themes this year? Anyway, I have some suggestions as to what the Top 11 should sing and some other things they should consider.

This week I’m posting them in random order:

*Casey Abrams – “Take Me To The Pilot.” This is just the right kind of song for Casey to show his soul and that angry singing I still don’t understand.

*Pia Toscano – “Island Girl.” She promised last week to sing something upbeat. We’ll see if she does so. I think “Island Girl” would be perfect for her. It’s a fast fun song that always makes me want to dance. Or drive fast if its on in the car.

*Scotty McCreery – “Porch Swing in Tupelo.” If Scotty doesn’t sing this then there’s something wrong with him. It’s almost a country song. And it’s a tribute to Elvis Presley, who was one of Scotty’s childhood heroes. This group is bad at picking songs, so I won’t hold my breath.

*Paul McDonald – “Your Song.” Again, another clear choice here. “Your Song” is right in Paul’s zone. Perhaps an acoustic version with the guitar? Yes please.

*Jacob Lusk – “Rocket Man” or “Something About the Way You Look Tonight.” The former is pretty predictable, but the latter could be nice for Jacob. He could put that annoying gospel spin on it he loves so much. I hope he puts on some Elton-inspired clothing. He should embrace his flamboyance like Elton does. That would be pretty awesome.

*James Durbin – “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” seems predictable for James, but it’s his kind of song that he does well. I haven’t really seen James get out of his comfort zone yet. So maybe something slower would be better. But what that should be I’m not sure. Here’s a non-song suggestion though: LESS showboating please. People are starting to think he’s a cocky tool.

*Stefano Langone – “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me.” Don’t forget to connect with the audience Stefano. Get out of that bottom. You’ve got one of the best male voices in the game.

*Lauren Alaina – “Tiny Dancer.” It would be nice to hear her version of this song. She could put a nice youthful spin on it.

*Haley Reinhart – “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues.” I just thought of Haley when I thought of this song. She could add her soulful spin and twang to it. Just less growling this week, please.

*Naima Adedapo – “Crocodile Rock.” I’m going with this because she’s apparently never going to do a slow song and her fans are confusing this show with “So You Can Think You Can Dance.” If it were up to me I’d force her to sing “Daniel.” I want to hear her sing something soft.

*Thia Megia – “Circle of Life.” I’d rather hear her sing “Rocket Man” or something unpredictable, but I’m just going to go ahead and pick “Circle of Life” because you know she’ll sing that. I think she has a deal with Disney we don’t know about.

What do you want to hear your favorite sing on Wednesday night’s Idol show?