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‘American Idol’ Contestants to Perform Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll

James Durbin Lauren Alaina Jacob Lusk
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On tonight’s episode of ‘American Idol,’ the nine remaining contestants will perform songs that shaped the history of rock and roll, as selected by the Hall of Fame in its exhibit of the same name. The song choices have yet to be announced, but the contestants get to choose from a massive list, clocking at over 650 songs.

PopCrush paged through the song list and picked the songs we’d like to see the ‘Idols’ try their hand at tonight. Last time, we got one prediction right, when “rawk” dude James Durbin belted out Bon Jovi’s ‘I’ll Be There for You’ for the task of singing a song from the year they were born in.

Plus, it’s rumored that fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Jeff Beck will be making a surprise performance! Without further adieu, here’s who we’d like to see sing what:

James Durbin: Durbin is ballsy with his song choices and engages the crowd. We could totally hear him nailing Joan Jett’s screams on her anthem ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.’ He is Season 10’s resident rocker and this song is made for him.
Watch the Joan Jett ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Video

Pia Toscano: Toscano has been living on ballads alone so far. She’s become predictable and while we know she can hit those high notes. we’d love to see her demonstrate some range with Blondie’s upbeat, nu-wave gem ‘Heart of Glass.’
Watch the Blondie ‘Heart of Glass’ Video

Lauren Alaina: It’d be all too easy for Alaina to sing Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On,’ since she has that “thing” with Steven Tyler and did so during her audition. The teen should show off more of her countrified side and have a go at Patsy Cline’s classic ‘I Fall to Pieces.’
Listen to Patsy Cline, ‘I Fall to Pieces’

Paul McDonald: McDonald’s breathy voice would fit like a glove if he tried James Brown’s hormonal ‘Sex Machine.’ There’s lot of vocal nuances that McDonald could handle in this song and his quiet strength would be on full display.
Watch James Brown Perform ‘Sex Machine’

Scotty McCreery: While McCreery grew up impersonating Elvis Presley on the bus, it would be an obvious choice for him to go with a song by the King. His voice is deep enough to tackle Johnny Cash’s burly ‘I Walk the Line.’ He can stretch, all the while still sticking to what he knows.
Watch Johnny Cash Perform ‘Walk the Line’

Jacob Lusk: Lusk infuses every note and bar he sings with raw, soulful emotion. He has a penchant for histrionics, too. We’d like to see him step away from his comfort zone and indulge in a little soulful rock with Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Proud Mary.’
Watch Creedence Clearwater Revival Perform ‘Proud Mary’

Stefano Langone: Langone is a crooner of the highest order — could you even begin to imagine what he would do if he tackled Prince’s somber, aching ‘Purple Rain’? He could soar to new heights and show his softer side.
Watch the Prince ‘Purple Rain’ Video

Casey Abrams: Abrams is always fearless with his song choices and the natural gritty tone of his voice makes Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are a-Changin” a natural fit for this diamond-in-the-gruff.
Watch Bob Dylan Perform ‘The Time They Are a-Changin”

Haley Reinhart: Reinhart‘s got an old soul and a lived in, smoky voice, which make’s Aretha Franklin ‘Respect’ worthy of an attempt. Reinhart would make the soul queen proud.
Watch Aretha Franklin Perform ‘Respect’

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