American Idol: Advice and Dream Set Lists for the Season 15 Top 10

Kelly Clarkson may not be reprising her stint as a guest judge on American Idol tonight (8/7c on Fox) — booo! hisss! — but we’ve still got to attend to the serious business of selecting a Season 15 bookend to the original champ.

On Tuesday, TVLine exclusively brought you the rundown of all 10 songs on this week’s Idol set list — though you’ll only hear eight of ’em, following a top-of-the-episode double elimination — and while there are a couple intriguing zigs amidst the ho-hum zags, it got us thinking about smarter strategies and song choices for Sonika, La’Porsha, MacKenzie, Dalton and more.

Who needs to study her Idol history books? Who’d benefit from a totally stripped down arrangement? And who needs to cut it with the Ed Sheeran covers? We’ve got all the advice — along with some against-the-grain cover suggestions — that Scott Borchetta is too busy/disinterested to deliver!

Check out the gallery below — or click here for direct access — for our take on what each finalist can do to get closer to that coveted confetti shower, then hit the comments with your own thoughts!