American Idol: What Should the Top 11 Sing for (Another Installment of) Motown Week?

Insanity is watching American Idol season after season after season and expecting its producers to whip up new and interesting theme nights. Which is my roundabout way of reminding everyone that once again, Nigel Lythgoe & Co. are returning to the Motown Week well for Wednesday night’s Top 11 performance show. Then again, just because “Superstition” and “(Love Is Like a) Heatwave” and “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” have been done to death on Idol is no reason to assume the Season 10 finalists won’t take advantage of the brainstorming power of Google and iTunes to give us a fresh take on an old theme. Below are my Motown Night picks for the Idols. Ch-ch-check ’em out, then head to the comments to post your own picks for your favorite contestants, or better yet, for all 11 singers left in the competition. And for all my Idol news, recaps, and commentary, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

Pia Toscano: Teena Marie’s “Square Biz
James Durbin: The Temptations’ “I Wish It Would Rain
Casey Abrams: The Commodores’ “Brick House” (maybe stripped down, slowed down, with the upright bass?)
Lauren Alaina: Diana Ross’ “Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)
Stefano Langone: Erykah Badu’s “On & On
Jacob Lusk: The Spinners’ “It’s a Shame
Scotty McCreery: The Commodores’ “Three Times a Lady” (hey, it worked for Kenny Rogers!)
Paul McDonald: Diana Ross’s “Love Hangover” (in his gravelly, alt-rock style, which could be totally genius)
Thia Megia: The Temptations’ “I Can’t Get Next to You” (Annie Lenox version)
Haley Reinhart: Jackson 5’s “Who’s Lovin’ You
Naima Adedapo: Tony Toni Toné’s “Anniversary

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