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American Idol Set to Tackle Songs By the Rolling Stones

March 11, 2010 1:20 PM ET

Two years ago American Idol celebrated the music of the Fab Four, and next week the show's Top 12 will pick up that rockin' tradition by belting out songs by "the Greatest Rock & Roll Band in the World," the Rolling Stones. Host Ryan Seacrest made the announcement of next week's musical theme on a radio promotion taped during last night's episode, Entertainment Weeky reports. As it's still too early on in the competition for celebrity mentors, it's highly unlikely Mick Jagger or Keith Richards will participate, though Richards mentoring the kids on partying and excess for an hour would likely be more entertaining than the performances themselves.

We won't know which contestants are singing what Stones classics until next week, but we're already placing bets on what we expect to hear. On the ladies' side, we anticipate "Satisfaction," "Tumbling Dice," "Time is on My Side," "Gimme Shelter" (if a contestant is brazen enough to handle both Mick and the female leads) and, thanks to Susan Boyle, "Wild Horses." For the men, we're thinking "Brown Sugar," "Miss You," Sympathy for the Devil," "Angie," "Honky Tonk Woman" and "Waiting on a Friend." "You Can't Always Get What You Want" seems destined for the group performance, and let's just add that any contestant who mines Goats Head Soup gets our automatic vote.

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