The show featured a performance by Lazaro Arbos who sang the Carpenters "Close To You". The judges did not enjoy his rendition and judge Randy Jackson said, "I don't know what's going on with you right now, but that was, I think that's the worst performance you ever had on the show".
The second half of the show featured songs the contestants wish they had written. Amber Holcomb performed Beyonce's "Love On Top", in which the judges gave her positive reviews. "Yes Ma'am, you have arrived in every sense of the word. Vocally, your charisma, the way you look, all gold everything, the stallion legs is poppin', you gave me everything I ever wanted in life honey child" said judge Nicki Minaj. Candice Glover gave a great performance of "Love Song". She received a standing ovation from the judges, and Randy called it "One of the greatest performances in the history, 12 years of American Idol"