Round one on last night's "American Idol" was "California Dreamin'"—songs either about California or by artists from the Golden State—and round two comprised songs that inspired the contestants so much, they wish they had written them.
Phillip Phillips performed a low-key version of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"
Hollie Cavanagh sang Journey's "Faithfully." Jennifer Lopez was on the verge of tears.
Joshua Ledet sang Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up" other than sing it well—and, duh, that's obviously what did!
Jessica Sanchez performed Etta James' '"Steal Away," a vocal that Randy Jackson called "ridiculous."
The finalists then capped off round one with a couple of duets, first Joshua and Phillip doing L.A.-based Maroon 5's "This Love," a song choice Steven Tyler called "brilliant" and "perfect."
Jessica and Hollie followed up with the Bangles' eternally "Eternal Flame." It was "a little strange" for Randy.
Next up, the judges raved about Phillip's cover of Damien Rice's "Volcanoes".
Hollie sang Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me", but J.Lo told her, "A little too much vibrato, too much shaking". Randy thought the overall song choice was wrong.
Joshua took on James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World." The judges loved it.
Jessica closed the show with the big-voice favorite "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going."