Syesha Mercado is first up. Her new look is so Janet Jackson circa "Rhythm Nation." She picks "Got to Get You into My Life," a song the Fab Four recorded in 1966, but didn't release as a single until until 1976. It's filled with horns and a lot of brass from Mercado.
" It was a nice arrangement. It started a little rough, but by the middle you got into it," Randy Jackson said.
Chikezie Eze tackled "She's a Woman." It was a song he hoped to "put my own funk on it." The arrangement began very jug band-ish before Eze began to channel the late James Brown and actually rocked out.
"I was thoroughly entertained. Who knew?" Jackson said. "I'm really surprised I actually agree with these two," and exasperated Simon Cowell said. "I thought you were terrific."
Ramiele Malubay dedicated "In My Life" dedicated to "my close friends who left the show already. " It's an arrangement heavy on strings, but touchingly sweet.
"It was kind of pretty and kind of pretty boring," Jackson said.
"I was bored to tears throughout the entire song," Cowell said. "I expect a lot better from you because you're a lot better."
Jason Castro selected "If I fell." He played an acoustic guitar and was backed up by a string orchestra. It's a boring arrangement, but it comes across as if he's singing it to every girl who votes after the show.
"I like it, but didn't love it," Jackson said.
"Last week you were incredible. This week you were a little 'student in bedroom at midnight,'" Cowell said.
Carley Smithson promised a version of "Come Together" that "changed it up a bit." I don't think she did much with the song. The crowd seems to like it.
"I felt like I was watching a star," Abdul said.
"Week after week so far I thought you have chosen the wrong song until now."
David Cook does a Emo version of "Eleanor Rigby." He is this season's Chris Daughtry.
"I've been telling people you're the dark horse," Abdul said. "We all know you're the front man for your band, but you're the front man here."