updated 05/01/2014 AT 4:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/01/2014 AT 7:45 AM ET
America will eventually pick the winner of American Idol, but – at least for Wednesday night – viewers got the chance to pick the songs.
With Jason Mraz mentoring, each Final Five contestant sang two songs chosen by viewers.
Alex Preston started the show with “Sweater Weather,” which earned nice reviews but requests for more oomph.
Preston’s second choice was “Say Something,” a “beautiful performance” Connick called the “performance of the night” and earned a standing ovation from Keith Urban, who called it the “perfect marriage of song and artist.”
America selected “Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” for Caleb Johnson, which gave Lopez “goosies” but didn’t connect as much with Connick or Urban.
“You must let your feelings drive your ability, not the other away around,” said Urban.
America let the rocker rock with its second pick, Whitesnake’s “Still of the Night,” and he delivered a performance that had the judges jamming.
“You can’t sing it any better than that,” said Connick. “You heard the crowd. Congratulations.”
America’s choice for Jessica Meuse was a unique one – “Human,” ironically, a side the judges have longed to see more of from the country singer.