Kara DioGuardi

Kara explains what makes a great song and selects her favorite lyrics from this episode.

on Jun 13, 2011

I thought Johnny and Jes' teams both had songs that felt like they were written from an artist's perspective. They felt universal yet unique to their experiences at the same time. Jes's melodies were breathtaking and Johnny's lyrics and musical changes showed a musicality we had not seen on the show until this week.

I loved the debate that surfaced this week over what is more important -- melody or lyrics. Songwriters I know always debate this issue. I have come to believe they are both equally important.

Best lines of the week:

Johnny - "I'll let these tire tracks talk dirt behind my back."

Sonyae -"The only compass that I got is the beating of my own heart."