See which songs of empowerment give the judges and contestants that extra boost.

Kara DioGuardi, head judge

  • "Beautiful" -- Christina Aguilera
  • "Unwritten" -- Natasha Bedingfield
  • "I'm Every Woman" -- Chaka Kahn

Jewel, host and judge

  • "I'm Feeling Good" -- Nina Simone
  • "The Pill" -- Loretta Lynn
  • "Hands" -- Jewel
  • "At Seventeen" -- Janice Ian
  • "F--k You" -- Cee-Lo Green

Evan Bogart, guest judge

  • "Survivor" -- Destiny's Child
  • "I Will Survive" -- Gloria Gaynor
  • "Man in the Mirror" -- Michael Jackson
  • "Eye of the Tiger" -- Survivor
  • "Lose Yourself" -- Eminem

Colbie Callait, guest judge

  • "The Climb" -- Miley Cyrus
  • "I Hope You Dance" -- Lee Ann Womack
  • "Man in the Mirror" -- Michael Jackson
  • "Strip Me" -- Natasha Bedingfield

Amber Ojeda, contestant

  • “Muddy Water” –- Aretha Franklin
  • “You Oughta Know” –- Alanis Morissette
  • “Beautiful” –- Christina Aguilera
  • “I Will Survive” -– Gloria Gaynor

Blessing Ofor, contestant

  • “You Gotta Be” -– Des’ree
  • “We Are The World” –- Various Artists
  • “Bad” -– Michael Jackson

Brian Judah, contestant

  • “Alive” –- Pearl Jam
  • “Eye of the Tiger” -– Survivor
  • “Man in the Mirror” -– Michael Jackson
  • “Steppin’ Out” -– Joe Jackson
  • “True Colors” –- Cyndi Lauper

Jackie Tohn, contestant

  • “Whispering at the Top of My Lungs” –- Tim Christensen
  • “21 Things I Want In A Lover” –- Alanis Morissette
  • “Eggs Over Easy” –- Martina Sorbara
  • “Kind of Behind Us” –- Jackie Tohn

Johnny Marnell, contestant

  • “I Will Survive” –-Gloria Gaynor
  • “Little Black Sandals” -– Sia
  • “Man in the Mirror”- – Michael Jackson
  • “Independent Women” –- Destiny’s Child
  • “I Can” -– Nas

Karen Waldrup, contestant

  • “I Hope You Dance”-– Lee Ann Womack
  • “The Climb” -– Miley Cyrus
  • “My Favorite Mistake” –- Sheryl Crow

Melissa Rapp, contestant

  • “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” –- Cyndi Lauper
  • “Lose Yourself” –- Eminem
  • “Man in the Mirror” –- Michael Jackson
  • “I Will Survive” –- Gloria Gaynor
  • “Let it Be” –- The Beatles

Sonyae Elise, contestant

  • “It's Not Over” –- Karen Clark Sheard
  • “What’s Going On” –- Marvin Gaye
  • “Earth Song” -– Michael Jackson
  • “Imagine” -– John Lennon
  • “Keep Ya Head Up” -– 2Pac
  • “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” –- Lauryn Hill
  • “I Believe I Can Fly” -– R. Kelly