According to Idol music director Michael Orland, the contestants pick their songs for the following week on Thursday, before the elimination show. Then on Friday they have their first meeting with mentor Jimmy Iovine.
"...Depending on how much help they need is how much they get when they go into Jimmy Iovine and the mentor," says Orland.
Picking the right song is critical to the contestants -- especially in this part of the competition. And the contestants know even one mistake could be costly.
"There's a lot you have to put into a song," explains Jessica Sanchez. "You can't just let it be boring and not feel it."
Click on the video to see more from the contestants, and hear why booted contestant Colton Dixon may turn to Christian music moving forward.