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First, the American Idol finalists took on to California last night, covering singles by artists or bands that hailed from the Golden State.

Then, for their next quartet of songs, Phillip Phillips, Hollie Cavanagh, Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez took on tracks they wished they, themselves, had written. A very odd theme, no doubt? But did it lead to any memorable performances? You tell us…

Phillip Phillips made like Damien Rice on “Volcano,” breaking out his guitar like usual and following up “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” with this take:

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Hollie Cavanagh slowed things down for a version of the Bonnie Raiit hit “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Audio only, folks, we apologize:

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James Brown, meet Joshua Ledet. This finalist became the latest Idol to turn “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” into his own:

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Jessica Sanchez ended the evening with a powerful version of “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.” Compare it now to her performance of “Steal Away.”

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WHICH OF THESE PERFORMANCES DID YOU LIKE BEST?