The first round of performances consisted of songs from the songbook of Bruce Springsteen. Leah was the first performer, singing her version of ‘Cover Me’ from Springsteen’s 1984 album Born in the USA.
To open the second round, each of finalists’ trips to their respective hometowns was highlighted. Marlene once again was the first for this round, with a montage of her return to the Town of Normal last Tuesday.
Following the montage, Marlene performed a song of her own for the judges, titled ‘Flowers.’ Host Ryan Seacrest told the viewing audience she wrote it to her past self, reflected in the message of resilience conveyed in the song’s lyrics.