This Is Platinum Hit The city of Los Angeles inspires the 12 contestants to author a hook-laden song. Jermaine Dupri and Trevor Jerideau are guest judges.
Dance Floor Royalty The tunesmiths try to pen dance-music gems and must perform their songs at a hot Hollywood club. Disco luminary Donna Summer serves as guest judge.
Wheels Up The open road inspires the aspiring hit-makers to create musical hooks. They rev up for a road trip, but the ride soon turns bumpy and sorely tests their artistic patience. Pop singer Natasha Bedingfield is the guest judge.
Rap Heroes The aspiring hit-makers display their rapping abilities, yet some contenders treat the challenge as simply a gimmick. Songwriter-producer Rodney Jerkins is the guest judge.
The L Word The composers are assigned to author love songs in a challenge distinguished by a game-changing twist. Alas, love stinks for two contestants when they engage in a fiery fight to remain in the competition. Appearing: singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder.
We Are Risk Takers The songwriters must face the music when they display their artistic chops on the streets of Los Angeles. The challenge comes with a twist that tests the contestants' versatility. Singer-songwriter Bonnie McKee is the guest judge.
Somebody Is Lying A difficult hook-heavy challenge tasks the remaining tunesmiths to be pitch-perfect. That is, they must be persuasive when pitching their music to songwriters Gavin DeGraw and Evan Bogart.
Kiss The Flame The five remaining songsmiths try to get in tune by using one of Jewel's favorite lyrics. Singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat is the guest judge.
Snap, Crackle... Pop! The four still-standing composers must write pop songs. Singer-songwriter Taio Cruz and high-school students then appraise their work.
The Winner Takes It All The final three songwriters try to pen a career-making, chart-topping song???with nary a theme nor parameter restricting them. The episode culminates with the crowning of the winner.