James clearly isn’t expecting bad news, as he’s very complimentary of Britney and seems in high spirits while she lists his good qualities. But Britney has made her decision, and James is going home. He is crestfallen. James sits in the losers’ waiting area, and the only consolation he gets is a pat on the knee from his father, while a producer asks Britney if she’s ok. WTF? That broad is fine. She is on a cocktail of anti anxiety meds, and is still collecting a check after all is said and done. This little kid is gonna hate himself for the rest of his life! Give him a hug, you fuckfaces!
The final 2 are Beatrice Miller and Reed Demming and I’m sad it’s come down to the 2 of them. I love me some Beatrice, and Reed is just soooooo cool. I think Beatrice needs this more than Reed does, though; she’d broken by not getting through, whereas Reed seems mature enough to handle the disappointment.
Britney tells Reed that he had a great performance, and that he has confidence and the ability to draw an audience in. On the downside, she feels he has a lack of vocal training. Ahahahahahahahahaahhahahaa. Britney Spears just told someone he lacks vocal training. Ahahahahhaahahahahaha. Good. Now there are tears in my eyes, but not because I’m sad.
I traded in my sense of irony for Xanax. I’m fine with it.
Cut to Britney’s discussion with Beatrice. Britney tells her that she’s talented, but that her nerves and anxiety get the best of her sometimes. After some cutting back and forth to tense shots of the two kids, Britney tells Reed that he’s going home. Le sigh. But Reed handles it very well, as I expected. He says it sucks to go home, but that he respects Britney’s decisions, and he’s happy for the other contestants. Beatrice is ecstatic, of course, and joins the other 3 in the winners’ lounge.
Enjoy it for now, kiddies. This is the last time any of you will know joy.
Britney walks into the winners’ waiting area and gives them a pep talk. Their parents come in to congratulate them, and yay Teens!
After a commercial break, we move to Beverly Hills, where LA Reid is going to narrow down his category of 6 old people he’s disgusted by to 4 old people he’s disgusted by.
The first to learn of his fate is David Correy, president of the kids with abandonment issues club. I would be really worried for him and his ability to handle rejection if I weren’t convinced that the first contestant in each category receives a yes. LA tells David that he’s not sure that David could be a successful artist in the pop landscape, and… David is through to the live shows. David promises his birth mother that he’s gonna keep singing until they reunite. I’m not sure if I’m more confused by David’s weird belief that singing can unseal adoption records or by the producers’ pursuit of this angle. It’s not at all endearing.