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We move to the contestants’ waiting area, where a hyper competitive Nick is talking tough and psyching out CeCe and Jillian. He’s actually kind of a douchebag, but you knew that already. Jillian has her pre-performance sit down with Demi and Nick, who tell her she needs to be mindful of her John Mayer O face while she sings. Jillian is appreciative of Demi’s bluntness, and starts her performance of Sara Bareilles’s “Gravity.” Jillian sounds pretty, and she’s obviously working really hard, but I’m just not feeling her. But, what do I know? Nick Jonas digs her. He remarks that Jillian’s passion is “sexy” and I’m positive all the kids who bullied her 2 weeks ago are kicking themselves. Nothing like having the dude whose posters your bully massages her down there place to call you sexy on national TV. Props.
Next up is douchey Nick Youngerman, who rap-sings Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok.” And I. Don’t. Get. It. Is this real? Am I supposed to like this shit? Passing this kid through was such a bad idea, Simon. Passing any rappers through makes no sense in a competition like this one. After all, isn’t the most important part of rapping that you’re crafting lyrics yourself? Sure, flow and delivery account for a lot, but the real skill is in demonstrating how good a wordsmith you are. If Nick and the other rappers on the show are gonna do shitty hip hop covers of shitty pop songs, they’re pretty much just glorified Bar Mitzvah DJs taking up someone else’s spot. Anyway, Nick Youngerman thinks he killed it. Nick Jonas says he enjoyed the performance, and Demi comments that she isn’t sure if she loved or was annoyed by the performance. Demi, girl, you hated it. I know you don’t want to piss the producers off by saying they made a dumb choice, but they did. I know what’s in your heart, girl, and I’ll say it for you. That shit was terrible.
Next up is Paige Thomas. I really dig this girl. She’s beautiful, and sweet, and I’m really rooting for her. She’s a crier, which I normally wouldn’t have the patience for, but she seems to be crying because she’s really passionate, and not just for camera time. I love that. What I don’t love is this gawdawful outfit.
Paige sings an interestingly arranged version of Chris Brown’s “Turn Up the Music.” Paige is clearly a talented woman, but this performance was underwhelming. She seemed nervous, or at least a little uncomfortable. Demi comments that Paige was amazing in her first audition, but that she seems to be cracking under the pressure of the competition. Paige interviews tearfully that she is nervous and scared, but prays that her performance was enough to make the next cut.