Tonight is 'Movie Night', which will see contestants take on tracks featured in popular films. Will the usual favourites continue to shine or will a new star emerge? Stay with Digital Spy throughout the broadcast to find out!
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21:57 And that's it for tonight's performances. Who will fall into the bottom two tomorrow and who will ultimately go home? Tune in tomorrow night to find out!
LA is wowed, admitting that he was previously unsure whether or not she could win the $5 million but has been convinced after tonight's performance. Nicole doesn't know Rachel gets all her soul but thinks that it was an "amazing" performance.
Paula loves her, gushing that she can't get enough of watching her and calling it her favourite performance yet. Simon says that he adores her and trusts her as an artist, comparing her to Beyoncé and saying that she's "back in the game"... when was she out of it?
Nicole loves that he "is up there channeling"... God knows what. She also then clarifies one of his lyrics and tries to rap with him. Paula applauds him for his honesty and passion on stage and leaves it at that.
Simon welcomes back the Chris that they all saw something special in during the initial audition and says that he has the potential to become a big star. LA doesn't have much to say. but is proud of Chris. "It was a long road home, but we got there!" he adds. Methinks it's a bit early for that, since isn't "home" about winning the competition? Oh well, good for Chris.
LA calls it "really strong" and says that Josh is one of his favourite voices in the competition. Paula finds his voice comforting it, dubbing it "chicken soup for the soul". Simon also loves the song choice, but says that he was like Dracula on stage and urges him to start singing without a mix.
Nicole thinks that he's so ready for a $5 million recording contract, which I agree with (as I said above). She adds to Simon: "Don't hate, appreciate." I heard that.
LA is glad that they came back this week and did a "great job" after falling into the bottom two last week but he can't praise it too much because he doesn't know the song... which seems a little odd for a record mogul, but whatever. Nicole can only say "bananas", dubbing it her favourite performance by the group to date.
Simon has a problem with the fact that they don't perform songs that represents the type of records that they would make, calling them "cabaret". However, he appreciates their choreography and work ethic. Paula disagrees, of course, saying that it was a perfect song choice and applauding their hard work.
LA thinks it was "really good", telling her that she's a "great singer", but admitting that it wasn't that inventive because it was predictably strong. He wants to see more range with her song choices, which is fair enough. Nicole disagrees, however, applauding Simon for the choice and saying that "the whole world needs" it. "Her voice is a vessel of the light that this song was creative from," she adds through a haze of invisible smoke.
Paula thinks that she could sing the phonebook and that it doesn't matter what she sings, while Simon dubs it "bloody fantastic" - pointing out that it's a British expression. Because Americans wouldn't get that otherwise. "You did amazing. Congratulations!" he adds.
Nicole is in awe of his performance, which was "so heavy", claiming that it's what separates the amateurs from the contenders. "Honey, you are a champion tonight!" she adds. Paula agrees, telling him that he has the ability to transcend and that his level of focus is what makes a star.
Simon is irritated to have to admit that LA is the "cat that's got the cream" since he gets to mentor Astro. He appreciates the teen's work ethic and creativity, adding that he's a great role model and definitely has the X factor. LA is particularly proud that Astro has the audacity to re-write an Eminem song and actually do well with it.
LA is glad that they took his advice and decided to go in the country direction, calling them his "favourite girl group in the competition". Heh. Nicole says that she would be super popular if she took them back to her homestate of Kentucky. She praises them for being "effortless" and blending together so well.
Simon thinks that it was a definite improvement over last week's 'horror show", admitting that they've finally become the group he always hoped that they would become. Paula is "so proud" of them but has nothing to say, so she just stands and applauds and then says something about "seeing them all over Pepsi". Don't ask.
LA says that his song choices in past weeks have been "questionable" and admits that he was "getting bored" with LeRoy, but thinks that he turned things around this week. Paula agrees, praising Nicole for mentoring him in a way that has allowed him to grow.
Simon says that he is "used to working with older people". Isn't that nice? He loves that LeRoy, who is almost 60, came out "sounding like a 20-year-old", dubbing it "classy" and his best performance by a mile. Nicole thinks that he is "just great", confusing everyone as she says that she felt like she was at a rock concert but went to church at the same time.
LA thinks it was "really good" but admits that he couldn't tell the difference between any of her performances as they were all the same. I feel that. Nicole says that she is "brilliant beyond [her] years" and praises her for taking her time on stage and being a "little slice of heaven". Oh, Nicole. I'll have some of what you're having.
Paula appreciates that she always gives an honest performance and thinks that the song sits within Drew's vocal range but criticises her outfit choice - which incidentally, Drew designed herself. Oops. Simon loves working with her as she's always aiming to improve and says that the song choice is the exact kind of record she would make.
Nicole has two words for him, "mad chick". I don't know what that means, but she loves it because he enjoys and feels every single word and dubs him a superstar in every sense. Paula says that everything about him resonates star quality, from his voice and look to his "poise and delivery".
Simon is glad that he's finally singing songs that he would in the "real world", claiming that it was 1,000% better than last week. However, he criticises Marcus's outfit and advises him to dress himself going forward. LA disagrees, of course, insisting that he looks and sounds great. He then alludes to some weird "artist crystal ball" in which Marcus is a star.
LA admits that he didn't want to like it as he doesn't approve of the track but thinks that she did much better with it than he expected. Paula calls her a diva, saying that every time she sings it's like she's singing for her life. However, she also doesn't like the song, though she does think that Stacy managed to deliver.
Simon tells her that she looks "cute" but says that it's a dress she would wear "somewhere else"... likening her to a lady of the night? (No pun intended.) Anyway, he wants her to start proving that she's a $5 million recording artist and should step her game up. Nicole is, of course, partial, applauding her efforts and telling her how nice she looks. Who doesn't dream of looking great... in a singing competition?
20:05 We get to see a video recap of the finalists attending the premiere of Jack and Jill last week, that awful Adam Sandler movie in which he plays his own twin. They're all super excited to be there and freak out, with Drew Ryniewicz claiming that Sandler is her favourite actor. Uh, okay. Everyone seems to have had a good time, though, so I guess that's what matters.
20:00 And we're off! Can't wait to see what everyone is singing tonight. Not sure who the announcer is, by the way, but I have to say he doesn't have much of a voice for it.