The presssure isn't lost on the remaining hopefuls, either - Michael and Blake reflect on their friendship, realising that while they have formed a close bond throughout the competition, their dreams must come first. But there's not too much time for reflection - Robert's here to reveal this week's theme: theatricality.
There's a fine line between keeping things real and heightening it, Robert says, before telling them about this week's homework assignment. They'll be learning 'I Hope I Get It' from Broadway's A Chorus Line, and they'll need to work out all the specifics on their own. Uh oh!
The Homework Assignment
Today's guest judge is... Grant Gustin! The group is excited to see him, high-fiving one another before going on to give it their all with their rendition of 'I Hope I Get It'.
Grant singles Michael out first, saying that while his voice is fantastic, he needs to make sure he's always feeling confident. Nellie gets the same note, with Grant saying that she seems unsure of what she's doing and should just jump from the edge of the proverbial cliff.
On the other hand, he loves Ali and thinks she's a natural, while he also finds Lily funny and "spectacular". Still, there can only be one winner, and it's Ali - well done! She's overjoyed at having won as it's her first homework assignment victory, plus she gets a one-on-one mentoring session with Grant.
He then reveals that for the music video this week, the group is singing 'When I Grow Up' by The Pussycat Dolls, and the theme of the video is a little wacky, to say the least. In the clip, each of the contestants will portray grocery store clerks fantasizing about becoming musical icons.
Each of the contestants is given their star. Michael will be Elvis, Ailyn will be Madonna, Abraham will be David Bowie and Blake is taking on Boy George. Meanwhile, Lily is assigned Cyndi Lauper, Ali gets to be Katy Perry, Shanna is Lady GaGa and Nellie is Britney Spears. Mostly everyone is overjoyed with their roles, though Nellie is a little confused about why she's been given the 'Toxic' singer.
In choreography, Zach encourages the competitors to take on the moves as best they can, as it's better that they try and fail rather than going through things "like a zombie".
Vocals with Nikki
Nikki is looking for people who can convey the meaning of the lyric rather than singers who can just hit the notes this week. Michael's in the booth first, and he reveals that he took her earlier advice of not practicing before coming in so that he didn't get too much in his own head. However, he's not quite getting there and seems to struggle hitting all of the notes.
Abraham and Nikki have a moment of tension when she questions whether he would consider himself to be androgynous when he performs like David Bowie, who he'll be impersonating in the video shoot. His session doesn't go too well, either.
The music video shoot
While getting fitted for his costume, Abraham admits that he was "thrown off" by Nikki's question about being androgynous, though he realises he will need to embrace it to properly tap into David Bowie. Shanna is also enjoying her role as she's fitted with a replica of Lady GaGa's famous meat dress.
Blake decides to go for an alternate approach to Boy George and insists that he doesn't want to portray a stereotypical gay male. His efforts do not go unnoticed - Robert notices how hard he's trying to take a different route and appreciates the thought Blake's put into it.
Ali, who won the homework assignment, got a lot of great advice from Grant. During their session, she admitted that she's slightly intimidated by taking on pop music rather than music theatre numbers, but he tells her not to be overwhelmed or to lose her connection to the music. Apparently it sinks in, as Robert proclaims it to be "her week".
Michael's also deemed "incredible" as he's able to shoot all of his parts in one take. Aylin does well, though Nellie struggles a bit more as she's still feeling uncomfortable and is unsure how to "act like Britney Spears". Robert and Zach realise that she's just not giving it her all, so it may not bode well for her.
Lily also doesn't do as well as she hoped, as while she's having fun, she's not particularly embodying Cyndi Lauper. Shanna, five hours into the shoot at this point, is also having a bit of a problem with her rapidly decaying meat dress, but she manages to pull it together and make the best of the situation - she's a good sport.
Who's safe... and who's not?
Robert, Nikki and Zach are on hand to reveal who's going through and who may be headed home. Ali's really "owned it" this week and is first on the callback list. Shanna, Blake and Aylin also did a great job this week and are all called back.
However, it's not such good news for Michael, Nellie, Abraham and Lily. Michael is singled out for lacking confidence and also for taking Nikki's note of not preparing too much just one step too far. Meanwhile, for Nellie, she still hasn't thrown herself into things and it feels like they've been asking her to stay rather than her fighting to keep her place on the show.
As for Abraham, Nikki is surprised that it took him so long to get to where he needed to be. He admits that he was a little upset by her question about being androgynous since he was bullied for being feminine while growing up, though she insists that it's certainly not a bad thing. For Lily, her lack of character when playing Cyndi Lauper is pinpointed, a note which she accepts.
But who will be doing the last chance performances for Ryan tonight? It's Nellie, Lily and Abraham! Nellie will be singing 'I'm the Only One' by Melissa Etheridge, Abraham will do 'Stereo Hearts' by Gym Class Heroes and Lily is taking on Adele's 'Someone Like You' - something she's a little too overjoyed about.
Following the performances, Robert announces what we all know: the callback list is up and it's time for the bottom three to learn their fate. After the long, dreaded walk to the list, it's revealed that Nellie's the one going home.
"I'm walking away with a new sense of pride in what I do and what I can do. I'm ready to be confident with what I am," she says following her exit. "I've grown to be best friends with so many people in the house. I don't want to go home but I'm still glad for the experience."