After the ads, we see all of the other finalists gathered around Hollie and Elise at center stage until stick-in-the-mud Ryan shoos the top four back to the couches and dims the lights. This one might actually be a squeaker, but finally, Ryan reveals that Elise is leaving and Hollie is safe. The reaction in the studio to this is pretty muted. Elise tells Ryan to tell everyone the good news, but first there's the farewell clip of Elise's greatest hits, including the webcam shout-out from Jason Segel that seems to be the highlight of her time on the show. But then, after it's over, Ryan reminds Elise that Stevie Nicks offered to hire her. And then he plugs the next show coming on, mistakenly calling it "Touched," and finally lets Elise sing us out with "Whole Lotta Love." I guess that last part was the good news Elise was talking about.
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