After night falls, we meet a Sikh named Gurpreet Singh Sarin, who apparently coordinates his turbans with his outfits (lavender today). He claims to have the nickname "The Turbanator," which is all the encouragement the editors need to cast Gurpreet in a half-assed fake movie-trailer bit. His voice turns out to be in the jazzy, laid-back Jason Mraz mold. Randy asks him to sing some Indian stuff too, because the dude's wearing a turban, after all. Nicki and Keith think his voice is a little light, but Mariah and Randy give him a yes. Keith isn't persuaded, so it's up to Nicki. Desperate to close the deal, Gurpreet claims to own a turban that's the same marigold color that Nicki's hair is today and that seems to clinch it. He celebrates while the editors make his turban change colors. And then he comes out of the room producing the golden ticket from where he stashed it in his turban. The man knows what his hook is.
Let's wrap up tonight with Ashley Feliciano, who's here with a rather large, demographically diverse family. Apparently her parents are serial adopters, and she gives a tearful interview about how much she loves her parents. I think she's just lonely with nobody else in the room, but only a camera and sound crew. She sings "Put Your Records On" for the judges and does fine without blowing anyone away, much like the original artist. Nicki is inspired, Mariah calls it "nice," Keith compliments her "nasal tone" and Randy asks for the whole family to be brought in. Enter the support system, which looks like a smaller group in this bigger room. In their living room, they seemed a lot more like several dozen. Ryan joins them and stands next to Ashley and the family while she gets her unanimous yes vote. Oh, and I was wrong, Nicki says Ashley blew her away. As Ryan tells us that 41 New Yorkers are proceeding to Hollywood, the judges do a post-mortem about how well it all went. For them. Because it's all about the judges.
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