After the ads, the judges remember that maybe they should start eliminating people, so it's bad timing for Last Minute. When they come out, one of them smarmily dedicates it to Mariah and Nicki. Which, when they start singing, they probably regret. In fact, they come apart so hard that at some point the Idol band just straight-up drops out on them. You can almost hear them looking at each other and using that magical, nonverbal, telepathic communication that exists between musicians with years of experience playing together to say as one, fuck this. Keith is moved to coin the word "wrongest," Nicki declares them all equally bad, and they get the axe en masse. And deservedly so. In fact, none of you come back next year, or indeed ever again.
Ryan tells us that in this atmosphere, the next group is the only one attempting an a capella performance today. During rehearsals, they asked their vocal coach what she thought of this plan, and her answer was basically what you say when it's too late to correct a huge mistake. Indeed, after their performance, Keith takes them to task for forgoing the "rockin' band," but two Devins and an Adrian make it through anyway. Tough break, Other Guy. Or, since I suspect he was the one who pitched the a capella idea in the first place, totally predictable break.
Up next: Mo Flow, including Burnell Taylor. He would be the former Katrina refugee who moved Mariah to tears at the Baton Rouge auditions. Alas, he moved his group's vocal coach to annoyance at his tiredness during group rehearsals. And in Mo Flow's group performance, he turns out to be the weak link. But he's one of two in the group who get to move on. Moving Mariah Carey to tears earns you some slack, apparently. Good to know.
Super 55, the group that Lazaro ended up in, spent the night helping him learn a Beach Boys song, "Wouldn't It Be Nice," and one of the other guys in the group complains that Lazaro is holding them back. But then he's not the only one who messes up the lyrics anyway (nice one, Scott Fleenor). After they're done, Mariah gently quizzes them to tease out their understanding of the various issues they encountered, which I think they pretty well grok. And it turns out that Lazaro (and someone named Christian Lopez) stay in it, while Scott and the kid who spent all this time bitching about Lazaro get the boot. And then the latter kid has the nerve to weep bitter tears to the interview camera about how unfair it is that he "helped out this person that ended up taking the spot that I wanted." Then he "congratulates" Lazaro by talking about all the time the group spent perfecting Lazaro's performance. Way to keep it classy, guy whose name isn't worth my time to check.