Rashida Johnson laughs about her anxiety, play-whining "I want my mommy so bad!" We talk about how she was sick, some more, and then see her sing that awesome rendition of "Baby Come To Me" from Day One, riffing all around the backup voices and sounding just amazing. I've said it before, but she's so great, because she's a creative, intelligent singer. She has a standard of what's played out in terms of trite phrasing, what's expected in those runs and ad-libs, and she does not go beneath it. (Janay Castine, take heed, please.) She sings "Overjoyed," and again misses out due to the comparison with her prior Sexy Phlegm voice, but she is still a really good singer, and incredibly interesting and enjoyable to listen to, because she'll surprise you.
Sean McNeill and his gorgeous smile and that whole thing, how he was the first person and he stole our hearts singing "Isn't She Lovely," back in DC. I was so much younger then, y'all. Flashback-within-the-flashback about how Simon said, "Voice no, personality yes," which is a bummer because I like his voice. But I like the him of him a whole lot more, so maybe Simon's right. Tonight, he sings "Your Song," which is like a personal favor to me, as far as I'm concerned. I love that song. I feel free to tell everybody it's my song, actually. It's very nice, but his voice changes completely for the "hope you don't mind" power part, and not in a good way -- it sounds like he's compensating or going for loudness over control, and actually he's not, but it's not a strong way to go out. In the room of doom, he looks very sleepy. It's cute.
Ryan tells us again about the four rooms, just in case we're too nervous to remember the basics. Simon is gone on a personal matter -- I vaguely remember seeing other seasons with these rooms, and isn't he always absent for this part? Who would want him there for that part anyway, though. I mean, he'd be a dick to the losers, a dick to the winners, and affect complete disinterest either way, and he would do this four times. And he'd steal focus from Paula, and this is kind of her show each year. Especially this year, dude. Dumbly.
So now Paula and Randy are here in Room One and they're totally going to blow your mind with their decision, because you already know this room is out, because it is obvious, because the rooms are: Probably No, Obviously Yes, Absolutely No, and Basket Cases. I'll tell you that right now. So we're knocking out the least dramatic room right away. Everyone in this room commences looking simply hellish. Well, Paula actually looks really cute, she's wearing a little barrette and a white collared shirt with cuffs under a black vest that's kind of like a bustier. It's cute. She looks like a doctor of Vibeology or something. (Paula Abdul, V.D.) She looks like she should have a monocle -- you know, just for fun. So there's silence, but not too terribly long, and then Randy sends them all home.