Janelle Arthur is next, and she recalls being dinged for her song choice last week and being one of the two people hoping for the last spot on this round. She drawls about that having put the fear of God into her and promises to pick the right song tonight while still being herself. Which explains why she's got the twang cranked up to eleven for the country waltz she's performing. Like a lot of the other singers so far tonight, she coasts a bit up until the big ending, when she works the mic like a pro to control her volume on the louder note.
Keith's comments are so brief I miss them, and Nicki gushes about how Janelle is her little marshmallow. "Best vocal of the night so far," she adds, more relevantly. Randy's says he's glad she's being herself, because they like her and the throwback quality in her voice. Mariah calls her "America's Sweetheart," and says that's a nice thing to be. Seems like it would be a little creepy, if you really think about it. You'd be getting calls from six different time zones. Ryan comes out and comments on the irony of an aerobics instructor being called a marshmallow and makes a terrible s'mores pun during her voting instructions. I could have done without that, but to Ryan it was probably the high point of the show.
After the ads, Randy gets delivered a plate of crab legs at the judges' table courtesy of Siegfried and Roy, who are apparently watching. Before getting to sing, Tenna Torres recalls Nicki's feedback about her hair last week, and then appears onstage with a sleeker look than before. She's doing "Lost" by Faith Hill as a power ballad, fumbling a bit with the notes in the chorus if I'm being honest. Keith says she did a great job but warns her not to get distracted by the camera while she's trying to stay in the emotional space of the song. Nicki compliments Tenna's hair and boobs, telling Randy to shut up and stop acting like a "goody two-shoes," when I think she means "middle-schooler." Nicki appreciates the professionalism of her singing. I'm glad someone's being professional around here, speaking of which Randy has to guffaw a little bit about Nicki's shocking inappropriateness before actually moving on to pretty much echoing what Keith and Nicki said, adding that Tenna didn't oversing it. "Nicely said," Mariah lies, going on to compliment how consistent Tenna is and how full her voice is. Ryan comes out and makes another ill-advised joke, saying Mariah and Nicki both liked her fullness. Har har.