Before the break, we've got the list of the last group of semifinalists: Corey Clark (yaaaaaaaaugh!), Ashley Harman, Chip Days, Nasheka, Joshua Gracin, Sylvia Chibiliti, Patrick Lake, and not Frenchie Davis. Actually, it's Juanita Barber, the girl who fell to the floor melodramatically when she was cut, who is replacing our ejected semifinalist. You can clearly hear how they had to edit in Ryan reading the new name instead of Frenchie's.
Commercials. I just want to say that I've managed to watch television for the past two weeks without actually viewing any of the seventy-five Michael Jackson interview specials. I'm not even sure how I managed it.
When we return, Ryan pimps the bad audition special again. Then he reveals the results of the poll. Simon won. What a surprise. Randy got the fewest votes. Randy and Paula tease Simon by repeating his "America got it wrong" comment from last week, when people said he sucks. America thinks Simon sucks, but we agree with him. America has esteem problems.
Who gets the second spot? It's Rickey. He actually got the highest number of votes last night, which scares me for a number of reasons. How many people actually saw The Nutty Professor? He does more Eddie Murphy hamming until Ryan prods him to sing. The way Ryan talks to Rickey here has been the subject of discussion on the forums. I think Ryan does talk to Rickey as though he's a little bit learning-disabled, but Rickey, to me, doesn't act any different from the other contestants, so I'm not going to draw any conclusions. Rickey sings us out with another rendition of "One Last Cry." Ryan pulls all the other kids and the families up onto the Seal to say goodbye.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go stuff cotton balls in my ears so that I can recap an hour of awful auditions. I hate this show.