Steven gushes about how perfect it was, and gives Nigel a shout-out for picking the song. Jennifer agrees that it was a good song for the two of them, comparing it to a duet by Adam Levine and Usher. Which allows Phil to claim that he's the Usher of the two of them (oh, ush, Phil). Randy talks funny while saying it was amazing. Ryan agrees with Randy, "But when I look at you, I just want to buy an ice cream." Josh says Phil was making him laugh the whole time... just by being Phil, I guess. If only it were that easy for all of us. But then after the ads, they mimic each other mercilessly backstage in a way that actually is kind of funny. For a moment I don't miss Heejun as much.
At least we're getting all the pointless duets out of the way at once (I hope). Jessica and Hollie duet on the Bangles' "Eternal Flame" while swaying to and fro on silk swings like Cirque du Soleil rookies. Somehow they each sound good, but not so much when they sing together. Probably not a duet album in their future.
Randy says it was "a little strange," and while he's talking about registers, Phil and Josh come out and steal the swings in the background during the judges' feedback. Someone in the control booth seems to be on their side, because there's a follow-spot on each of them, oscillating gently. Jennifer comes to the girls' hearty defense by saying, "It wasn't as bad as all that," and Steven says that they just didn't sing it like the guys did, "that's all." Which is the most correct thing Steven's ever said, in his implication that it just doesn't matter. He also makes a lame joke about swingers that Ryan claims to be unable to explain given the audience, but I'd go with unwilling.
Now there's plenty of time for a senseless plug of the new movie Rock of Ages, in which Tom Cruise plays a legendary rock star. I know, right? Director Adam Shankman is in the audience with cast member Julianne Hough. We get to see a whole segment of Shankman showing up at the Idol mansion and getting a tour from the top four. Adam kisses a poster of Jennifer for being in his first movie, The Wedding Planner (somebody certainly owes somebody over that one), and sits them down in the screening room so they can watch a trailer of Rock of Ages, which I already can't wait to miss. Not least because Tom Cruise seems to be singing in his own voice. But the finalists tell the needy director that they can't wait to see it. His visit's over, but the crass cross-promotion isn't. Ryan goes out to the audience to let Shankman blather even more about the movie, and then gives the microphone to his girlfriend Julianne so he can ask her a question that he says has been on his mind for a while. He reaches into pocket and... hands her a note that he wants her to give to Tom Cruise for him. Oh, Ryan, you scamp. Someone should tell him that girlfriends generally don't like being faked out as much as the finalists do.