After a montage of Mariah fans, we zero in on one named Ieisha Cotton who claims to be a professional dancer. Which is how she begins her audition, by dancing poorly where most contestants are usually singing poorly. Ieisha offers to sing "Thank You" by Ashanti, and wow, now that I'm hearing her sing, I realize that she's not that bad a dancer after all. Compared to her singing she's dancing genius. Mariah tells her to stick with the dancing, Randy diagnoses her with tone-deafness, and Mariah somehow trips herself up into saying yes before correcting her answer to no, which wasn't really necessary because everyone else said no anyway as we all knew they would.
Pretty boy Johnny Keyser from last year is back, but the loosey-goosey version of "Try a Little Tenderness" he treats us to would seem to indicate that he's not exactly been spending the past year practicing non-stop. Or sleeping, going by the close-ups of him. Keith and Randy both give him some positive feedback before Mariah and Nicki start talking over each other over which of them gets to judge first. Mariah also likes him, Nicki likes him enough to dub him Johnny Five, which is coincidentally the nickname of one of my current bandmates (and no, I'm not going to tell you what mine is because a) it's embarrassing, and b) you wouldn't believe me anyway). Nicki polls the judges, and Johnny's got four yeses. So we'll get to see him quietly vanish from the Hollywood round again, looks like.