The kids all are all crying on the sofas while Black and Decker ask the judges for parting comments. Randy tells Christina to "keep doing [her] thing," and says he disagrees with the vote. Paula blathers on about how Christina is a lady and handled adversity with grace and dignity and blah blah blah she'll totally buy Christina's record, then adds, "But I hope I get it for free, because I kind of know you." Paula delivers this whole speech to the stage as though Christina is actually up there. And -- what "adversity"? She's been stroked by the judges this whole damned competition. Simon believes that Christina lost out because of his obvious "favoritism" in her direction. Well, I was certainly sick of hearing about it, but I don't vote at all, so don't blame me. Simon thinks America voted wrong and tells R.J. that he got "incredibly lucky."
Since Christina isn't even there to give any final words and sing us out, Black and Decker ask the kids to make some final comments. They're all kind of crying, giving the whole scene this strange funereal vibe, like this is some sort of memoriam. Tamyra tells Christina that they're all on their way to come visit her and presumably comfort her. Justin says that Christina is a beautiful person inside and out. Kelly (Eeeeeee!) says she can't talk because she's crying too much, but manages to spit out that she loves Christina "to death." Nikki says that Christina was really talented and is going to go far. R.J. declares that Christina has become one of his closest dearest friends and that he's also sure she's going to go far. Man, they really make it seem like Christina had a nervous breakdown or something.
Black and Decker encourage the audience to give Christina a round of applause as they end the show, reminding us to tune in again next week. The theme will be "Songs That Nikki McKibbin Can't Sing." See you then!