Judges' comments. Randy says that Christina started off shaky but ended well. He thinks it was a good song choice for her. Paula says that it was one of her favorite songs. Oh, I think I get it. If Paula likes the song to begin with, then it's a "good song choice." If she never liked the song, it's a "bad song choice." She seems to think that Christina "commanded" the band, when it sounded to me that she was fighting to keep up with them. Simon says he thinks Christina is improving week after week, then adds that he's unhappy to discover that Christina has a fiancé. I feel so awful for Christina. Well, I guess I'm operating on the assumption that Simon's comments make her uncomfortable, though that may not be the case. But if it is, what do you do? Say something in public and make the guy you want to manage your career look bad? Not say anything, tacitly allowing the behavior to continue? Ideally, she probably should have said something to him behind the scenes about his unprofessional behavior, but she may not have been experienced enough to know how to handle this. Or possibly it doesn't bother her at all. I wonder what Christina's fiancé thinks about Simon's behavior. Paula snarks that Simon wouldn't stand a chance anyway.
Christina heads up to Black and Decker, who point out how good she looks. They ask her what it was like performing with a band. I love how they act like this is some sort of strange, wild twist on musical performances. A band! Crazy! She loved it. They ask her if Simon would stand a chance if Christina weren't engaged. There's a quick cut to some guy in the audience who isn't identified. Fiancé? Who knows? Christina wisely refuses to answer that sort of question. Blah blah blah votecakes.
Commercials. Brian annoys as he introduces a clip show of people waiting in line a really long time at the [Product-Placed Camera] Theater to get tickets for the final performances. People wait. They declare their love for certain finalists. A handful of pretty young people wave their tickets around in glee. They were probably handpicked to attend by the producers just to make sure there were plenty of pretty people in the audience. Brian explains that they sold out of tickets in two hours, but informs (or warns) us all that the show will going "on tour" across the country in the upcoming weeks. As long as Black and Decker aren't part of it, great.