The judges too, they're like, "That was a stretch in one way, but not in another." Ellen says back in the '70s she too believed she could fly. Aaron laughs like he knows what the fuck she's talking about, or has heard of the '70s. Kara says eventually it stopped sucking and became like flying in an airplane. (That was actually less lame than what she said, which included lots of sound effects and pretending that she was a plane.) Simon says that Aaron is to be cherished, both for himself and for choosing such a tough song... But in the real world, he would have snapped his radio in two ten seconds in.
Aaron's entire little face crumples, and Simon rushes to say that no, no, he meant that Aaron is so wonderful that it retroactively made the song good and the end was good. Simon Cowell backtracking and eating shit, as I live and breathe. Ryan must be giving Aaron Simon-training lessons because I have never seen Simon this smitten with this kind of candy-coated boychild contestant before.
Aaron admits to Ryan that he first sang that song at a preschool graduation, because was he even born yet when we were in college, and Ryan calls attention to the A. Kelly/R. Kelly resemblance. Yeah, let's tread in those waters, shall we? I kind of hate that he wrote this one song so he gets a forever pass, whereas if he had never believed he could "fly," we would all remember better that he also believed he could "pee on children and film it."
Simon pushes his chair in for Ryan, because they like to make good choices together and never go to bed mad and show each other in little ways so it doesn't die, and we talk about IGB some more. There is a truly gorgeous moment where they're trading lines on the teleprompter and it's so perfectly them that they actually high-five:
Ryan: "All proceeds benefit..."
Ryan: "...Gives Back!"
Ryan's so tickled by that, what it means about them separately and together, that he's all too happy to kick it to the ladies, and lean his head back against Simon's brawny forearms, crossed on the back of the chair. Sigh. That's what I want the rest of my life to look like: That precisely.
Siobhan's very grateful for Alicia's advice and how much she loves her voice, and you can tell just from the package that her "When You Believe" is going to be something special. Or at least try. If anybody could make this song cool, or at least try, it's Siobhan. Especially dressed like a garden fairy working in a circus in an Angela Carter novel, riding a swing high above the bigtop crowd, kicking those beribboned roman-sandal calves. Performance-wise, she's back to where she's been the past few weeks, and rescues the nasal flat notes with a couple of gorgeous things at the end, but it's still a bit "Inspiring Songs" for me, all told. I feel like we went to summer camp together and promised to keep in touch and now years later neither of us can remember who finally let it slide.