On stage, the feedback is positive for Lily and Ali, who they tell, "your acting has gotten really, really good." No! But I guess she's acting a lot like Lea Michele, which is completely unnatural in every way, so it works for the show. As always, Michael is made of stone. Blake was bad in the studio, and Nikki keeps referring to "the crack in Blake's armor." I mean, we would love to see a crack in his armor, if it meant that he had to take said armor off, maybe polish it up a little bit over some hot coals, maybe fetch us some water from a bucket before he gets back to blacksmithing...
Once I recovered from the vapors I just gave myself, it appeared that Shanna, Aylin, and Blake will be performing for Ryan Murphy. Shanna is shocked; I am shocked. Michael exits quietly, stage left.
Blake is assigned "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M., Aylin gets "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack. Shanna is jealous of Aylin's assignment, and gets a second and third hit to the gut when she discovers Aylin doesn't even know that amazing song, and then again when she is assigned "Stronger" by Kelly Clarkson, which is not a great song to show off someone's vocals. Ever.
Poor Shanna, all she's suffered from this week is bad partnering. And then she's stuck with the worst Kelly Clarkson song? I know, I know, life's not fair.
I am very relieved to see that Ryan Murphy is wearing hats again. He also didn't see from the video why the bottom three were there, which just goes to show what an ace he is at directing/knowing good from bad.
I went from being annoyed with Zach Woodlee to really liking him. He is just so in love with every single contestant, always. They could fart on stage and he would be thrilled. He loved Aylin, who forgot the words and performed very, very briefly. Ryan doesn't care about Aylin as an individual, but loves that she's a Muslim, for the show.