We learn next that Shawn Mayer is safe. She'll be singing "The First Cut Is the Deepest." Oof. In the mentoring video, we see Shawn breaking down backstage after John Rich told her on-air last week that she wasn't competitive enough to take it to the top. She's sick of coming into mentoring sessions and being told that she sucks. John Rich's response: "Do ya want me to lie to ya?" Man, he is really harsh. She doesn't think that he's working as her mentor, and thus fires him. She calls Jeff, and he agrees to be her mentor. Her performance seems okay. I hate this song so much that it's really hard to be objective. Jewel tells Shawn that it takes a lot of guts to fire John Rich, and says that she told John from the beginning to be gentle with her. And then I think Jewel actually says that she's worked with a lot of talented people, and John is really talented, but that she -- she being Jewel, herself -- wasn't a good match for him. Innnnteresting! She congratulates Shawn for sticking up for herself. John congratulates her for sticking up for herself, too, but thinks the song was still a five out of ten. Jeffrey tells Shawn to keep her tears backstage, and/or to put them into the song. He's proud of her, but she has a long way to go.
And then, surprise! The next safe contestant is Cof-FAY, which means that Pearl Heart and Ashlee are up for elimination. Coffey is so terrible! It's moments like these that convince me that next January we'll be welcoming President McCain to the White House. In the mentoring video, Jewel and Coffey work on taking things to the next level. He's ready to go out and sing his best and let America decide. He sings "Proud Mary." It actually sounds a lot better than his songs of weeks past, but he really cheeses it up by knocking over his mic stand and jumping into the crowd. Jeffrey says that there's a lot of hype coming from those pipes. Coffey stepped it up, he says, but has a long way to go. John Rich thinks that Coffey's stage antics are made to distract from some lackluster singing. He thinks that Coffey is a likable and talented guy, but he's still not buying it. Jewel notes that America disagrees with John Rich. She still thinks that Coffey needs to do a ballad. Billy Ray throws us to commercial by saying that if Tina Turner is watching tonight, she's smiling at Coffey's performance. If Tina Turner is watching tonight, I in fact bet she's wishing that her advanced age came with some temporary hearing impairment.