We get a little video of the contestants doing a show on XM radio, and then Trace Adkins performs his latest hit, "You're Gonna Miss This." What you're not gonna miss is the sock stuffed in this guy's pants. He couldn't close his legs if he tried.
And now it is the moment of truth. We're down to our final two acts. They'll each get to perform, and then learn their fates. That seems needlessly cruel, doesn't it? Big, beautiful Melissa Lawson is up first. John Rich tells her that with help, she can continue to move up. She wants to sing "Natural Woman," and John thinks that if she can put her own twist on it, it could be a homerun song. She sings some of the bust out parts, and he tells her to be careful, because she's not Mariah Carey. It's true, dawg. On stage, she gets a little screamy on the high parts, and still has the crazy eyes, but overall she's pretty awesome. She also looks like she's having a ball up there, and is totally confident. Jewel thinks that America is crazy for putting Melissa in the bottom two, and that she's one of the better singers on the show. She tells her to watch the high notes, which were thin in comparison to Aretha. Jeffrey Steele asks her to rate herself on a scale of 1 - 10. She says that, knowing what she can do, she'd give herself a seven or eight. Jeffrey tells her that he wants her to know that she can do a 10. John Rich thinks that Melissa can get a gig on Broadway no problem, but she looks a bit like she's acting when it comes to being a country singer. She wasn't all-natural for him, and had every move mapped out on stage. Melissa says she can do it, if the fans give her another chance.