Next we are treated to a performance by Danity Kane. I have to confess that I really don't understand who these women are. I mean, I've heard the name, but I just don't comprehend. They seem kind of like the Pussycat Dolls, except maybe more than one of them can actually sing. Well, "sing." And no one looks like a complete tranny. Still, it is a bit of an ear-bleeding experience.
With four contestants left, we learn that Shawn Mayer is safe and performing the N'Sync classic "Bye Bye Bye." John Rich rolls his eyes about the fact that Shawn has once again picked a risky song. It's a ballsy choice, and she's a ballsy girl. He likes that about her, but is also nervous about her prospects. In her performance, Shawn plays her guitar for a hot second, then does a little two step with the weird backup dancers. I can't help but admire her pluck just a bit. The performance was good, too. She starts crying afterwards, of happiness. Jewel tells her that she pulled off the dancing, and she made the song country. She's also glad that Shawn wasn't as sad as usual tonight. Jeffrey didn't think it was very country, and also notes that it was a little too ambitious. He wants to see the real Shawn, and thinks it's going to be bye, bye, bye for her. He couldn't WAIT to use that line. John Rich says that the most country and most American thing about Shawn is that she's not scared of anything. He doesn't think her performance was perfect, but she gets credit for taking chances. If she can get better each week, she has a chance of doing something great. The "if she can get better" part is key. Jewel adds that she hopes America keeps Shawn around until the original songs week. I bet she has written some good tunes.
So, it's now time to learn if Melissa or Justin will be joining Tommy in the bottom two. It's Justin. I mean, thank God. Oooh! And Melissa, who is safe, will be performing "True Colors." That song is the greatest. John Rich tells us that Melissa can sing for real, but that she can also fall flat on her face. Melissa's having a hard time being away from her family, but is prepared to focus on the competition and give a 10 instead of a 7.5. Her performance is pretty awesome, in large part because she's opted not to scream the whole time. When she uses some restraint, she has a voice that's gorgeous and powerful and really pleasant to listen to. Girl has hit her stride. The one weird thing is that she doesn't sing the "like a rainbow" at the end. I hope this isn't because country music hates the gays! But it probably is. The gays have tried to reciprocate, but ultimately are suckers for a good line dance. Melissa gets a huge standing ovation. Jewel says that she's heard people some people wonder 1) if Melissa is a great singer; 2) if Melissa is a country singer. Jewel tells her that she's a great country singer. Jeffrey Steele wants to know what happened to Melissa. What he means is that she looks like she lost 40 pounds. Apparently, she's actually lost 67. While we're talking about numbers, Jeffrey tells her that her performance was a 10. John Rich thinks that Melissa is a great artist in addition to being a great singer. She is happy as a clam -- a skinnier clam! Who is beautiful like a rainbow. Suck it, gay haters.