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.