The Supernovices in particular look horrified as Phil and Zayra hug. "Zayrita, sit down," Jason says. Master of Puppets, indeed. He has a lot more pull in this band than I thought. Zayra joins the Nut Gallery, not looking any happier to be back than they are to see her. Not that they're even looking at her. Phil stands alone on the runway as the audience starts chanting his name. He plays it up momentarily, until Dave calls for order and give Phil a chance to say his piece. Phil thanks them for the shot, and says that he's sorry they questioned his commitment, "but this breaks my heart. I really wanted to win this. This breaks my heart." Toby is sitting there with his mouth wide open, thinking, Crikey, them wallabies have gone bleedin' shithouse! Hey, if he's going to do it to himself, I might as well help. Gilby says that he respects Phil's refusal to change, but still wasn't sure Phil really wants to be in the band, aside from winning the contest. "I gotta believe that you guys really want to be in the band," he tells the Nut Gallery. Storm, for one, is looking like she's not so sure about that any more. And Phil's out. The most subdued good-byes ever commence in the Nut Gallery as Brooke gives her closing speech.
Post-eviction interviews. Patrice calls Supernova's decision a "huge message." Which must be Austinese for "seriously fucked-up." She says she has to bring "world-class stage presence" every week and cops to having been surprised to be in the bottom three. As for Zayra, she still can't believe it. "It's a miracle," she says, gratefully. Are they still called that when Satan is behind them?
After the show: Thanks to the forum posters, I learned that the real reason Phil was booted is because he not only said that he was in this competition to gain exposure for his own band, but is also on record with less-than-enthusiastic reactions to Supernova's music so far. So I can see booting him for that reason. I can also see Supernova leaving a flaming bag of poo on Mark Burnett's front step for leaving all of that out of the show edit and making them look like bigger idiots than they are. Think they'll address it on next week's show? Me either.