Brooke welcomes us back to the show from atop the judges' dais. "I thought I'd get a good seat for the last performance," she tells the guys. Ever the gentleman, Jason gets up and relinquishes his seat. There's some tedious stage business about how dangerous it is to sit next to Tommy, and then Brooke gets down to Dilana's introduction. The frontrunner is singing what Brooke calls "the great American rock anthem, 'Cats In The Cradle.'" Which is overselling a bit, if you ask me. Dilana sings well as always, starting out with one foot on an amp and not changing one gender pronoun in the whole thing. Which is a bold choice, considering the length of the skirt she's wearing. Also, I'm glad Magni didn't have to sing the line, "He learned to walk when I was away." That would have been rough. She spends some time in a seldom-visited realm for her, by which I mean her middle register. By the way, this has nothing to do with Dilana's performance, but the last verse of this song has always bugged me. The narrator spends the whole song blowing off his own kid, but then at the end, when he wants to see him, it's too late because the kid's spending time with his own kids. So the last line, "My boy was just like me," is supposed to be this crushing irony, but even that is giving himself too much credit. In other words, dude, you're still the biggest ass in the room. But that's neither here nor there. Dilana does well as always, showing quite a bit more restraint vocally than usual. Although it's kind of annoying when she mock-conducts the string section at the end. That looks like a good way to end up with a g-string wrapped around your neck.
Dave's first comment is, of course, to Ryan. "I spoke too soon. That was the best performance of the evening." Ryan is a good sport about it, because it's not like he has a mic right now to respond. Dave says that he not only got chills from Dilana's performance, but he still has them. Dude, it's cold in there! Jason (who has gotten his seat back in the interval) is wearing gloves! You don't have a shirt! Dave says that his own dad is there now, which is good, because otherwise he'd be "an emotional wreck right now." Jason says that Dilana's thing really worked, and tells the Supernovices that they all adapted really well tonight. Gilby also loved it, and warns her, "don't let up." Dilana promises to keep it going, "because I told you guys, I'm the one." Supernova laughs, but it's not an indulgent laugh. It's more of "It's about time she figured it out" kind of laugh. Brooke opens up the voting, and we'll see if Dilana's uncharacteristic outbreak of hubris comes back to haunt her (it won't).