Sasha dances to Bobby McFerrin and does it awesomely. She's not going home, right? That would be crazy. Alexander dances shirtlessly to some dramatic music (It sounds like Bolero to me, but that's not what the title said) and the audience seems to enjoy it. Jesse threatens to leave, and Cat tells him that all doors are shut. So he calls her Kristin Chenoweth, which proves that he really does watch the show. The judges go off to deliberate.
Musical guest Nicole Scherzinger has a troupe of dancers and a terrible song. It's one of those performances where I can't tell is we're even supposed to pretend that it's not being lip-synched, This was awful, you guys. Enough with the Pussycat Dolls already. I'd much prefer constant plugs for Josie and the Pussycats. The movie or the cartoon. Heck, even the season of the cartoon where they had a spaceship. Just not this. I'm begging you.
It's time for some cuts. Nigel tells Caitlin she danced well this evening. He thinks he solo could have been better and that she seems depressed. She does seem a little flat. Sasha's critique is drowned out at first by wild cheers. She's awesome and everybody knows it. Caitlin applauds Sasha. Then Nigel cuts Ryan, who nods sadly. She's sad, but not surprised.
Now for the guys. Nigel tells them the judges were not unanimous, which I don't think helps anyone. Mitchell did "a pretty strong solo" and has done work "between average and very good." Mitchell controls his breathing to keep from reacting visibly. Ricky gets a huge round of applause and Nigel says he loved his solo. Excuse me; his "dance for your life." And Alexander's solo let him down technically. And Alexander is going home. There are shrieks of horror and disbelief from the audience. Cat soothes him and it sounds like the microphone is caught in the hug between them.
So there you go: Ryan and Alexander are out. But they're being replaced by ten all-stars, which seems like a pretty good trade to me.
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