Back from commercial, Cat plugs the dance tour again, and then we recap the girls' performances from last week. Then Cat announces that the first girl who's made it to Wednesday's finale is…Lacey. Whether it's Sabra or Lauren who joins her will be revealed…after the break. The next break, or some break after that. My god, there's still twenty-five minutes left, people.
We recap the guys next, and when that's all done, Cat announces that the first guy in the finale is Danny.
Then this: Cat announces they have some "bad news" for the studio audience. The audience is already upset, even though they don't know what's going on. "As you know, tonight we are not broadcasting live. The show you're watching at home was recorded on Thursday. This is so that the top four have time to rehearse for the finale." Well -- wouldn't they have had the exact same amount of time if the show was broadcast last week? I get it -- they weren't going to be able to broadcast, but did the show anyway. Okay. Sounds all right. Except this part's not going to sit right with the audience: "To protect the integrity of the show and ensure the viewers at home get the results at the same time as everybody else, we've decided to clear the studio and create a lockdown situation, before we reveal who your votes have sent home." Wow. Cat says "lockdown situation" like there's been a bomb threat at the G8.
Hee! The boos start to rain down as Cat asks the audience to leave. It's like the lights coming up in the bar after lights out. You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here, folks.
Back from the break, the theatre is indeed empty. Cat says "lockdown situation" again, but the exit was rather uneventful. I wouldn't have minded seeing a little more tear gas and truncheons, myself.
On stage are Lauren and Sabra, in the spotlight. "It's time to find out who has made it into the finale." Cat asks if the "gulls" are ready. Lauren jokingly says no -- and after Cat opens the envelope, it turns out Lauren's gone. The judges do their best to make their applause fill up the entire hall. Cat asks the judges what they think. Nigel says, "Lauren knows, I've said before, that Lauren was always going to be one of my favourite dancers in this competition. She should be very proud of herself to be here now." He says she peaked a little too late for the public. Mary says she loved Lauren from the second she saw her, and has graced the stage with "class" and "elegance." Debbie spouts some of her nonsense about how Lauren has been part of a show that has "evangelized" dance and so the world will know her name. I do not believe any of these things to be true. But Debbie's so nice. Lauren says she had a wonderful time performing for everyone, and it's the best opportunity she's ever had. She starts to get a little misty-eyed, and we get a video montage in which the producers managed to find some shots of Lauren mugging for the camera. Nice job!