Coming back, Nicole introduces Stacy, who we can only hope has rediscovered her voice given what's at stake. Her song for survival is "Amazing Grace," which she sings over a synthesized gospel choir in front of projections of candles. So the message, judges, is that if you send Stacy home, you're going to Hell. She has a little trouble finding the key at first, but pulls it out soon enough and even manages to smile. After she's done, Steve comes out, dismisses her from the stage, and has L.A. introduce Astro. The kid comes out and says he doesn't even think he should perform, but leaves it up to L.A. "You've come a long way," L.A. says. Then Astro throws the question out to the audience, which makes me think it was just a needy ploy. So young and yet so cynical. He does a rap to "Never Can Say Goodbye," all about his experience being on the show, complete with shout-outs to the judges. Who will be deciding if he goes home tonight, just saying. Steve comes back out after he's done, saying, "I'm very glad you performed, sir." Sure he is, you think he had material to fill out ten minutes of live TV? Steve calls Stacy back out to stand with him and Astro before going to ads, so they can stand there and catch up for the next four minutes. So I guess Steve would have only had to come up with six.
Coming back, Steve gives L.A. the first vote, as if there's any doubt who he's going to want to keep. L.A. says for some reason that it's all about attitude, which does not bode well for Astro. He liked Stacy's performance, but says he's upset that Astro came out and acted like a quitter. He glowers at Astro and makes him sweat for a bit before saying he has to stick with his guy and send Stacy home. It's Nicole's turn, and she gives a long speech to Stacy and a much shorter one to Astro before sending him home. No surprises so far, but both contestants look pretty pissed. Paula lectures them both about being grateful and votes to lose Stacy. Steve tells Simon he's got the swing vote, which is why they let Simon vote last.
Simon has a question for Astro: "I don't like your attitude right now." That's not a question. Simon tells him to unfold his arms, "look at me, and think about your mum watching this show." Astro protests the idea that he's got a bad attitude and says, "If you're going to put me in the bottom two, I don't want to perform for people who don't want me here." Kid's in tears, and Steve leans over and whispers something in his ear. I don't think it's about how much time they have, either. Simon lectures Astro on being a grown-up, and after taking a moment to tell Stacy she hasn't done so great the last two weeks, Simon asks Astro if he'll act like this again in the same situation. The audience is chanting Astro and Stacy's names, evenly divided as far as I can tell, and Simon, after telling the other judges that he's really tempted, announces that he's going with the person he thinks has the best chance of winning and sends home...Stacy. Astro will stay to pout another day.