And he's still raining down nos after the ads, while people backstage are getting more nervous. Adrianna Lemus, 14, walks into the jaws of the beast with a clueless optimism about her plan to sing "Rumour Has it." Simon shuts her right down and she gets four polite nos and leaves the stage crying. Diamond White, 13, sees Adrianna coming back from that experience more dead than alive, and gets even more nervous. Diamond tells us about the "shoebox apartment" (and bed!) she has to share with her supportive mom, and about her absent dad, but she's willing to face Simon to make it all better.
In front of the judges, Diamond starts to tell them what she's going to sing, but extra-grouchy Simon rudely cuts her off saying it better not be Adele. Diamond gives him a look that says it was totally going to be Adele, but fortunately she's also got "This Is a Man's World" as a backup. She goes into it, and although the song choice is more impressive than her actual voice, she gets cheers from the audience, and even wins over Simon -- gradually. All the judges compliment her, including Simon, who says she blew the roof off. Four yeses for Diamond, which Simon milks for maximum suspense (which is to say none). Diamond just took a big step toward changing her life, but the really important news is that Simon's now in a better mood.
And now we're back in Austin. Seriously, the hell? Who planned this itinerary? Ally Brooke, 19, from San Antonio, flirts with Simon as he and L.A. walk by backstage (and of course he flirts right back with her). Ally talks about all the signifiers of celebrity she wants to rack up and never will. Her home-grown cheering section wearing matching t-shirts with her name on it is probably as close as she's going to come. I will admit that when she sings "On My Knees," she would easily be the best singer at the Bexar County Fair. The judges seem to like her, but she doesn't know when to stop -- continuing to sing long after the backing track has ended. Simon finally asks her to shut it down at last so they can talk. The judges liked her a lot, although Britney says she should maybe be in Broadway (the kiss of death on that other show). Simon thinks they're looking at a future star. Probably not a present star, but she gets four yeses anyway. Maybe the Ally Brooke perfume is coming someday after all.