CeCe Frey, meanwhile, seems to be angling for the host job, sitting down across from an unsuspecting boy-girl singing duo and grilling them about their relationship until she's driven them away from their perfectly comfortable seats. CeCe appears to be under the impression that she can increase her chances of singing well by messing with other people's heads. Her boyfriend is clearly proud, or at least frightened enough of her to pretend to be. After more self-congratulation, CeCe finally makes it out onstage and keeps up her overconfident thing, while Demi just eggs her on.
She tells the judges that she's ""CeCefied" the song "Unchained Melody." I'm not familiar with the term "CeCefied," but I can only assume it means doing something really, really bad, because that's what she did to the song. Demi can't take much of this and calls a halt, so CeCe tries a second song: "Ain't No Other Man" by Christina Aguilera. Which works better not only for her personality, but also for her voice and her tendency to miss notes, because there's more of them and even though she's still missing them, she's quickly on to the next one. Everyone seems to think that's more like it, so she's going through unanimously. So far the judges seem more impressed with Kansas City than I am.
Later, Britney delivers L.A.'s cake to him, singing "Happy Birthday" to him in a shaky voice that wouldn't get her through to boot camp if she were competing. Or maybe it would this week, who knows?
We meet Vino Alan, who is 39 and from Waynesville, MO. He's made an impression on one other blue-mohawked contestant backstage who remarks on Vino's apparent nervousness. Given a chance to speak to the cameras for himself, Vino tells us that this is about providing stability for his fifteen-year-old son. Yes, going on a multi-month reality singing contest seems like the best way to go about that. When he gets to meet the judges, they comment on his face tattoos and invite him to take off his hat. And indeed, the only hair he has is inked on. So maybe a bank job isn't for him after all. At least he can sing, though, performing "Trouble" with a soulful, seasoned, un-showy voice. L.A. says he was ready not to like him but did, Louis compliments his stage presence, Britney was inspired, and Demi agrees that he has a unique voice. Four yeses for Vino. If it's possible to be aggressively mellow, he's it.
After the ads, Louis needily asks L.A. if he's missing Simon. L.A. says he is, but not that much. Out in the parking lot, a 19-year-old kid named Deangelo Wallace is boasting about how he can do Britney's songs better than she can. Way to set the bar high. Whatever the judges will end up saying to him, Deangelo is sure to leave here still thinking he's awesome and that the judges are losers. He goes out and talks to them like he's at the front of their classroom, flashing his janked-up smile, charming nobody by talking about the cars he'd buy himself with the five million dollars, and laughing at his own putdowns of Justin Bieber. "Do you have any idea how much you're getting on our nerves?" L.A. asks, not unkindly.