Willie Jones is up next, and he's taking another crack at "Nobody Knows," I guess in an effort to redeem himself for forgetting the words to it at Boot Camp. "Make us remember this performance instead of the last," Demi advises. Willie sings his song, remembering all the words this time and everything. Demi looks more impressed than Nick during the performance, but afterwards Joe says he's a star, even though Willie needs to decide whether he's country or R&B. So right now he's like a black Donny and Marie?
Coming back, Nick Youngerman is shooting his mouth off to Jillian and CeCe about how they're in his way for the five million. I would argue that the main obstacle between Nick Youngerman and the grand prize is Nick Youngerman. We flash back to Jillian's initial audition, when she won Demi over with her history of being bullied. Demi sits down with her beforehand and gives her some vague advice about her performance style, and then Jillian goes in to sing "Gravity" by Sara Bareilles. She does this with rather less raw, gaping need than at her first audition, but unfortunately fills the vacuum with some ill-advised theatricality. After she leaves, Nick says Jillian's kind of sexy, but Demi's concerned that Jillian took too much of their advice. Demi's going to have trouble being objective about Jillian, but at least she knows it.
Nick heads up to Demi and Nick and performs "Tik Tok," which serves mainly to demonstrate that he's not a singer. He has fun, at least, and tells us afterward that he killed it. "I knew I would." Nick says he wasn't expecting to dig a rapper in with all these singers, "but I thoroughly enjoyed that performance." Demi, however, is torn between "loving it or super-annoyed by it." Well, in that sense, Nick Youngerman is indicative of a lot of today's musicians, so that's certainly in his favor.
CeCe and Paige bond over their shared fear of being sent home. Or rather Paige does, while CeCe is more likely probing for weakness. We're reminded that Paige has a three-year-old daughter back home, and she's doing this for her as well. Paige presents herself to Demi and Nick, both overdressed and underdressed at the same time. By which I mean she's wearing a very dramatic outfit with a train but seems to have completely forgotten her pants. She starts her song from a seated position, and basically combines the song with a posedown, which gets tedious in a hurry. Nick and Demi are both really underwhelmed, and Demi frets to Nick that Paige blew everyone away at first, but has been coming off increasingly insecure as the competition proceeds. Dammit, Paige, don't let CeCe win! And put on some pants!