In the Hamptons, it's Marcus Canty's turn. He's the kid whose mom gave him two years to make it as a singer. Let's hope that time doesn't run out in the middle of his audition for L.A. and Rihanna, lest his mom show up and drag him off by his ear. Unlike his first audition, where he did a lot of dancing around, this is relatively sedate and quiet, perched on a stool, aside from a somewhat silly singing-face in the middle and getting to his feet toward the end for the big finish. Rihanna's really impressed, and on the side yard, Marcus tells Steve he feels good about how he did. Rihanna isn't entirely convinced Marcus is a star, but seems willing to be convinced, especially after he made so much eye contact with her she had to look away. If only this were a staring contest.
Tiah Tolliver, the 20-year-old deli clerk, is about to sing for Simon, and we're reminded of her first audition, where her singing had more keys than a high school janitor, but Simon threw a conniption until he got his way and she made it to Boot Camp. Obviously Tiah's glad to have Simon as her mentor, since he's the only one who likes her. Even so, she's getting nervous, freaking out over the wind to the point where even 14-year-old Drew is like, "Grow up, girlfriend." Obviously Simon's happy to see her when she presents herself on his pool deck for the formality of her audition. She could get one of her stiletto heels stuck between the slats and still stay in it, I'd wager. It's certainly not a great performance, at least from what I can tell by the parts that aren't drowned out by her backing track. Simon claps and chuckles like the proud creepy dad he is, an his flunkies gather around to go out of their way not to disagree with him any more than they absolutely have to.