4Shore will be next, and they present themselves before Paula in different-colored t-shirts with their 4Shore logo on it. We learn that they go to school in different places and only get together in the summer, and they decided this was their last shot. Would we be learning about this if they were out? Paula says they're the most beautiful-sounding group, but is wondering who their leader is. That's a pretty weak argument, but she tells them that she can't take them through. So now they're going home, but one of them interviews that bigger and better things will come of this. Funny, that's not what they were saying before.
We pay our first visit back to the Reid Ranch, where L.A. is about to make some cuts. Brian Bradley is already looking forward to fame, fortune, and girls. He sits down across from L.A. in those cushy lawn chairs in L.A.'s back yard. L.A. remembers how impressed he was at Brian's first performance, but asks if he's ready to go forward. Which is kind of a giveaway that L.A. is bringing Brian on to the live shows, but Brian acts happy anyway. He says he's humbled by the experience of sitting across from L.A. Or as humbled as he gets.
Next is the four-way of Nick Voss, Phillip Lomax, Brennin Hunt and Skyelor Anderson. L.A. talks to Nick about whether he's found his identity as an artist, worries about Skyelor limiting himself to country, and senses a "turbulent ride" with Brennin, whatever that means. He compliments Phillip on the "moments of real brilliance in your voice, but I can't have you give me Sinatra every night." L.A. really needs to work on not giving away his reveals early. He sends Nick, Skyelor and Brennin home, to Brennin's shock. Phillip Lomax is among the final four boys, and he's the most shocked of all of them. Well, him and me. "I'm gonna make you so proud, L.A." he promises, and he can't even make it back to the house before squatting on the ground to catch his breath in disbelief. Will you look at that? He's already taking L.A.'s advice and getting less cheesy!