So, to recap so far: Simon's picked Simone, Drew and Tiah. Paula picked the Brewer Boys, InTENsity and Lakoda Rayne. Nicole took Josh, Dexter and Leroy; and L.A. has Brian Bradley, Chris Rene and Phillip Lomax. So we're down to one spot and two people still hoping for it in each category. We're continuing with the boys, which are down to Tim Cifers and Marcus Canty. Tim's the country singer and beer distributor who says this is his one shot. "This decision determines the rest of my life," he tells us. Marcus Canty is the kid whose two years of trying to become a musician are about to run out. There's more editing back and forth between the two of them sitting with L.A., who makes sure to tell Tim that Rihanna appreciated his humility. He also tells Marcus that he's not sure where Marcus fits, but it's Tim who gets sent back to his beer truck. "I don't know what else I could have done," Tim tells us. Be Phillip Lomax? That worked for him. Of course, Marcus doesn't know that four people have already been axed, so he's pretty happy to learn that he's going on, along with Brian, Chris and Phillip. Now he gets to call home and hopefully not be told, "Sorry, Marcus, your two years are up." Are you getting tired of that joke yet? Too bad, I still have one year, eleven months, and one week left on it.
Back to Villa Abdul, where the last Group slot is a tossup between the Stereo Hogzz and The Anser. How committed are the Anser? They bought rings. The Stereo Hogzz, meanwhile are dressed up like they're going to the Hamptons to learn their fate. Between the two groups, it's like a quadruple gay wedding. More cutting back and forth between the two groups getting their critiques from Paula. She has more negative things to say to the Anser, and they start crying, so it's not a shock when she says they're done. But at least they have their rings, and at least I can stop typing "Answ-[backspace]" all the damn time. They join the surviving groups in the kitchen, where there are lots of tearful farewells, and Paula kind of angrily tells Stereo Hogzz, "We're gonna kill it!" And then she disappears entirely into their group hug before they jump into her pool in their fancy clothes. Apparently they get only one phone call home to break the news, because they shout into the communicator, "Call all the moms!"
Two categories left to finish filling. The last slot for the Over 30s is down to Stacy Francis and Elaine Gibbs, and I think we all know how this is going to go. Elaine tells us all about how much she wants this to change her life, but she's no match for Stacy Francis on that score. Stacy tells us that she's turning off the naysayer voice of her first husband in her head, and that her confidence is growing. Finally it's time for both of them to join Nicole on her outdoor couch, although at different times. Unless there are two identical Nicoles on two identical couches in the identical backyards of two identical homes, but I think we can rule that out. She calls Elaine one of their most talented singers she's ever come by, and tells Stacy that she has an amazing voice. But there's that X Factor beyond the voice, and Elaine sighs, knowing what's coming. Nicole tells Stacy she's worried she can't handle this business. But finally she tells Elaine she's not going through, and that she's sorry. Some producer in a headset has to sit on Nicole's couch with her and be her therapist as she talks about how much Elaine was counting on it. "My dream is not over," Elaine tells Steve as he holds both her hands. And when Nicole tells Stacy she's taking her on, Stacy disappears behind one of Nicole's throw pillows, she's so happy. Between Stacy's mascara and Josh's Joshness, Nicole's going to spend a lot of time between now and the live shows shopping for new throw pillows.