Only one slot left in the whole top sixteen, and this one is between Rachel Crow and Melanie Amaro. Will it be the 18-year-old with the supportive mom or the sassy 13-year-old who needs a new bathroom? They appear before Simon in that separately-yet-at-the-same-time way that's getting so annoying. Simon says he loved Rachel's first audition, but he wasn't expecting the others to be so good. He tells them both how tough this is for him, having to cut people. Poor Simon. "You haven't made it, babe," he finally says to Melanie, and apologizes to her three times while hugging her. "I hate this job sometimes," Simon tells us while a tearful Melanie gets a hug from Steve and calls her mom, who can't understand what Melanie's saying through all the crying. But then Simon loves his job all over again as he tells Rachel, "It's not great news. It's fantastic news." Weak. He gets up and hugs her, asking, "How can I say no to you?" Rachel gets a happy reunion with Steve, and with her mom, who I guess got to come to France too. I bet Simon's place has tons of bathrooms.
So with ten whole minutes left in the show, the final sixteen have been named. "Or have they?" Steve asks. Sitting out on his pool deck at night with an assistant, Simon tells her, "I think I've made a mistake." She really sells her muted shock, slowly pulling her hands from the keyboard of her laptop as Simon insists that he made a big mistake. Well, I could have told him that.