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.
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.