Off to Chez Scherzinger in Malibu, starting with Dexter Haygood, the homeless guy from Memphis who needs to stop imitating Mick Jagger and James Brown onstage, like twenty years ago. Tearfully, he says this is the biggest thing in his life, after thinking he was washed up. On Nicole's pool deck, he does "Crazy in Love" with a lot more energy and enjoyment that what one might strictly call skill, dancing and throwing in plenty of Little Richard screaming. "I would have liked to have heard the song a little more," Nicole says uncertainly once he's gone. And back with Steve, Dexter's worried about having forgotten some of the words and thus missing out on the next step of the competition. So of course he collapses sobbing into Steve's arms. Steve gives Dexter as much encouragement as he can, but he's secretly like, "Why am I the only one who has to do all four categories?"
Back to the Reid Ranch in the Hamptons, and the 16-year-old African-American country singer Skyelor Anderson is next. We're reminded how he kept singing when his track cut off during his first audition, which was a show of gumption more impressive than his actual singing, if you ask me. Skyelor tells us about watching his father die of cancer, and losing a brother in a robbery shooting, all of which is tragic, and then adds that he wants to be the youngest black country singer. Dude, you're there. He joins L.A. and Rihanna on L.A.'s deck, perching on a stool to sing "Nobody Knows it But Me." He's got live musicians this time, and unfortunately he didn't tip them to stop ten seconds into it to cover what I still think is kind of a weak voice. But after he leaves, Rihanna and L.A. seem impressed, although L.A. wonders about Skyelor's authenticity as a country artist. Is that why he made him sing a Babyface song? To flush him out?
Back to France, where it's Tora Woloshin's turn. She's the tattooed mechanic from Tucson, as we're reminded by clips of her clambering around a giant pickup. She's having a little trouble learning the song Simon picked for her, though, and seems pretty nervous about it in an interview. Turns out she's doing a techno remix of "Satisfaction," like, who doesn't know "Satisfaction?" and she's too busy trying to remember the words to put on much of a show. Afterwards, she confesses to Steve that she forgot some of them anyway, while Simon and his flunkies agree that Tora has some star quality, yet somehow fell short of awesome. Maybe if they let her sing while working on a truck.