Beatrice Miller, the blond 13-year-old, has to battle the butterflies in her stomach but eventually makes it around the house to where Britney and will.i.am are waiting, and sings "Bulletproof," sounding quite good even though she looks terrified. Will.i.am says it was the right song for her, but Britney says she needs to learn a little more control over her loudness. So far, I think only James Tanner has done his song on the original tempo, and I'm not even sure about that.
That leaves just Carly Rose Sonenclar, the brunette 13-year-old who has also been working for this her whole life. Britney and will.i.am interview her about her competitiveness, because it's not like they have any advice for her. Her song for the mentors is slow, stripped down, emotionally raw and entirely age-inappropriate, but so good that her only problem is that her singing comes out of a 13-year-old. After she's done, will.i.am observes to Britney, "She's possessed." Britney heartily agrees, and then laughs as will.i.am compares her to a caterpillar that turns into not a butterfly, but a dragon... burninating the countryside and shit. Britney's only concern is that Carly Rose may not be able to cope with the pressure, and may grow up to shave her head or some shit. Nah, that would never happen.
So now it's on to the content-free deliberation segment, with the teens talking and Britney and will.i.am debating as the evening wears on. "You sure you're making the right decision?" he asks her at the end. "I think I am," she says unconvincingly. And we'll spend hours next week finding out what that decision was.
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