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Part Three (Part Four)

You may remember how last week's episode received a little trim due to the baseball rain delay and whatever other crap Fox threw on for part of the evening, but apparently someone has re-edited the remainder into a fresh hour just for tonight, which means a lot of people spent the weekend in Avid suites trying to allow the network to convincingly say, "We meant to do that." So here we are, and we're reminded that Britney already picked her four Teens (Diamond White, Carly Rose Sonenclare, Arin Ray and Beatrice Miller) and L.A. picked his four Over 25s (David Correy, Jason Brock, Tate Stevens and Vino Alan), and now we're going to get the big reveals from Demi and Simon. Or at least the rest of the reveals from Demi. I still think this has all been really weird.

And then everything between the opening credits and the first commercial break is stuff we saw last Wednesday night, from Demi talking about her final decisions, to Jennel Garcia and Willie Jones being told that they're going through to the next round. And then there's the "Still to Come" title teasing bits from the rest of the episode still remaining. I'll believe it when I see it.

Oh, but then we're actually back, as Demi tells us there are four people left in her category (Paige Thomas, Jillian Jensen, CeCe Frey and Nick Youngerman), but only two spots to go around. I already don't think it's looking good for Nick Youngerman, who got Britney on her feet at his first audition, but now he says he doesn't want to "be known as the rapping toilet-cleaner for the rest of my life." Better stop rapping, then. Demi tells him that he's fun to watch, but the bar has been set high, and he doesn't meet it. Not that she actually says that last part. Nick's heading back to Ohio, but not without passing Jennel and Willie on the winner's couch on his way out. But then at some point we see Willie and Jennel trying to buck him up, so I don't know when that happened. I thought the winners and losers were strictly segregated.

It's Paige's turn next, which means she's a lock to make to the live shows, so that suspense can be maximized as to whether CeCe or Jillian will snag the fourth spot. Demi tells her she's a beautiful, gorgeous person with star quality, but it's not just about that. Paige starts getting weepy, copping to some ups and downs with everything going on. Demi assures her that she's going to continue... to be a wonderful mother. Nice of her not to keep Paige in suspense about that part. But she still has to say she's made her decision, and then take an eternal pause before informing Paige that she's in. They hug amid a deafening clatter of their combined jewelry, and Paige goes down to join Willie and Jennel. And not Nick.

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