After the break, the hosts get ready to name five more members of the top twelve, once again in no particular order: Carly Rose Sonenclar, Tate Stevens, Beatrice Miller (making it a sweep for Britney's Teens category), and Lyric 145. Mario tells us that leaves CeCe Frey, Jason Brock, and Fifth Harmony, two of whom are going to have to sing to stay in the competition. And since the eleventh member of the top twelve is Fifth Harmony, those two will be CeCe and Jason. Which is not entirely surprising, at least in CeCe's case. The bottom two are left on the stage with their mentors, and some messed-up blocking ensues as Mario reminds us that they'll have to sing for survival. Again. To kill a few seconds, Mario asks Demi what CeCe's going to have to do to save herself. Uh, stop being CeCe? Demi is hardly into her sales pitch when she sighs exasperatedly at Simon, which burns up the rest of her intro time.
So then CeCe comes out and sings some desperate ballad (which turns out to be Cher's "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me") as emotionally as a person can when the only emotions that person has ever experienced are ambition and malice. I don't know this song, but with its lyrics about unbowed determination in the face of adversity, and swearing to go on despite being knocked down, it's obvious why CeCe chose it for this occasion.
Coming back, L.A. reintroduces Jason Brock, whom he never liked despite all his "Mr. Entertainment" crap. Jason comes out wearing a black suit and a Trans Am logo for a broach and sings "Total Eclipse of the Heart," keeping it as un-Vegas lounge as he possibly can. I think he did better than CeCe, but I tend to be biased toward humans. Mario and Khloe call CeCe out to rejoin them, and Mario explains the next step, which unlike many aspects of the competition is the same as last year. The judges will now vote on whether it's to be Jason or CeCe that will go home. And in the event of a tie, it goes to "Deadlock," which will be easily broken by sending home the person who got fewer votes, so it's really not a deadlock at all. It's more like a bathroom lock, the kind you can open by sticking a toothpick in the little hole.
Anyway, Mario starts with Demi, who of course votes to send Jason home, and naturally L.A. votes to boot CeCe. I do hope I live long enough to see the finalist who gets ousted by his, her, or their own mentor, but that's not happening tonight. So we move on to the neutral votes. Britney votes to send home CeCe without showing any more feeling than CeCe ever does, so of course now it's down to Simon, as usual. With little drama, Simon announces that he's sending home Jason, so it's a Deadlock. Which is probably exactly what Simon wanted, because he doesn't seem too invested either way and he probably figures he might as well leave it up to people who actually care. This is not to be confused with the notorious Scherzinger Maneuver, in which you care very deeply but your terror of being seen as the bad guy, to anyone, so you leave it up to fate and crush a little girl's dreams. I'm sure she's over it, though.