Mario promises there are even more revelations coming up: "For the very first time, in any singing competition show, we are going to reveal the order in which your votes put the acts." And hopefully we'll also find out why nobody's ever done it before.
After the ads, the hosts stand next to L.A. at the judges' table (who really doesn't look broken up at all) and announce that the ranks are about to be revealed. "Obviously CeCe Frey is at the bottom of the leaderboard this week," Mario remarks. Yes, obviously. From here, they start working their way up the rankings, showing a leaderboard on half the screen while the other half shows the reactions of the people getting the news on the stage before they clear off. Number 11 is Arin Ray, and number 10 is Beatrice Miller. The funny thing there is that the camera focuses on her for Mario's entire long pause before he says her name, so it's not exactly a dramatic announcement. Lyric 145 was in ninth place, Paige Thomas was in eighth place, and after a brief chat break with Demi we learn that Jennel got seventh and Emblem3 got sixth, to Simon's obvious surprise. He was expecting them to get number one, which isn't exactly a ringing endorsement of his other two acts. Fifth Harmony got fifth place, making it really lucky for them to have ditched the name 1432, because otherwise they would have been in 1,432nd place and never made it past the first auditions. Diamond White was in fourth, despite (or perhaps because of) getting eliminated the previous week, and Vino Alan took third, which kind of makes him look like a pop star after all.
With the rest of the top twelve cleared off the stage, Mario and Khloe step up there and have the remaining two, Carly and Tate, bring it in tight. Mario reiterates that this has never been done before and asks L.A for his reaction. He's happy to have two in the top three, and Britney likes having two in the top four. Look who's paying attention, y'all. Finally, with only a minute left on my DVR recording, Mario's ready to name the winner -- or, as someone in his earpiece hastily corrects them, the second-place vote-getter, who turns out to be Carly. So that puts Tate in the lead for the week. "Wow, obviously people in America don't get out a lot," Tate says modestly when asked for his reaction. And then he looks as though he'd really like to go join the rest of the contestants offstage, but Khloe won't let go of his hand all the way through Mario's sign-off. Yeah, great prize there.