But first we have to cut backstage to watch Khloe awkwardly interviewing a weepy Jennel and then also Paige's hat. Nothing terribly insightful arises from that, as you might imagine. But it gives them time to reset the stage so CeCe can come back out and flash her Manson lamps to the back row before warbling "Out Here On My Own." It's of course a well-known vocalist showcase ballad production type thing, but hearing it come out from behind those killer's eyes is more than a little eerie. L.A. tells her she just saved herself, and Britney says she was powerful tonight after last night's weird Ke$ha impression. Simon asks why she didn't just do something like this last night in the first place. Indeed, I think a running theme tonight is going to be how much better people are without all the distracting overproduction. Mario tells us that Demi has to sit on her hands for now, and then he sends it to ads, promising Willie's save-me song after the break. And despite all the weepy-faces she threw during the judges' comments, CeCe's eyes are still bone-dry. All I know is that if I had to stand as close to her as Mario and Khloe do right now, I'd want Kevlar under my clothes.
Coming back, Khloe and Mario recap the developments thus far and bring out Willie, who has to return to the stage amid the same bombastic opera cue CeCe did. Willie starts into the old country standard "You Don't Know Me," wisely singing it in a low enough key to show off the deep notes that got him here. Demi doesn't look entirely happy at the judges' table, but it's hard to tell whether that's because she's made up her mind already or because she hasn't. After he's done, L.A. reiterates that Willie's unique and that was good and adds that he doesn't envy Demi right now. Britney tells him he's not sure where he fits in. Simon says he wishes Willie could bring back what he brought to his first audition, mentioning that he wishes he were Willie's mentor. The obvious implication is that Demi's blowing it.
So CeCe comes out and stands next to Willie, between Khloe and Mario. Khloe asks Demi which one she's sending home, and after a pause, she says it's going to be Willie. CeCe, now officially in the top twelve, fake-cries into his shoulder before being ushered off, and Demi joins them onstage so Willie can mumble some incoherent farewell thoughts. Demi says it's not his time yet, but he needs to go back and figure out how to make it his time. Willie looks like a few more years in Shreveport is the worst sentence he could have gotten.