Back from the break, Steve notifies us that we'll be voting later in the competition, and will be able to do so via Twitter. What a coincidence; I was just thinking today how long it's been since I last saw the Fail-Whale. So the Brewer Boys are coming up, and the Brewer-reel shows us that Paula's been trying to get them to engage more with the audience, and also that they've gotten such half-assed haircuts they probably shouldn't have bothered at all. Paula can't stay away from the mash-ups, so they're doing one of "Rich Girl" and "Faith," playing a mandolin and a guitar while sitting on crates like they're busking at the bus station, surrounded by dancers and going shamelessly Mumford & Sons at the end. When they're done, L.A. says it seemed a little out of Paula's comfort zone, but it was good. Nicole says they'd be all over their walls if she were a teenager, and Simon brings everyone down by saying it's a five-million-dollar contract, and also that the choreography was "throwaway," which isn't entirely fair given that the boys were the only ones on stage not actually dancing. But Paula says they've come a long way and she's proud of them. They even thank her in harmony.
I'm getting a little discomfited by Paula's insistence on looking into the camera as she introduces each group. InTENsity is up next, the first of the two Frankengroups that the judges threw together and aren't about to get rid of any time soon. But Paula's making it tough, staging them on monkey bars like it's a production of Bye Bye Birdie and making them sing a chopped-up version of "Footloose" and something else [Note: "The Clapping Song" -- RS.]. Eventually they get to climb down and work the stage some more, but there's no getting around the fact that ten teenagers singing on a stage are never going to look like anything beyond a bunch of Mousketeers. L.A. gives them credit for doing so well, Nicole calls them her "pumpkin patch" (although she says nothing about their sincerity), and even Simon calls them a "music miracle," and "the new young Glee." Paula thanks them for their hard work, and now Steve has to herd the entire pack off the stage. Fortunately they're fairly docile even in such a large group.