Okay, Steve has to start tonight's show from the balcony? Is he now running on some power source that isn't allowed onstage? From up there, he announces the final eleven, and they get right into it, singing in front of a giant row of green flashing letters and numbers like they're a single line of Matrix code. And let's just say that it's a good thing they're competing as individual acts, because all of them together don't sound that great. I don't know the song they're singing, which honestly is just as well. [Note: "Save The World Tonight" by Swedish House Mafia -- RS.] "Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful," Steve lies as he takes their place onstage. "Sickeningly talented, the lot of you." I think I'm starting to like relaxed Steve. He gets a bit goofy. He reintroduces the judges and asks L.A. for his impression of last night. L.A. says it was good, but he wants to apologize to one person. "Say the name!" Steve snaps. L.A. says Melanie was really good, and L.A.'s harshness towards her last night was motivated by jealousy. "I'm actually that kind of guy," he assures a disappointed Steve.
Then Steve flashes back to last night's performances, which he says all had connections to famous movies (not counting You, Me and Dupree, of course). In the recap montage, there was a little fallout over Drew's self-designed dress, which Paula still blames Simon for, and Simon took credit with Lakoda Rayne backstage for their successful performance. We also learn that Astro is almost as tall as L.A., who pressed the inventiveness issue with Simon and Melanie after her performance. Now he's going to have to apologize again. After the flashback to Rachel's show-closing performance, Steve's back to run down the rules for tonight: the two acts who got the least votes last night will each have to perform, and one of them will get booted by the judges. Also, Jessie J and Willow Smith will be performing. Like we all tuned in to hear.
Coming back, Steve plugs some deal where people get to go online and vote on how a certain performance coming up in a couple of weeks should go, in terms of song, wardrobe, props, dance style, etc. Which is an amazing coincidence, because I've been thinking that what this show needs is to be more like Big Brother.
Then Steve introduces Willow Smith, and after an intro-reel that features clips from her video for "Whip My Hair," this little girl in a rubber jumpsuit with distinctly unwhippable hair comes out to perform her new song "Fireball," complete with dancers and flames projected on the screens. How old is Willow Smith? Probably not old enough for me to say anything other than...that happens.