After the ads, the judges are back at the table for what Steve calls "the final showdown," as if InTENsity vs. Stereo Hogzz is going to be anything short of Bambi vs. Godzilla in this room. He sympathetically asks Paula to introduce the first of her two acts. Paula says they're superstars who have earned their place on the stage, so we know she's talking about Stereo Hogzz. They come out and sing "Emotion" by the Bee Gees. For which one of them, naturally, is dressed like Buddy Holly in capri pants. Of course you want to go with a look that matches the theme. They're not bothering with choreography tonight, and barely with the harmonies. Then Paula gives a much more lukewarm intro for InTENsity, who comes out and does "My Life Would Suck Without You," with a similar commitment to choreography and harmonies we just saw from Stereo Hogzz. But at least they're playing into Simon's assessment of them as "the hot new Glee." Ellona gets most of the solos, too. But seriously, I've seen better developed choreography on Glee when the cast is supposed to just be fucking around in the choir room.
Back from what I assume is the last break, Steve is onstage with both groups, explaining that it's now up to the judges to decide. He adds that if there's a tie, "We go to Deadlock." Well, that sounds like a reasonable resolution. Actually all it means is that the act with the least votes from the previous night goes home. So not so much a deadlock as a tiebreaker. Deadlock makes it sound like the season screeches to a halt while the judges barricade themselves in a conference room for months. So you can imagine my disappointment that that's not what it means. Steve sighs like this is really hurting him, and asks Simon who he's sending home. Simon, who last night said there's not a band in the world as good as Stereo Hogzz, says he's sending them home tonight because he thought their performance tonight was the weaker of the two. Which is dumb. Steve turns to Paula, who has to give a whole emotional speech before saying she's getting rid of InTENsity. Nicole looks like she's praying as she gives a long speech, until Steve rushes her to name InTENsity. It's down to L.A., and Steve gives him even less time than Nicole, but he takes that and more before finally sending home InTENsity. So Stereo Hogzz is in it for another week, and the members of InTENsity just lost The X Factor for the second time. They look pretty bummed about it, too. Montage of InTENsity's long, wobbly career on this show. And then my DVR cuts out the end. Hurry the judges along even more next time, will you, Steve?