After the ads, there's more pitching of the X Factor app, and Britney introduces Carly, who gets a whole retrospective intro reel like she's leaving the show. She says it was a tough week, plummeting to second place and losing Diamond from the competition. Before leaving, Diamond bucked her up pretty hard, though, saying she has to win it for Britney's team. Carly tells Britney that her choice is "Your Song" by Elton John, because of how her dad used to play it for her when she was a baby. Like, in 2001. She starts out low and slow on a mostly dark stage, standing on a platform over a sea of stage smoke, and then amps it up a bit for the second verse, walking slowly to center stage while the floor lights up under her steps "Billie Jean" style. She's joined by a children's choir at the end for some reason and of course throws in a big finish, and I hardly thought about Moulin Rouge at all during that. Her mom and dad hug happily backstage as she proceeds to the judgment spot.
L.A. tells her she picked a really risky song for this point in the competition, but she did things with it he's never heard before. Demi points out that now that she doesn't have an act in the completion any more, everyone can trust that she's being totally honest, and tells Carly it was kind of predictable. And yet it was her favorite song Carly's done. "I don't care if it was predictable." Simon spends most of his time trying to get Demi to clarify what she just said, and Demi says, "He can't hear, he's really old." Simon grossly says, "I'm going to ignore my little brat." Please do so, then, and quit flirting. Simon also liked it, and says this was the first time he's seen any emotion from Carly, but he thinks she can do better performance-wise. Britney calls her a huge superstar, taking less time than any of the other judges as usual. Which I always complain about, but I guess it's almost certainly better than the alternative.