L.A. introduces Astro as "the most popular contestant" on the show. Should we all just go home, then? Astro hasn't seen his mom in a month, so he misses her and her cooking. But next time he sees her,"I plan on having five million, so it's no big deal." L.A. says Astro will do "a very familiar song that became as big a hip-hop hit as it was a rock hit. "Walk this Way?" I'm not looking ahead, honest.
Aaand, I'm wrong anyway. It's "I'll Be Missing You (Every Breath You Take)." Of course Astro doesn't sing a note, but the rapping's solid, as always, even though it seems to be about missing hip-hop. Which is not really something to go on too much about on Rock Week. The projectors flash the names of dead hip-hop artists, up to and including Heavy D because Astro is nothing if not current.
Nicole calls it a "smart" song choice, but wonders if Astro's ready for a five-million-dollar at his age. "And I definitely believe you are." Well, why ask then? Paula: "Can you just suck for once?" Simon compliments Astro's maturity, and agrees that he has a shot of winning. L.A. of course agrees with that. Steve comes onstage to join Astro, who gives a shout-out to the girls and the Stereo Hogzz in the house, as well as his sister the birthday girl. "A showman to the last," Steve says approvingly rather than rushing him to shut up already. Being one of the anointed ones has its advantages.
Back from the ads, Steve lets us know that the show will be on Tuesday next week, due to Thanksgiving. Giving thanks for the heads-up; that would have been embarrassing for me to miss. Not as embarrassing as that sentence was to type, though. I think I'd better move on.
Finally Paula gets to introduce an act: her one remaining group, Lakoda Rayne. We're reminded how they were in the bottom two with Stereo Hogzz last week. The intro reel talks all about their closeness and their dreams and what I really want to know is how awkward it was working with Paula all week after she voted to boot them, so of course that's not going to get covered. Simon says if they lose then Paula's "out," whatever that means in this contest. Will she stay at the judges' table kibitzing for the rest of the season, or will Steve haul her up onstage and shoot her in the head?