One last Over 30 to go. Nicole misses her cue, then flusteredly says Josh Kracjik will be singing a song from Across the Universe, which narrows it down to pretty much any Beatles song. We learn in the intro reel that Josh's mom is probably enjoying this even more than he is, and the burrito place back home is even selling a Kracjik burrito. Which I assume is like a regular burrito but with more grease. He's singing the Joe Cocker version of "With a Little Help from My Friends." The backup singers drag him down a bit, but he rocks out with his Cocker out, crazy-eyes and all. L.A. tells him well done, and Paula tells him his voice is chicken soup for the soul. Not a burrito? Simon liked the song, but tells him, as criticism against Josh's mentor's idea of staging "You were like Dracula and the brides up there." Nicole responds, "Don't hate, just congratulate." She adds, "Steven, don't you talk," and tells Josh he's ready for a five-million-dollar recording contract. With that, Steve steps in with the voting instructions.
I don't know why Steve keeps getting evicted to the balcony during every commercial break, but there he is again as he reminds us to vote and calls down to L.A. to introduce the one Boy left to perform tonight: Chris Rene, with a song from Dangerous Minds. His mom is proud of his sobriety and his music, and L.A. interviews that he thinks they nailed it this week. Chris sings "Gangster's Paradise," and I guess he figures if rewriting a rap song works for Astro, why shouldn't it work for him? Well, for one thing, the army of dancers in white zoot suits kind of dents Chris's street cred. Nicole lets him repeat some of his lyrics back; Paula calls him honest, truthful and amazing; and Simon says, "Welcome back Chris Rene." He gives him props for doing what they all agreed on (meaning, I guess, staying off the drugs), and compliments L.A. on doing a good job with all his acts tonight. All L.A. says is that "it's been a long way home, but we're there now." Chris manages to tone down the mugging compared to last week, while Steve gives the voting instructions, which is only good news.