Back to the contestants, and Astro the young rapper is up next. L.A. tells us that Astro will only perform his own lyrics, and although the kid is still not terribly humble, he admits to being nervous about competing against singers in a singing competition. Which is a valid concern.
His stage design includes his name in big letters as he sings "Hip Hop Hooray," again with words of his own devising and again comparing himself to Jay-Z. There's a little Missy Elliot breakdown in the middle, cue the dancers and confetti, and then back to the first song, and he's out. Nicole compliments him on writing his own words, Paula enables his Jay-Z delusions, and Simon brings up L.A.'s assertion a few weeks ago that people Astro's age can't sell rap records. L.A.'s ready to take that back, and Simon calls Astro a "little star," which Astro doesn't visibly take offense to. L.A says Astro gets better every week, and then Steve's back doing the Steve thing.
Time now for the second Frankengroup, InTENsity. We're reminded how Ellona from the group was singled out as a great singer last week. Just not enough to come through as a soloist. Some of the kids have concerns about coming off Disney.
But not to worry: Paula has them singing "Kids in America," so she's on top of it. She puts Ellona out in front again at the beginning. And again with the onstage animations, with big cartoon stars flying out at your face like the title sequence of Wonder Woman is exploding. The performance ends in usual Mousketeer configuration, with red Mylar confetti all over the stage. L.A. and Nicole basically make a lot of plays on the word "fun," and Simon even apologizes to Paula because he thought that was terrific. He appreciates the group rebellion that's sort of going on, and says he likes them more than he should. Of course he does, he helped invent them.
One Girl left: it's Drew, who, like Rachel, also gets to have her mom on hand. Being under 16 has its advantages. Simon promises a "different side" to Drew, so I guess no slow, creepy, minor-key pop song again, right?
Well, okay, wrong, because we start by looking down on her as she lies onstage on a bed of flower petals while singing a slow, creepy, minor-key version of "Just a Dream." But eventually she stands up and the drum track kicks in and she actually starts moving around the stage a little bit. And without even getting lost. L.A tells her she has "the spirit of a superstar," complimenting her tone and smile and everything but, he takes care to point out, her mentor. Nicole gives Simon props for the song choice, and declares Drew "relevant." Paula says she lives for Drew's last note, which she means as a compliment in the sense that she loves the way she ends her songs, not that she stopped. Simon's even more complimentary, saying that Drew is his mentor now. Steve comes up to share her disbelief at the comments, and to remind us not to vote yet. Don't worry, Steve, I wasn't going to.