Once it's over, L.A. gives him credit for going out of his comfort zone and landing on his feet. Paula tells him great job and tells everyone to vote. Simon says he liked the "spectacle -- however," and says he was over-produced, for which he blames Nicole. She comes right back at him, saying she and Josh actually like to take risks, unlike Simon. Zing! Steve comes out with the voting instructions and yet more inexplicable Cirque du Soleil plugging.
Coming back, Steve reminds us that the winner also gets to be in a Pepsi commercial -- just like Michael Jackson! I hope the prize package also includes a fireproof hat.
Astro talks about how happy he was not to be in the bottom two again last week after prepping himself hard for it. Then his mom undercuts this mature moment by telling us how he wrote his first song at age nine and called it "Party Arty," because apparently those were the only words. This is also a new area for Astro, as he and L.A. and Nicole all interview.
Astro does an anti-racism rap vaguely based on "Black or White," peppered with the word "dope" and surrounded by dancers in completely mystifying multinational costumes while MJs kids look on stonefaced. Astro seems to be starting to blur the line between doing the best rapping and the most rapping, if you know what I mean.
Nicole tells him it was "B double-A-D bad," (because she is D-U-M) and says that while it wasn't her favorite performance of his, he seemed to be having the most fun she's ever seen him have. I wouldn't disagree with that. Paula calls Astro not only the future, but the past and the present, "and that's the best compliment I can give you." If only it made sense. Simon disagrees with Nicole, saying this is exactly what Astro should have done. L.A. talks about how proud he (and hopefully the Jacksons) is. The Jacksons look like, "Don't drag us into this." Steve does the voting instructions, and tells Astro, "That was dope." Thank you, Steve, for reminding us that "dope" is also a noun.
During the ads, Katherine Jackson has been given a microphone so she can tell Steve about how she always watches the show and thus is happy to be here to see it live. Prince and Paris also get to talk about the Cirque show and this show going on here right now. No airtime for Blanket, though. You'd think he'd get a little more coverage. Don't worry, I'll punish myself for that one later.