He sings "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan, mostly perched on a stool, lit as though through venetian blinds. That is until the lights and the now-obligatory gospel choir comes up on the last chorus, along with LeRoy's skinny ass up off the stool.
L.A. tells LeRoy it was good, but not his best. Paula totally disagrees (as does the audience, loudly), yammering about connection some more. Simon says he has a lot of respect for L.A., but disagrees with him tonight and has nothing but compliments for LeRoy, for once. Nicole talks about what she wanted from this, and Steve comes out marveling about LeRoy finally winning Simon over. "It seemed like a song you were singing for your mum," Steve adds, as though just tuning in. Then he gives the voting instructions and says Astro is up next, clearly wishing he could come right out and promise another teenage tantrum.
Back from the ads, Steve grinds things to a halt by discussing a couple of Tweets that are up on the big screen, including an invitation for Simon to Thanksgiving dinner from someone on Twitter claiming to be "way cuter than Steve Jones" (hey, I never said Steve wasn't cute) and an accusation that L.A. Reid is wearing lipstick (which L.A. denies).
On to Astro's intro reel. He's saying that he's thankful for his fans this week, which he kind of has to do; as L.A. describes his behavior last week, "He gave his fans and viewers the impression that he'd given up." We're reminded of Astro's reaction to being in the bottom two last week. But then Astro's parents talk about the support he found online afterwards, hence Astro's performance tonight.
He comes out and raps about his behavior and the support of his fans, the "Astronauts," basically everything we just heard but rhyming and with a long list of locations thrown in while Astro mimes reading a computer. Well, at least last week's debacle gave him something fresh to write about.
After he's done, he preemptively promises not to let last week happen again. Nicole reminds him to remain grateful. "Thank you," he says. Getting started already, I see. Paula wants to be an "Astro-naut," and Simon agrees that she should be shot into space. Simon tells Astro he admires him, adding that everyone has tantrums (including Simon, as we've seen, and soon will again), but "the music business needs unpredictability." He didn't think it was the perfect song, not that the song was recognizable anyway, and L.A. says Astro apologized and gave a great performance, which is all he can ask. "Back in the game," Steve declares after the voting instructions. So it would seem. Anybody else want to put him in the bottom two again just to see what he does?