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?
Back from the ads, Steve flogs tomorrow's show which will feature two eliminations, the "Pepsi Choice Performance," a phrase which easily tops the list of all the embarrassing things I've had to type for this site in the last three-quarters of a decade, and performances by Bruno Mars and Kelly Clarkson. Kelly Clarkson? They let her do this? I thought that other show would own her in perpetuity.
Up next is Drew, who's grateful to her best friend Shelby, who taught her not to care what other people think. Her parents say that Drew has her problems; she's not a dancer or athletic. "She did do basketball one year and they were grateful she didn't come back." Drew and Shelby appear to be dorks-in-arms, which is actually pretty awesome. We see Drew breaking the news to Shelby that she's singing "Skyscraper" for her because it's their song. Kind of a new "our song" for girls who've been best friends since second grade, but whatever. Kids are fickle.