Coming back, Mario's up in the audience surrounded by girls and talking about all the pressure on the finalists. And then he throws it to Khloe, who is backstage sinking her claws into Arin Ray and putting pressure on him to talk about the pressure he's under. Fortunately, the pressure to be more articulate than Khloe Kardashian-Odom is something that proves quite... tolerable.
Britney introduces Diamond White, who, we're reminded, came in fourth last week, after being turfed the week before. During her mentoring session, she thanks Britney for bringing her back, as though Britney had anything to do with it. Britney did give her "Halo," Diamond's vocal performance of which rather suffers by comparison to Beyonce's. At least the production is a little toned down, aside from how the entire mise en scene is transformed into Diamond White's literal halo by the end of the song. L.A. says she filled those shoes well despite starting out shaky. Demi says she really is a diva, "in the best way possible." Simon advises her, "Don't walk and sing at the same time," but he thinks they're looking at a future star. Although he doesn't say how far in the future. Britney's just proud of her and how she keeps getting better. Mario asks Diamond what's the most diva thing about her, and Diamond talks about her performer alter ego, which is almost embarrassing, but then Khloe saves her by going on about her alter ego, "Khlo-money," which is even more embarrassing. Finally she does something right, even if she didn't mean to.
After the ads, Mario and Khloe talk about how the winner not only gets the five-million-dollar contract, but a Pepsi commercial to be shown during the Grammys. Bit of a step down from the Super Bowl, no?
Britney introduces Beatrice Miller, who we find out was really happy last week about making it through, but then finding out she was in tenth place kind of harshed her buzz. Plus there's the fact that all of the financial prospects of her entire two-mom family are currently resting on her winning five million dollars, which is kind of a lot of pressure. Britney has her sing "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper while wearing a "YOLO" hat and almost everything else, while sitting in front of a projection of a giant hourglass that I'm 92.36 percent sure has been used on this show before. She sings it like it's "True Colors," and I think I've figured out what her vocal thing is: she's clearly been brought up in a house where a lot of Joni Mitchell gets played. That was in The Kids Are All Right so it must be true. Anyway, L.A. says she's "so cute" but it wasn't the best song choice to show her chops with. "It's the song's fault, not yours." Demi liked the song, and what Beatrice did with it, while Simon disagrees with L.A. by saying that Beatrice is actually better when she doesn't push. Which of course means she's doomed in this competition. Britney cuts in about how Beatrice has more talent in her pinky than Simon's entire category. Ooh, burn.