Arin is, as we saw earlier, singing to his older brother Aris, so Britney picked "Hero" for him. Arin tells a story in his intro-reel about how his parents got divorced when he was a kid and his brother stepped up, which is cool. Less cool is when we have to endure the awkward moment backstage when Arin introduced Aris to Normani, member of Fifth Harmony and his "friend-thing." Which is still not as awkward as watching Arin explain to Aris to his face that he's going to be singing "Hero" to him, but not to take it too literally. Arin sings the Enrique Iglesias song while wearing a jacket made entirely of leather backpack straps, and it's a bit shaky, and his voice isn't strong enough to avoid getting drowned out by the backing vocals. Arin's out of his comfort zone on this, and he's not one of those performers that does well there. L.A. says it was a great song choice, but "too big," and Arin's performance was good but not gut-wrenching. Demi says he needs to step it up, and that she wouldn't sign him. Arin thanks them, which Simon chuckles that he doesn't mean. He acts as Arin's therapist a bit, and when Arin says he wants to be himself, Simon says he doesn't blame him at all for what just happened. The implied message is that Britney sucks, but since Britney lacks the subtlety to pick up that message, she says he came out and nailed it, as though she didn't hear a word any of the other judges said. Which, to be fair, she probably didn't. So the hosts come out and get Arin to expound a bit more on how he wants to be true to himself, and in response to this desperate cry for help, Britney chirps, "I totally agree." So it's good that they're on the same page.
Episode Report CardM. Giant: B- | 75 USERS: C+
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