When we come back, Mario has thrown Khloe to the audience, where a girl boasts about having voted for Tate Stevens 157 times last week (oh, so she's the one), a young guy man kvells about CeCe and Demi and a couple of girls yell out the names of Carly Rose and Emblem3. Thanks for that moment of vox populi, Khloe.
Paige talks in her intro reel about how she wants to do more dancing. When she tells Demi about this, her mentor correctly points out that big production numbers tend to end up netting her a low ranking, whereas last week's stripped-down, vulnerable performance got her in... sixth! Paige isn't trying to hear that, so Demi's like, "It's your funeral." So for her performance, Paige splits the difference, doing roughly the same thing Diamond did, but with "Never Gonna Give You Up" and not nearly as well. She skips the dancers, and the beat -- when it kicks in -- is rather more muted, so it's still mostly just her out there on her own. And thus we get to hear that she's not such a great singer after all. Thanks for clearing that up, Paige. Oh, but here are the dancers coming out at the very end. Too late. L.A. says this was her best performance yet, so maybe Paige has been worse than I thought up until now. Britney says it was a risk, but it worked. Simon starts by asking who picked the outfit. "Kind of everyone," Paige says. Simon's asking because he thinks it was the first time she's looked and sounded like a legitimate pop star (although he was clearly going to run down a whole litany of aspects of the performance and was expecting Paige to let him tick all of them off under her name), and he tweaks Demi by saying Paige needs to make more of her own decisions. Demi tries to claim some of the credit while Simon interrupts, but the narrative's out there and the hosts help push it when they join Paige. Who actually looks happier than she has in weeks.
Coming back, Simon is tapped to introduce Fifth Harmony, whom he claims he can feel a wave behind. Normani talks about how it was hard to lose Arin last week, but she's still got her other conjoined quintuplets to lean on. Even sadder is the fact that apparently Ally's grandfather died this last week and she's taking it pretty hard. I don't think she wants to take back last week's performance, though. Tonight they're singing "Stronger" by Kelly Clarkson, with their feet planted the whole time. It's a decent arrangement, except for how the bridge highlights Dinah Jane as the weakest singer of the five and the Charlie's Angels graphics of them that keep flashing on the screens. L.A. starts by offering his condolences to Ally and tells her to stay strong before saying the performance was good, but not groundbreaking and he didn't hear enough harmonies. Britney says something about how it worked for a group, but feels her self-imposed five-second comment deadline looming and blurts, "Girl power!" Demi also expresses her sympathies, but says it was a little low-energy with the lack of movement. Simon gives a shout-out to the songwriters and calls it a "fantastic, fantastic performance," and says Ally's grandfather would be proud. Mario doesn't manage to get them off the stage and into the commercials without a measure of inappropriate smarm, though.