One singer to go for the acoustic round, and it's Tate. He's feeling pretty vulnerable after Vino's exit last week. L.A. takes Tate out for a beer to ask what happens if his job isn't there when he gets back. Tate confesses that it might not be, and L.A. explains that all Tate has to do is decide that music is his destiny, just like L.A. Reid did. Makes it sound easy, doesn't he? Tate's singing "Livin' on a Prayer," because it's always either country or Bon Jovi with him. He's performing with a small band sitting on equipment crates, and just like the last time he covered Bon Jovi, he's got the most vital part nailed, which is a good backing vocalist or two to sing the Richie Sambora parts.
After he's done, Britney says she thinks he'll be a huge country star, which is not exactly praise for this performance. Demi says he blew off the high note, and Simon tells him that picking this song for unplugged week is like "taking a goldfish for a walk...you can't." He warns Tate to choose his own material while the audience starts chanting Tate's name. L.A. disagrees, and talks about how much he supports Tate after all his hard work. Doesn't mean that was a good song, though.
After the hosts flog tomorrow night's show (which will feature performances from Ke$ha and last year's forgotten winner Melanie Amaro), we get an explanation of the second round of tonight's episode: It's the Pepsi Challenge, which not only that means everything about the performances got voted on by people online, but the acts apparently spent all week Tweeting pictures of different looks for the approval of the masses. And yet the acts are all totally motivated to do exactly what the fans wanted and do it well rather than let them down, because they're still at their mercy for votes. Dance, monkeys!
Demi gives a long intro for CeCe, who's doing "Part of Me" by Katy Perry, looking ridiculous in bedazzled Daisy Dukes and Ke$ha hair over the return of the leopard spots and sounding, frankly, like crap. Demi sits at the judges' table watching the effective end of her participation in this competition. CeCe's performance elicits a verbal wince from L.A., especially after the positive feedback he gave earlier, as he says it was like karaoke. L.A. Reid is going to entirely the wrong karaoke bars. Britney phones in that it was very entertaining, and Simon appreciated CeCe's defiance during the performance, and still likes how hard she tries. Notice what he's leaving unspoken, which is that she can't actually sing. Demi cuts in about how people vote for CeCe because they love her (and apparently people are getting a lot more access to phones while in prison), although Demi has to turn her mic back on after Simon turns it off on her. After that, CeCe makes sure everyone knows that other people picked her look tonight. Doesn't help.