A week after the guys were so terrible that even Paula was struggling for compliments, someone backstage obviously reminds Ryan and the judges of the whole mandatory gender-split thing, leading to an entire evening of declaring the men much-improved, whether they are or not.
Ryan congratulates Jennifer Hudson on her Oscar and says "It really validates the talent our judges discover." He does not add "and it really validates what a poor judge of talent the audience is. I mean, John Stevens outlasted her. C'mon! John Stevens!"
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