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The people who turned seven ordinary Americans into American Idols are looking to discover the next great band.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Host: Dominic Bowden
Judges: Ian "Dicko" Dickson, Sheila E., John Rzeznik
Creator: Simon Fuller
EP: Nigel Lythgoe, Ken Warwick, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Simon Fuller
Packager: 19 Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America
Origin: Bob Barker Studio, CBS Television City, Los Angeles


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Round of 8
November 9

Last time, ten bands took the stage, and the other two were sent packing. Tonight, eight will continue to rock, while the other two will roll on home, and it's all to the music of Billy Joel.

Quick reminder: a band's performance order doesn't mean anything in regards to who got the most votes. If they play first, it doesn't necessarily mean they came in first.

First band playing tonight... is... Franklin Bridge! Darrell worked at Chuck E. Cheese. Ray Ray sees this band as his first real job. Kurt starts up "Big Shot". What wasn't big.. the lyrics. This is supposed to be just an interpretation, but come on, let's get the words right. John says they really made it rock. Sheila says that everyone was rocking, but we need to stay humble. "The best attitude you can have is gratitude." Dicko doesn't see it as cockiness, but confidence.  Kurt pleads the fifth as to who he was singing it to.

Next up... Cliff Wagner & the Old #7! The band had to miss a lot of little league games and play. They've slept in garages for their art, and today, they'll display it with "You May Be Right". The arrangement left out my favorite lyric of the song... you know, the one about walking through Bed-Stuy and riding your motorcycle in the rain. Oh well, it could be forgiven, because they were on point. John liked it, but he was expecting a bit more "poundage". Sheila thinks a lot of people are going to like it or hate it. Dicko thinks it's fantastic that they're there, but the song put him to sleep.

Number three on our set list is... Denver & the Mile High Orchestra! Denver's wife just had a baby. That has to be the hardest thing ANY traveling musician has to go through. But this was a family decision, so he's going to do the family proud with "Tell Her About It." This is a very horn-driven song, and the band comes together very well on it. John thought it was great. John's only challenge: "What can you do to break the boundaries of your genre?" Sheila thought that the song flowed. Dicko thinks that they're on their way to become a killer corporate act, but at the moment, they need to challenge themselves (see Johnny's remark).

After the break, it's band #4... Dot Dot Dot. Stephan was a bad programmer. Michael was a teacher in the school of rock. Adam was a cook. Lisa worked for a print shop. Tonight, they're working on "Pressure." John thought it was a solid interpretation. Sheila thought they came back and did something great. Dicko cites Adam on focus, and saying that this performance was a lightyear better than last week's.

Halfway out of it, and we're ready for band number five... Sixwire! Andy never had to do anything out of music. Robb lived in a one-room apartment. Tonight, they're playing "She's Always a Woman". Get the lighters and the cell phones out, folks. John calls it awesome. Sheila calls it beautiful. Dicko: "Why would you sing such a woman-hating tome of misogyny like that?" Andy thinks that it's about celebrating all the different aspects of woman.

Five bands left, the one that's coming up next... Tres Bien!! They all made a sacrifice of not going to college. They all live at home. They all work dead-end jobs. It's this or nothing. Tonight, it's "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"... or nothing. John still thinks that they are his favorite, but they needed to go all out with urgency and energy. Sheila thinks that they're having fun, but as musicians, they did as much as they could do. Dicko thought it was sloppy. "Normally, I'd give you a pithy comment here, but my writer's on strike, so the best I got for you is... *raspberries, thumbs down*"

We got the idea. Tres Bien! was muy malo. Will the Clark Brothers be as muy malo? They're up next. They're all musicians on the road, and that's all they knew how to do. Today, they do "She's Got a Way". Perfect song for these guys. John gives it a standing O. Sheila calls it outstanding. Dicko: "Just fantastic."

We're down to the final three bands: The Muggs... Rocket... and Light of Doom. For two of these bands, the journey ends right here, right now. For the other, it's time to hit the stage...

The band that'll perform tonight... is... Light of Doom! The Muggs and Rocket have to rocket their muggs on outta here. Dicko puts it nicely: "Death by lead singer." Meanwhile... well, these guys are kids. They never had real jobs. Heh. They close the night with "The Stranger". Again, I've said it before... it's way too gimmicky, with the kids doing death metal. They're not up to it. John calls it their best performance, but they have to stay focused and stay humble. Sheila loves them. Dicko wants Light of Doom toys out for the Christmas rush. "Your voice is not where it need to be, but a lot of the older singers can learn a lot from you."

So to recap...

Headliners: Cliff Wagner & the Old #7, Denver & the Mile High Orchestra, Dot Dot Dot, Clark Bros.
Opening Acts: Franklin Bridge
Tending Bar: Tres Bien!, Light of Doom

But that's just what we think. It's all about you. Remember, one of these bands will NOT play next week. What did your votes do? We'll find out next time.