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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 7
November 16

Last time, eight bands rocked to the Piano Man, but in the end, The Muggs and Rocket were "Movin' Out". Now eight bands remain, having practiced to the tunes of Leiber & Stoller ("Hound Dog"). One of them won't even get to play.

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. And speaking of firsts, time to see who's first to the stage...

... Light of Doom! Mitchell is the 80s metalhead. Eric's always mad about something. Lucas is a good scatter. Will people say "Scat" after hearing "Jailhouse Rock"? John's speechless. The band admits that it's hard to relate to a song that's 40 years older than them. Daniel had an incredible solo and Mitchell wailed on the drums, according to Sheila. She wants them to quit the cursing, though. Dicko says it's a good song for them. "At least one of you will spend the night in a jailhouse." They're becoming more watchable. Me? I don't think so.

Second to the stage.... the Clark Brothers! Adam is not responsible. Ashley is the babysitter. Austin is cut-and-dry. Their next cut is "Saved". This was probably their best performance to date, and that says a lot. John asks them "Why do you hate drummers?" Seriously, though, it was "boom". Great. Sheila says "magnifico." She likes the passion that they bring to the stage. Dicko says that Ashley drove the tune. "Even a wretch like me feels closer to salvation."

Going to the green room... who's up in five... Dominic heads to the green room to talk with Dot Dot Dot about who's the style icon. That would be the women. The guys are all glam. And hey, guess what... You're next. Adam eats a lot. Rose is a ninja. Michael is the nerd. Stephan is the wheelman. "Love Potion No. 9" is the song. Good is the attempt. John says they pulled off playing a really goofy novelty song with dignity. Sheila thought that they were smart in using the girls. They're real musicians. Dicko calls it the second solid performance in a row, but Adam needs to inject some personality and work with the women as well.

Going back to the green room... the halfway players are... Cliff Wagner & the Old #7! Cliff does pretty much everything. Devitt is the right-hand man. They deliver "Poison Ivy"... A different flavor of bluegrass. Pretty doable. John thought they adapted the song well and pushed the boundaries. Sheila thought it was superb, but she agrees with John saying that it needed to be harder. Dicko says they have to be careful, but that's the second "soporific" version. They're going to have to get past the gatekeepers of the industry. They're going to have to prove that they're relevant.

Keeping it going. We're over the hump. Fifth up is... Denver & the Mile High Orchestra! Denver relishes in getting away with a little more than most. Justin on trombones likes to sleep in. Jeff on keys is the idea man. Here's an idea... play "Ruby Baby" before Justin goes to take a nap. That's nice and funky right there. Johnny doesn't think so. He thinks the funk skills are limited, and that Denver has to stop hiding behind the horns. Sheila agrees with me. They're playing outside the box. Dicko says that if he's going to buy soul funk, he's not going to buy it from "a bunch of super-straight white dudes in business casual."

Down to three bands. And the next one is... Sixwire! Andy is the money guy. John heads up PR. Robb is the mother hen. They try out a tune from the 80s, "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)." That was pretty well adapted for Andy's voice. John says that they're one of the strongest bands, but not the strongest. "It just felt like you were going through the motion." Sheila mentions that they were given the name "Sexy-Wire", but the song was anything but. Dicko compares Andy to Prince Charming from Shrek. "It's like a lukewarm bath. You play, chicks swoon. It shouldn't be hormone replacement therapy."

Last act of the night... is either Franklin Bridge... or Tres Bien. The final band to take the stage tonight.... is... TRES BIEN!. Which means that it's back to Franklin Bridge for Franklin Bridge. Sheila thought they made a mistake. "America got it wrong this time."

Meanwhile, Tres Bien! gets ready to play. Crowe is the mother. Ryan's the dad. Cody's the messy little brother. Mikey's the older obnoxious brother. Together, they're one big happy dysfunctional family. "This one's for Franklin Bridge." They play us out with "Some Other Guy." John thought it was great. Sheila thought people really like them, and wants them to have their own cartoon. Dicko thought it was a perfect song, but they look like the house band from Hairspray.

So to recap...

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

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.