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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 5
November 30

Last time, six bands took to the stage, but one of them was not Cliff Wagner & the Old #7. Tonight, five bands will take the same stage to the tunes of Rod Stewart... but one of them will not be "sexy" enough to even get to sing.

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...

... Dot Dot Dot! Their influences were the Beatles, the Eagles, Genesis, and Motley Crue. And Rose's father. They lead off the show tonight with "Young Turks". Johnny knew they were going to do that song. This was their song from go, the best performance. Sheila says that they come back with lots of energy. She needs Adam to come with his vocal. "It's got to be a pocket. The energy's there, but there's a level. You guys need to concentrate on the tempos." Dicko calls the song a call to arms and a story, but the band didn't tell the story. And as for the dual keyboards: "It doesn't seem to be worth the labor." They did work on what the judges told them about.

Next up... Denver & the Mile High Orchestra! Inspirations for Denver's orchestra: his father, a conductor. Trombonist Justin was a music director for his church. Denver likes Huey Lewis & The News. DMHO go into "Baby Jane" tonight. John says Denver pushes his performance a lot, and that it was great to hear the guitar player finally. "You really owned that performance." Sheila: "I love you guys so much! Real musicians, a real band. I'm so happy every time you guys make it another week." Is it difficult to pick a perfect song? "It's difficult every single week to try to make it your own." Dicko loved it... to a point. Right tone, right energy, but they've got to meet the new fans halfway. "As a result, the chorus was thrown away. If at 62 Rod the Mod is too sexy for Denver, you're not going to enjoy Pussycat Dolls night next week."

Who's up in the middle this week? Up the gut is... Sixwire! Andy likes Glen Campbell, the others, Eagles and Boston. They deliver a fan favorite... "Hot Legs". John called it muscular. "I can't do bass solo, dude." Sheila saw fire. Each of them were feature, but again, the bass solo was kinda weird. Dicko said that they're fun when they let their head down. He says that the bass solo is illegal in some states. "Whenever you platy, it's like a musical masterclass, and here's recess."

We're down to three bands... The one that will join the round of five next is... The Clark Brothers! They're all influenced by bluegrass and gospel. Ashley first heard the Beatles at 16. They go with the obvious choice, "You're In My Heart." John was moved by that choice, hearing an emotional attachment. "A song like that will make guys hate you and women love you." Sheila... is crying. She's speechless. "It's overwhelming, and this is what my life is about, and I thank you." Dicko calls it fabulous, albeit not as sing-along as the original. "You brought something magical. I want you guys to improve so much." A real quick "what we say"... Give them the deal right now.

And the crowd is going crazy for Light of Doom right now. It's either going to be them or Tres Bien!. Last week, Light of Doom was sensitive. Tres Bien's judgment: Michael was the strongest front man in the competition. Michael: "That's not true, I can only bench press about 90 pounds."

The last band... to perform... and close the show.... tonight.... is..... LIGHT OF DOOM? Wha?!

Dicko says that Tres Bien has the fortitude to learn a lot from this and get a deal on their own. John tells them to just run with it, get in a van, and play crappy clubs all over America.

Back to the Light, who were influenced by John Entwisle from the Who, Bootsy Collins, Iron Maiden, Tommy Lee, and Eddie Van Halen. They thrash the stage to close with "Infatuation." John says that they've been reaching out to more fans every week, and praises them for getting their vocal act together. Sheila agrees on the vocals. Dicko thought that this song was easier for this band. "A good song for you."

So to recap...

Headliners: Dot Dot Dot, the Clark Brothers
Opening Acts: Denver & the Mile High Orchestra, Sixwire.
Tending Bar: Light of Doom

The four best undiscovered bands in America.... and Light of Doom. One of these bands will NOT play next week. What did your votes do? We'll find out next time.