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25 years.

30 million records.

And no front man.

That's where you come in, world.

Recaps by Chico Alexander & Gordon Pepper, GSNN


FACT FILE:

Hosts:
Brooke Burke & Dave Navarro
Judges: Andrew Farriss, Kirk Pengilly, Jon Farriss, Tim Farris, Garry Beers
Creators: Mark Burnett, David Goffin
EP: Mark Burnett, David Goffin, Lisa Hennessy, David Edwards, Michael Murchison, Al Berman
Packager: Mark Burnett Productions
Airs: Sundays at 8p on VH1 and Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 9pm ET on CBS


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"Week Ten": September 11-14

The sexy spin machine that is Brooke tells us that this has been a Summer of Wonderful Music! Whee! She also says that the voting was up 40% (which is pretty simple, with only 10 people voting). With that, we spin our way to the 5 minute recap, featuring INXS loving everyone - except Mig. The only problem is that Mig has NEVER been in the bottom three.

This makes an interesting dilemma - should Mig not be in the bottom, then INXS can't get rid of him - which is something that Mig feels, as he is the only person who raises his hand

What about the second encore? Dave has noted that everyone has picked it - except the studio audience. So by audience applause, we hear that the opening act will go to...JD? Well, that's who the screaming girls want.

JD thanks them all and polls them for him to either perform 'Money' or 'Pretty Vegas'. The audience quite decisively goes for Vegas, and JD complies with an acoustic version of it. I'll say this for JD - he is an excellent performer and he has the vocal chops. Can he shrink the ego?

Marty thanks the crowd - and immediately gives props to Suzie, Mig and JD. He then polls the audience on the preference of acoustic or electric, adding that he will destroy a guitar that he happens to be holding if the crowd selects electric. Of course, the crowd eats this up and Marty obliterates the guitar. Touche', JD.

The performance is a blatant contrast from JD's effort. He's much more high energy and more polished, but yet the edge was much harder than JD, who brought a softer, yet straightforward song. Both singers are extremely talented, but they would both lead INXS in very different directions.

For the finale, each one gets a 2006 Honda Civic. You can have one too by going to a contest on MSN. Whoopie.

With that, we go to the video of what happened after the performances. JD was thrilled with his performance and Suzie thought that she was rocking out. Marty was surprised that he was hitting notes that he couldn't think he could hit, adding that this is close to the experience of his life. JD and Mig talk about how he hasn't been in the bottom three yet. Foreshadowing, foreshadowing, foreshadowing...

After rehashing the obvious - that one of the four will be leaving tomorrow (and not getting a Honda) and that a week from today, someone will be the leader of INXS, Dave talks to the contestants. Dave thanks Marty for letting him play trees, adding that the guitar that he smashed used to be a tree. Heh. Marty adds that it sucks that a bad performance now could end it for someone, but it's that pressure that is giving out high quality performances.

Time to talk to Mig, who says that he's on a winning streak. He says that he would want to sing an INXS song, but he'd be happier to wait until next week. We go to JD, who says hi to INXS. David notes that JD has finally stepped up and he asks if we've finally starting to see the best of JD, who responds by saying that what he has done and improved upon in 2 months is something that he'd like to do with them for the next 10-20 years.

David finally talks to Suzie, who's been there 5 times. He asks for advice on how to deal with the pressure. After joking that she can tell them where to stand, she says to give it all they've got. She says that she has other things that she can tell, them, but she needs to keep it to herself so that if/when she gets called to the bottom three, she can use that knowledge to kick their ass. Even Dave cracked a smile when she said that. Heh.

Brooke asks them how many people feel they are safe. No one raises their hands. At least they are learning. She reveals the early rankings to the 4, which are Marty, JD, Suzie and Mig. This, of course, was before the Australian consulate (or the whole continent) were ready to vote.

So who are the bottom three? Suzie is asked to join Brooke on stage and she is indeed one of the bottom three. The good news for Suzie is that this will be the last time she will be in the bottom three - because there will only be three left. Her song is 'Suicide Blonde'. She sings well enough, but the fact of the matter is that she has been down there now for 6 times, and that has got to be a major factor by now. After the performance, Suzie says that she went from performer that knows she has talent to someone who believes in herself and that she can take on the world. She may have a point - she does sing it very, very well, which means that it's going to be very hard to get rid of her if someone falters.

The second name on the list is...JD, who is told that he has been stronger every single week. Can he continue the strength with By My Side? They didn't pick an easy song for him, that's for sure, as he is VERY hard to understand him when he's on the low register. It's obvious that he knows his songs, but I liked Suzie's performance better. JD says that he was so bent on winning the competition that he lost his focus, and he thanks his friends for helping him on his way. I'm not sure if he has truly found his way yet...

So who is the last person in that bottom three? That person is...Mig, which means that Marty is going to the finale and he now has a Honda. Mig finally gets shot #1 with INXS, and his song is 'What You Need'. What he needs is a dynamite performance - which is what he gives, but I can't help but wonder if he screwed up a lyric or two in there. When asked about his development, Mig says that it was a trial-and-error in terms of his self-confidence, but he says that he realizes that he's been a winner and he's been taking every moment in and he's been learning every step on the way. That sounds more like a resignation speech than anything else.

This is an interesting decision to make. If you are going to get rid of someone based on overall body of music, then Suzie has to go. However, she gave the best performance of the evening. Can you get rid of Mig, who only wound up in the bottom three for the first time this week? What about JD, who's a hero in Canada but who polarized the American public?

It's decision time, so we'll find out right now. INXS says that it's a tough and agonizing decision, because everyone is so talented, adding that this one was agonizing. He also adds that in a week, they will be a band and it's about who is the right fit for them. They tell JD....that they will see him at the finale.

It's down to Suzie and JD. Suzie has had the tenacity to be there, while Mig, for his first time down there, totally delivered. Hence, Suzie is told that she isn't right for the band, and the look on her face showed that she was expecting as much.

Suzie thanks INXS for the opportunity and tells the final three to kick ass. INXS calls Suzie over for the final good-bye. While she does that, Marty, JD and Mig all convene to the center. Ladies and gentlemen, these are your final three.

So who wins? I think it's Marty's to lose, with Mig in second. You have to credit JD for trying, but he's bound to finish in the same place where most villains on a Burnett series finish - third.

Next week - the grand finale. Join us in 7 days to see who will finally get that job that's been needing to be filled for years.

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