"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
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
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,
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
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.
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
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
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.