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INXS is looking for a new lead singer, and they have 15 rockers who just might do the trick.

Recaps by Chico Alexander & Gordon Pepper, GSNN


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
Packager: Mark Burnett Productions
Airs: Mondays at 9:30p and Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 9pm ET on CBS

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"Week One": July 11-13, 2005

It's time for the first singer to leave us. Awwwwwwww. We get the introduction from Brooke and the quick synopsis of yesterday's episode. We also find out what's at stake, as Dave says that playing up against 250,000 people is the difference between a pop singer and a rock star. That's not a huge dig at American Idol now, is it?

Dave calls J.D. to the stage. Is he one of the bottom three? No, because the band doesn't know how the audience voted. Instead, they loved what he did and they want him to do an encore of California Dreaming. I wouldn't mind him being in the bottom three, but he apparently isn't, so we have to see him a bit more for next week. We are also subjected to him bouncing around for the next 3 minutes.

So if he's not at the bottom, who is? Brooke has the names in an envelope, and they are in no particular order. Those three are...Will, Tara and Suzy. Everyone else is safe, while Brooke said that it's what the public wanted.

Was that what the band wanted? David was surprised that Suzy is in the bottom three. The band says that either the singers don't have what it takes, or they had a bad night. To figure out which is which, the singers will each be performing an INXS song of the band's choosing, and the band will determine, based on this, who will be leaving.

Dave (who sounds incredibly wooden while reading off of the cards), explains the rules, and the band tells Tara to sing 'New Sensation'. Remember when I thought So much for that big Canadian base. Still, she sounded good, and I think that what she did tonight (which was better than last night) is going to be good enough to stick around.

Next up is Will. John Fariss wants him to work the room with 'Need You Tonight'. He is told to not work on the first row and to work on the whole audience. He works on...a girl in the first row, plus he's more mumbling then singing. There is no way that he should escape week #1.

The only way that happens is if Suzy screws up her lyrics - which she's a lready done. Will she do it again with 'Never Tear Us Apart'? Well, she does mangle a lyric and she did not have a strong start, but she recovers quite nicely and belts out some strong notes in the middle of the piece. Her potential in the end of the song was better than Will's complete performance, so I have a feeling that Will is gone.

But it's not my opinion that counts. Tara is told that she can rock and she picked up her performance...BUT they aren't sure if it's enough. They told Will that his performance wasn't improved to what they asked. Suzy was told that she nailed it and to go back to the safe crowd of people, which she does. With that, they say to Will, 'I'm sorry, but you're not right for our INXS.'

With that, he's gone. Dave congratulates him for coming this far. Will says that they are all incredible and he hopes that this gets blown up. Well, with the ratings the way they are, it could very well blow up, but not what he thinks.

INXS tells Will that he is still a great talent, and they want to come all down and get him a proper sendoff. They all come down and hug and chat. AwwwBarf.

With that, the first week is over. Join us on Monday as Chico stars up with week 2.

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