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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


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


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"Week Two": July 18-20, 2005

Okay, it's performance night, and here's Brooke Burke to hand the stage over to the remaining 13 singers. Once again, the world and INXS will decide.

First up, singing "What I Like About You" by the Romantics, here's Chicago's very own Marty Casey!

What they say: Dave likes the stage presence. Jon agrees. Kirk just calls it "awesome".

What we say: Not exactly his best performance, as I don't even think that he knows what he's doing. Could be a help though, given the song. Now if he can just get out there a bit more :)

Last week was Daphna's birthday, so as a gift, Heather gives her the song that she was going to sing. That said, here to sing "I Hate Myself for Loving You" by Joan Jett, from NYC, it's Daphna Dove!

What they say: Dave wishes Daphna a happy birthday, calling himself a fan and saying she did a kickass job. Tim loved the kick, but says that she needs to extend herself.

What we say: Sure looks good. Sure sounds good. She just oozes sex appeal. She owned that song. But the little curtsey at the end... I didn't get it.

Last week, Ty had TWO kick ass performances. Going for number 3 with The Killers' "Somebody Told Me", here's LA's Ty Taylor!

What they say: Dave cites Ty on his "theatre experience". Andrew says that he needs to keep in mind that he's looking for a band. Kirk wants to see something "diverse".

What we say: One... two... THREE! Ty has come to win. He's definitely a favorite.

Now we go to the bottom of last week, as Suzie wanted to prove herself to the band. She got another chance, and she's using it with "Roxanne" by the Police. From the TO, here's Suzie McNeil!

What they say: Dave says she nailed it. Andrew said the style improved, while the song was sang with due seriousness. Tim says that she did herself proud.

What we say: Not the best song choice. But kudos to Suzie for trying to make the best of a bad situation. In the end, though, she's just killing the song here. Like *raspberries*.

Last night, he was stumbling through the lyrics of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way." Tonight, we'll see how his all-nighter fares. From Sydney, Australia, here's Mig Ayesa!

What they say: Dave calls it unbelievable. Garry says it was funky. Tim says he's excited.

What we say: Listening with a cautious ear here... Now I'm watching. Seems like he was spending all of his time trying to remember the lyrics, and forgot how to move on stage! And the fall down... uh, man down?

The next song from Neal had to have some melody, said our resident rockers. So Neal took his prize from last show and went to town on the "Summer of '69" by Bryan Adams. From Queens, here's Neal Carlson!

What they say: Dave wanted to see something different, and he got it. "To see you stand there and deliver that song was right on." Garry questions whether or not Neal got it right.

What we say: Off-pitch. Seriously. Definitely in trouble.

A few acts ago, we saw vocal diversity and and surprising generosity from Heather. How is she going to change it up tonight? Performing "It's Only Rock'n'Roll" by the Stones, from the United State of Atlanta, here's Heather Luttrell!

What they say: Dave calls her sweet and sexy, wanting to curl up into her cocoon. Tim says that she gets better.

What we say: Nailed it. Had just the right amount of bluesy rasp to grasp that song.

Last week, JD got an encore for "California Dreaming". This week, he's got duty with a fellow Canadian's hit, Alanis Morissette's "Hand In My Pocket". From New Glasgow, NS, here's JD Fortune!

What they say: Dave calls JD on the masculine arrangement, saying that it reminded him of "Faith" by George Michael. Andrew said it worked. Garry says that he has the most focus on the prize. Meanwhile the rest of the rockers are looking at JD's comment that "while the rest are learning INXS songs, I know them, because I love them" like "What the hell..."

What we say: Another interesting twist on an old favorite, and JD gives it due justice. One of the best, if not the best of the night.

So as we come out of break, country almost spelled death for Toronto's Tara, so she takes out Black Sabbath's "Paranoid". Here Tara Sloan!

What they say: Dave asks her "What made you pick that song?" Tara says that it's just one of the best metal songs ever. "And it slightly different from 'Take It Easy.'" Andrew & Tim give her props as well.

What we say: Tara... Ozzy Osbourne you ain't. That was way too forced, and you know it.

Song selection was a factor in this next act, as Deanna gave up what she really wanted to do (which Daphna did). Now she's trying her damnedest to feel "The One I Love" by REM. From Kingston, a town Vickers knows all too well, here's Deanna Johnston!

What they say: Dave thought about the different moves in emotion. Tim didn't think it was the best performance. Andrew wanted more of the softer side of the song.

What we say: Very mellowed out version to start. She made it work then. The emotion and the band were in sync from there on. But something didn't quite work, and I think Andrew nailed judgment on this one.

From REM to Hoobastank, as we get another favorite, a strong one amongst the females. From St. Paul, MN, singing "The Reason", here's Jordis Unga!

What they say: Dave didn't really like that song... until now. Jon likes the way she looks, sings, and pitches, even when pushes. Kirk says, "Big hair, big belt buckle, big voice, big future."

What we say: Weak to start, but recovers nicely. Form there, she doesn't let up, and it shows, as she makes the song hers. That's what's gonna get you the prize. And having the rest of the rockers behind you won't hurt either.

Two more rockers, one... a cloner. Will she step it up with Jimi's "Purple Haze"? Let's find out. From Chi-town, here's Jessica Robinson!

What they say: Dave wants to know about song choice. Jessica says it was different. Garry calls the song choice brave, but not as different.

What we say: Just what the hell is she looking at? Audience... over here. Aside from that, it was just same old, same old. Sure she did something different, but damn, was it safe or what?

Last song, as Daniel Boone takes the stage for Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama". On guitar from Beaverton, MI, here's Brandon Calhoon! And he's not wearing any shoes tonight either. Could be a good sign...

What they say: Dave thought it was a great song for him. "Two words to add... Brandon Calhoon." Kirk thought timing was better this week, wanting him to lose the guitar for next week.

What we say: He has the look, the sound, and the attitude of the quintessential old-school rocker. I love this performance, it's among the best tonight. Intonation's a tad off, though.

After this episode, I am convinced that Brooke Burke is the worst thing to happen to the word "Rock" since the dude who invented the Pet Rock. But what's the best thing to happen to this stage tonight?

ROCK STARS: Brandon, Ty, Suzie, Jordis, JD
ROCK SOLID: Daphna, MiG, Deanna, Heather
BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE: Jessica, Neal, Marty, Tara

Seems like three of the four earned definite slots at the bottom, but which three? That's for you to decide.

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