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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 Three": July 25-27, 2005

We started with 15 wannabe rockstars. Today, we're down to 12. Now it's time see what they can do on stage. Brooke notes that each performer is one bad performance away from saying goodbye. How will that affect tonight's performances, though? Let's go to the stage.

First up, a girl who can do no wrong. Last week, she proved that she can do rock, grunge, AND ballads. Singing something completely different, "Gimme Some Lovin'," here's Jordis Unga!

What they say: Dave calls her on the dropped line... "But who cares? You made it work." Tim also calls it... "but you still pulled it off. Outstanding."

What we say: She was taking notes during the stagecraft clinic, but she should've taken notes during the lyrics clinic. Oh well, at least she got some lovin' from the INXS dudes.

Next performer stared down the bullet twice only to get back up both times. It's time for some "Superstition." It's time for Suzie McNeil!

What they say: Dave says that she looks hot. "You have grown so dramatically." Andrew likes the harmonica and the fact that Suzie can listen to the band's ideas.

What we say: "C'mon, let's get funky!" Yeah, that was real funky alright. And for what it's worth, she's got some dangerous hips. Ouch. Heh. Will it be enough to save her from the danger zone this time? It'll be a close call. But one thing's for sure... nice harmonica job.

Last week, you put the next singer in the zone of no name, but she fought her way back for more. Will she revisit that ill-begotten zone? Let's see what Jessica Robinson can do with "Because the Night". Preface: I never liked this song.

What they say: Dave's gotten used to seeing the dancer, but this week, she delivered the song and was way more successful... BUT she was also very pitchy. Still, "Vast improvement."

What we say: Jessica didn't make me like that song any more than usual. She looked really uncomfortable up there. And the tone really wasn't there. And she touches herself a little too much. You're either overcompensating or being Celine Dion... either way, you're in a world of hurt.

Another risk taker on deck, as we see the Thunder from Down Under take on a self-arranged "Lola". From Sydney, here's Mig Ayesa, who begins the performance by saying "London, be strong," referring to that week's bus bombings. That's class right there. It'll get'im a few votes.

What they say: Dave thought that it felt like a strip show, but he gets the girls screaming, and he gets the job done, albeit without some abandon. Andrew says he's got control, and wants to see what he can do with some vodka in his system. And there goes the shirt. "That's more abandon!"

What we say: I like the reggae mixup on this. Another born performer here, as Mig makes the song his own. Not a bad prance either.

Last week, it was our next singer and his guitar. This week, it's just our next singer. Time to see if Brandon Calhoon can get "Tempted". Here he is.

What they say: Dave says he has character, and the timbre was perfect, but the pitch was all over the place. Jon says he struggled. "Just relax." Kirk notes that they have a vocal clinic coming. IF he can survive that long.

What we say: Another lyrics flubber. Ugh. And the tone was all over the place. This song is melody driven, and he's having problems comprehending that. That will cost him, I believe.

Energetic stage presence and vibrant vocals... sounds like only one person, but can Ty Taylor prove that he is the whole package with "Everybody Hurts"? Let's watch.

What they say: Dave thinks he saw someone who wants to be a member of INXS. Garry calls it awesome and "an example of what happens when a great singer meets a great song."

What we say: The tone... Check. The pitch... Check. The mood... Check. Ty is indeed la package totale. Although he sounds more suited to the American Idol crowd, not the rock crowd... But then again, that's just me. I think he was right on. Call it four for four.

Next up... Butterfly girl. Tonight, the butterfly goes after "If It Makes You Happy." Here's Heather Luttrell.

What they say: Dave says he's used to Heather's "Atlanta Heat"... and he didn't feel it. Heather says she was sick. Kirk said it was "very shaky" and hopes that it's due to being sick.

What we say: Pitchy and painful. She's gone from the highest of highs last week to in deep doo-doo this week. Probably because she's sick, I don't know.

Boldness and creativity = game on for JD Fortune, as he tries to muster his way through "We Are The Champions." The proper version. Thank you, JD.

What they say: Dave gives props to... the house band. As for JD... he wasn't THAT much less cocky... until he points out that "it was for everyone." Jon notes that he was off, but brave choice of song. JD blames it on his sister, whom he hasn't seen in two years. Garry believes that he didn't so the song proper justice.

What we say: Stared off ... well, off. Continued better, but not by much. JD holds it together, but it's not up to his snuff.

After making a deal that almost backfired last week, our next performer gets her own choice of song. That song... an unplugged "Give A Little Bit". That singer... Deanna Johnston.

What they say: Dave thinks that she had something special, but this wasn't "all the way strong." Andrew thinks that she doesn't know the full strength of her voice. Jon says "You have a great voice. Just trust it."

What we say: Reminds me of Melissa Etheridge, but not. It's not half bad, but at the same time, I know she can do better. She knows how to play the crowd up, though.

Next up, a chick with three solid performances under her belt. Can she muster a fourth? We'll see as we see Daphna Dove "Rock the Casbah".

What they say: Dave says she looks phenomenal, but she couldn't show off her range, doing her a disservice. Tim wasn't pleased. Jon shoots straight.... "You just murdered that song."

What we say: A full-length ballroom to sing "Rock the Casbah"... I am now confused. Aside from that, the chorus was one note off, and it just threw the whole chorus into disarray.  Other than that, it was okay. But scared money don't make money.

Down to two more rockers. The first up, two-time bottom 3er Tara Sloan tries to avoid danger with "Suffragette City".

What they say: Dave calls the performance "a little cute." Garry thinks she loves the song.

What we say: Props to doing something different and getting the crowd up on their feet. But she seems to be doing more performing and less vocalizing. You need to do both in harmony if you want to get the job done.

Dave believes that the music of Nirvana is sacred, so if Marty Casey knows what's good for him, he won't mess "Lithium" up. He better not. I love that song.

What they say: Dave just says "Great performance. I don't think it was vocally your best performance." Garry notes the power you generate by standing still. "I thought you pulled it off very well." Jon digs it, saying that he's in sync with the band.

What we say: Is it me or does he look eerily like Kurt Cobain? Anyway, he sure does the song proper justice. Think Marty gets the performance of the night award. Meanwhile, here's how everyone stands up today...

ROCK STARS: Jordis, Mig, Ty, Marty
ROCK SOLID: Suzie, Deanna, Tara
BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE: Jessica, Mig's shirt, Brandon, Heather, JD, Daphna

But what did you say? Time for... the results.

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