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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


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: Sundays at 8p on VH1 and Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 9pm ET on CBS

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"Week Five": August 7-10, 2005

Your eyes are not deceiving you. Due to a hit in ratings, VH1 has decided to snipe the Monday episodes out from CBS, so here we are on a Sunday night with nine singers waiting to see what their next challenge is.

Brandon believes that he's a little bit out of his element trying to tie everything in to the total package. "I'm going to work my ass off to try and not be there again." Ty also realizes that he didn't do a good performance last week, but there's something more, as he finds confusion in wondering what, as the sole African-American on the show, he is there to represent. Said confusion brings Ty to tears as he thinks such a comparison is unfair. Mig feels the same way as the only Australian here. Both plan to work as hard as they can.

Meanwhile... shh, duck down! Here comes Jordis.... "SURPRISE! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" Marty said that Jordis made a wish when she blew out her candles and that her wish appeared about five seconds later. That wish... her boyfriend.

The next morning, the rockers went over to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for a clinic on working the press. Dave and Tim have set up a press junket to see how the rockstars will handle the pressure of the media. And by the way... the words they say will be in print, so be afraid... be very afraid.

Dan Dunn of Metro Newspapers, Jenny Cooney of TV Week Australia, Tina Dirmann of Star Magazine, will do the interviewing. Not much insight is revealed (actually, PLENTY is revealed, but you knew all about their insight already), but a touching off point is reached when Mig reveals that the hardest person to live with has been JD. JD contends that he's not so much hard to live with as he is misunderstood.

Back in the ballroom, all is revealed. Brandon tended to go on a bit. The press look for sound bytes. Try not to ramble. Ty is very honest. But perhaps the biggest shock: how many of the singers answered the question "If your mother died on the night of a gig, would you still go to the gig?" "If a family member died," Dave said, "I'm going home." JD thought that the joke was on him. "The press will take on exterior things."

"Hey rock'n'rollers," Brandon says the next day, "The reason why we are all here, baby, is in the billiards room right freaking now!" Yep, it's song choice time. Today up for pickings: "Mr. Brightside" (The Killers), "No Woman No Cry" (Bob Marley... and it goes to Ty, no questions asked), "Crazy" (Seal), and "Losing My Religion" (REM, which Suzie wants to do three part a cappella with the band). JD helps Suzie with that, even though he's not supposed to. Meanwhile, Jessica and JD are fighting for "Come As You Are" (Nirvana). Jessica creates a low blow with JD wanting to take a risk, citing "We Are The Champions" from two weeks ago. In the end, JD will take whatever. He doesn't want to rock the boat. He'll take what is left, in an effort to "kill them with kindness."

So JD gets "Crazy". Good on him. "The best way to get rid of an enemy is to make him a friend, and tonight I did that."  Mig thought the song suited him. "He's kinda crazy, isn't he?" Mig admits that he was the one who said that JD make him feel uncomfortable. "I felt like a Judas today," he says to him. Citing his tattoos, JD responds by saying "Sometimes we're just... being ... human. But we're always human beings."

Time to practice. Jessica's stomach hurts. "I'm a little hung over from last night." Paul doesn't like. Meanwhile Marty tries "Mr. Brightside." He loves it. Paul notes that Marty took control. Suzie rearranged "Losing My Religion." Why does she want to change it? "It's not about being crazy, it's about being creative." Will it crash and burn? We'll find out in 48 (not 24) hours.


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