"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...
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
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.