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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, Al Berman
Packager: Mark Burnett Productions
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"Week Five": August 7-10, 2005

Was it just me, or was I having an Extreme Dodgeball flashback?

So why do I say this? Because we saw the bottom three live - from a taped show. Just a reminder, the bottom three when the show ended was Deanna, Brandon and Jessica. Of course, this is a blatant bias, because by telling the audience this, you'll get people who supported these people to go in. Sure enough, as the night progresses, two more people during the night joined them in the bottom three - Suzie and JD.

Dave said that he was surprised that Suzie joined them into the bottom three. The band talks to them quickly, then shifts judgment from them to the people who impressed them - the acoustic Marty and the redeemed Ty. Ty gets to do his encore, and it sounds pretty darn good.

Back to business. Of course, you can't have 5 people in the bottom three. The two people who escaped the bottom were...JD and Deanna. Hence, Suzie (who's been there before) joins Brandon (who was just there last week) and Jessica (who can pretty much call that place her second home) and they will also be giving encore performances - but for the wrong reason.

Garry and Jon from INXS will be joining the band. Jessica will be joining them first with 'Disappear', which may be a very appropriate song. Jessica puts on a very good performance. I will say this - I think with her third time at the bottom will probably be her last, but she sang well enough that she could escape should someone else royally screw it up.

Brandon hopes that he won't be that person as he sings 'Don't Lose Your Head'. Unfortunately, that's exactly what he does. On the first time around the song, he stops singing and he ad libs. On the second verse, after the chorus, he scats a lot and he creates a brand new song for us. I don't know what the lyrics are, but I do know that the lyrics that he does sing are not the lyrics that are in the song. Oops.

INXS was VERY surprised to see Suzie at the bottom. She sings 'Bitter Tears' and barring her making up her own song, she won't be eliminated. Actually, based on what Brandon did, she probably could make up her own song about horny rabbits and still be safe. She does no such thing and she does put up a very nice performance. The audience went nuts afterwards - but then again, this audience also went nuts for Brandon's best impression of Milli Vanilli.

Let's see - we know that Suzie is in no danger. We know that Jessica has now been in the bottom three a bunch of times, but she will get saved due to Brandon's song mutilation. INXS is going to make it shorter this evening (Hallelujah). They send Suzie back to the group, they send Jessica back up to the group and they send Brandon to the showers. Brandon playfully yells at them and asks how they could give him 'Don't Lose Your Head'? Well, that song was appropriate, wasn't it?

Dave says that Brandon is going to be missed. Brandon thanks INXS for their help and we have the usual band love for the departed contestant. AwwwwBleagh.

So where does everyone stand?

Top 4 - Ty, Jordis, Marty, Mig
Mid 2 - JD, Deanna
Bottom 2 - Suzie and Jessica (who has been there for 30 years now)

We'll have more of my opinions on what INXS did with the ratings on Friday. We'll have more of this competition next week.

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