We’re down to five “rockers” now, so it’s time to double up. Everyone got two songs last night. The first was picked by the internet audience, usually to give a singer the chance to perform a song they couldn’t get earlier in the competition. The second was of their own composition. The results were interesting, especially for those who forgot the show’s catchphrase, “You’re not right for our band, INXS.”
J.D. led off with Nirvana’s “Come As You Are.” He remixed it a bit, relying on a slow rendition of the first three quarters of the song, and a harder rocking last bit. It was OK, but I think he let the slow part drag on too long. His original composition, “Pretty Vegas,” was a cool song, though. He even accompanied himself with a bullhorn at one point. Leave it to J.D. to come up with something new and completely different each week. Personally, I think he’s an arse, but when it comes to singing, he usually knows what he’s doing.
Suzie got sucked into balladville, first with Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” She’s got a great voice and delivered it well, but then matched it up with her own song (co-written with Ty a couple weeks back), which was also a bit slow. It’s not right for their band, INXS, although as one of the band members notes, it could be turned into one with a little tweaking.
MiG sang “Hard To Handle” entirely too fast, and then tried to perform his own tender ballad while still out of breath. It’s not a bad song, but it’s not right for our band, INXS. He tried to defend the original song by pointing out how well it fits the band, particularly their loss of Michael Hutchens. Wow, I can’t believe it took that long for someone to play that card. He also tried imitating J.D. a bit in thrusting his crotch at the studio audience. All those tight pants look very uncomfortable to me. This is why I’m not a rocker.
Jordis didn’t quite butcher “We Are The Champions,” but she did look tired through most of it. Her stage presence needs work, and Dave Navarro got to the point of asking her if she was burnt out of the competition. Her original song (co-written with Marty) was much better, even if you could hear Marty’s influence in parts of it very strongly. It’s a song that would work for our band, INXS, I think.
Marty wrapped things up in grand fashion, first with The Foo Fighters’ “Everlong,” which he performed acoustically to keep from screaming it. I thought that worked, even if he had to be annoyed to be sitting on the stool again. It was also a bit of a competition between he and Jordis to see whose pants were riding lower.
But it was Marty’s original song that won the night. Titled “Trees,” it’s a catchy little pop/rock song about being in love. It brought the house down, and guaranteed him the encore. It’s a song that INXS said they could hear on the radio today.
I think Jordis and MiG will be in trouble tonight — in fact, they both polled at the bottom in the early voting. Marty is safe. J.D. might be in the bottom three based on his attitude not winning him any votes. I’d put Suzie in there, though.
I think this is Jordis’ week to go. Dave’s comments might be what finally sinks her. Suzie will sink away next week. And it’s a toss-up between the remaining men. Will they want the more theatrical voice of MiG? The contemporary harder rock sound of Marty? Or the creative and occasionally whimsical J.D., who’d likely do a great job reinterpreting the back catalog? I have no idea.
You can watch all the performances from last night on the Rockstar: INXS web site.