Thankfully, we put Dilana’s bad week behind us last night. Well, we almost did. We brought it right back up again in the opening video package, before asking her about it in the interview section, and before bringing it back up yet again when she hit the bottom three. But NOW we’re past it for sure, until next week’s well-scripted “great comeback” comments from the band and Dave. (That’s just my prediction there.)
Supernova chose Lukas to play with them last night. As usual, the lights got cranked up and the video got processed to look like film. I think the song might have been OK, but I couldn’t understand a single word Lukas sang. He was so busy growling out the lyrics that they were impossible to make out.
Tommy Lee wore his shirt during the performance, which I thought was weird. As it turns out, the producers had to force him to wear it. Something about not showing pierced nipples on TV. . .
Toby got the encore, even though I thought there were at least three stronger performances the previous night. But, hey, the band is impressed with a guy who can pull up the audience hotties onto the stage with him.
Over the course of the overnight voting, everyone but Magni found their way into the Bottom Three, leading to one of the biggest mathematical blunders in reality TV since Ryan Seacrest couldn’t figure out where the comma was in the vote difference between Ruben and Clay. Brooke Burke said that, for the first time in the show’s history, we knew who the biggest vote-getter was. It had to be Magni. And he had to be leading the competition at this point.
No, it didn’t and he wasn’t. Just because Magni never fell into the bottom three doesn’t mean he got the most votes. It only means he was always in the top three. He might have been the consistent third-highest vote getter all night long, with different surges sending Lukas up and down, or Toby’s totals up and down. All we know is that at the end of voting, Magni was either the top vote getter, the second most popular, or the show horse.
Ryan was the first in the bottom three and so graced us with his version of The Who’s “Baba O’Reilly.” It was awful. His singing stunk. His stage presence was manic, but more in a desperate way than a good way. Maybe it was overconfidence at his newfound comfort on stage? He sprayed a bottle of champagne all around and then spent way too long climbing on speakers to sing from on high. The camera cut to a bored looking Gilby at that point. It was too many gimmicks in one performance. I felt sorry for the House Band, particularly the keyboardist, who has to hit way too many keys too quickly for too long in that song.
Storm fell to the stage next, running with The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter,” which Patrice did on stage not too long ago. Storm did a great job, I thought, culminating in a moment sitting on Tommy’s lap during the song. You could see Gilby trying to push her off before Tommy started enjoying the attention too much. I think Jason was busy hiding all the camcorders at the time.
Finally, Dilana found her moment in the bottom three, at last, telling Dave she’s not surprised because she screwed up. And we’re glad that’s all behind her now. She sang The Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer,” which made me happy. The lyrics fit her perfectly. Not the French ones, of course. She skipped over that verse completely.
She spent way too much time with her back to the audience, which made me wonder if she was having problems with the lyrics. It’s not like the lyrics follow a natural progression in the song. She could easily have swapped verses around and nobody would have noticed. As Gilby pointed out, she did seem a little lost at one point, but I liked it overall. She was back to being her normally possessed-looking thing, and it was a lot of fun.
Wow, two Talking Heads songs in one season. Another dozen turns like that, and the Heads might start competing with Nirvana for most-played band on this show.
I thought for sure we’d see the double eviction last night. And when Tommy Lee dropped the “Tommy-Hawk” directly on Ryan before sending anyone else off the stage as safe, I thought we had just witnessed the first half. Heck, Dilana and Toby stood on the stage waiting for something else to happen, only walking off after an awkward moment or two. (And that could be all editing. It might have been longer.)
Ryan took the dismissal Not Very Well at all, telling the band that, in essence, they’ll suck without him and that he’ll be on the rock charts with them soon enough. (Yeah, like Marty and the Lovehammers are on the Top 40 next to INXS right now. . .) He looked like he was about to pout, and couldn’t even bring himself to thank the band for their time, though he did thank Dave Navarro for his support. Again, it might all be in the editing. But he didn’t come off well with his eviction.
The other five contestants are off to a Supernova Song Writing clinic this week, and hopefully we’ll see some of the results from that on the webisode or on TV next week.