Dave says that he appreciates Lukas's new "emotional, powerful, heavy-handed side." I'm not sure Dave is clear on the meaning of "heavy-handed," but Lukas is always happy to take a compliment. Dave says the song made him visualize a stadium full of lighters. Except apparently now the kids do it with cell phones. Don't look at me; the last arena show I went to was The Who. Hey, shut up, it was 1998. I'm not that old. Dave does a little "creaky old man" bit because, as I recently learned, he's even older than I am. Of course, only one of us is in any kind of shape to be always leaving his shirt open on network TV. Bastard. Tommy isn't sure if he liked it, so he has to ask the audience. It seems they do. I don't know, it's hard to tell. They're not exactly tough to please. "Woo hoo! There's still air in the auditorium! Rock on!" Gilby says that watching Lukas perform inspires him. Lukas gives a triumphant roar and starts to leave the stage, but then remembers that he has to stand next to Brooke while she gives us his voting numbers. No rest for the wicked.
Toby's the last to go tonight, and he's doing another Killers song. That worked out well for him last time, I seem to recall. He sings the first verse from behind the mic stand, letting us all enjoy the tight close-up on his face. He only does half of the prechorus before going into the chorus and letting the audience sing the line, "I'm Mr. Brightside." Then at the end of the second chorus, he does the other half of the prechorus. Clever, that. He has fun with the up-tempo, energetic song, as always, because he's Toby.
After that's done with, Toby brings the room down fairly abruptly. "Does anyone ever feel like they're not in their own skin?" Dude, heavy. "Particularly after a weekend of getting really wasted?" Whew, that's a relief. But shouldn't he have said "pissed"? Anyway, his original song is even faster than the one he just sang, and with a lot more words, of not nearly as many notes. Every other line of the verse has this "Oh, oh, oh, oh-oh-oh" call-and response thing following it, which is quite catchy. Toby's jumping all around the stage during the chorus. Then he realizes that he's spent way too much time on the actual stage, and dashes back to the no man's land between the main floor and the bleachers, and from there to the platform next to the judges' dais. He stays there all the way through the second chorus, Rafael's guitar solo, and one last verse. He even keeps singing when Tommy sneaks up behind him and tries to pants him. Toby doesn't miss a beat, even as he pushes Tommy to arm's length and holds on to his jacket for a moment. Then for the end, he dashes back to the Nut Gallery, where they mob him at the end of the song.