As the final five heads into the penultimate week, karmic vengeance continues to rain down on Dilana. Seems she tore a calf muscle during rehearsal. She mounts a stool and overcomes an apparent South African Who boycott from her childhood by singing "Behind Blue Eyes." The Supernovices also sing an original song after their covers tonight, and Dilana's is called "Supersoul." It supersucks. Gilby's criticism that Dilana's songwriting is too literal is actually fairly charitable of him, probably because she worked so hard hopping up and down that runway on her one good leg. Not kidding. Magni's cover is "Back In The U.S.S.R.," and he translated one of his songs, "Your Time Will Come." Icelandic musicians are kind of pissed, aren't they? Dave joins Storm on stage for "Suffragette City" and has a great time, and the guys all love her original, "What The What Is Ladylike." Even though something tells me that wasn't the original title. Lukas strums a solo 6/8 version of Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer," then follows that up with an original power ballad about his mom, "Head Spin." He totally gets away with both, even though he desperately needs a haircut. Toby does another song by The Killers, "Mr. Brightside," and follows up with a party-song original that sounds like a cautionary tale about all the booze you're supposed to be consuming while you listen to it. At the end, we get not just an initial bottom three, but a full early ranking: Toby, Lukas, Magni, Storm, and Dilana. And that's most votes to least. Tomorrow night's show should be interesting.
Brooke's pregnant, and we learn that you're never too young to be hit on by Tommy Lee, even if you haven't been born yet. Gross. Magni gets to sing a bland new Supernova song. Toby wins both the encore and a brand-new, product-placed vehicle, then actually dedicates his performance to his late compatriot, the Crocodile Hunter. This show just keeps getting weirder. Especially when it comes time to read the names of the Supernovices who spent any time in the bottom three during last night's voting, and all five of them end up standing. First in the bottom three is Storm, who moves both Jason and herself to tears with "Wish You Were Here" for her mom. Take that, Lukas! Dilana's next, and she hops around while turning "I Want You To Want Me" into a punk-rock novelty tune. And Lukas makes his debut in the bottom three, and is ballsy enough to try to save himself by repeating his original from last night. Seems to me like the penultimate week is the wrong time to pull a Zayra, but of course it's Storm who goes home, and Lukas is going to next week's finale with Toby, Magni, and Dilana. Try to act surprised.
Brooke's all dolled up tonight in a raggedy dress she whipped up from someone's abandoned prison stripes as she tells us that Supernova will choose their lead singer one week from tomorrow night. And a few days after that, I'll turn in my last recap of this show and take a very long nap. "Give it up for our final five," she says, as Magni, Toby, Dilana, Storm, and Lukas wave to the crowd. Brooke also introduces Supernova and Dave. And then she tells us that apparently getting booted off the show last week was the best thing that ever happened to Ryan, because his original solo songs are burning up the download charts already. Okay, one chart, and it's on MSN.com. Still, nice elimination choice, Supernova. Brooke says that there will be four Supernovices in the finale, so the pressure's on. Not as much as if tonight promised a double elimination, but I guess she has to say something.
Flashback to last week, when Dilana forgot the words to "Psycho Killer." She later interviews that the thinks she just mumbled the first two lines. At the post-show dinner, she's also beating herself up about it, while the other four are just so over her and her self-flagellating dramatics. She calls it "the worst performance of my life."
The next day, they all headed to a songwriting clinic with Gilby. "We rolled down to [product-placed guitar company] in those [product-placed vehicles]," Lukas sells out in an interview. Then we see Gilby and Toby sitting on a sectional sofa, Gilby with his guitar and Toby holding a microphone and singing. That seems like overkill for what amounts to two guys sitting in a living room. Gilby digs what Toby's done, and later interviews that Toby has a certain energy that Supernova needs (translation: we need a singer who doesn't have a subscription to Modern Maturity). Lukas, on the other hand, didn't do his homework, and we see him flipping through his notebook. Gilby interviews that Lukas slacked off because he knew he could get away with it. Don't worry, Gilby; I'm sure he'd never do that on a bottom three night. As for Dilana, she's decided to write a song about the crappy last couple of weeks she's had, thanks in part to you people. And me, I suppose. "Making judgments without cause" is one of the lines she sings. She interviews that it's about the "fans who vote for us on the internet. It's basically a 'fuck you' kind of song." Swell idea. That'll stop the fans voting for you for sure, and then you won't have that problem any more. Gilby's not impressed either, and he interviews that Dilana seems to have a literal streak and a limited imagination when it comes to lyrics: "If you're not bringing anything, what the hell do I need you for?" Wow, harsh. Sounds like we can add Gilby to the list of people who are over Dilana. I'll go this way and let you know when I reach the end of the line.