"'Ello, mate!" Tommy cockneys. Toby almost responds normally, but then remembers to say, "How ah ya, mate!" That just gets more embarrassing every time. Tommy asks if everyone liked the performance. Surprisingly, they did. Gilby echoes my sentiments about Toby struggling in the opening, but doing better further along. Jason says that this was Toby's best performance so far. Why don't they just paste that in after every performance? Hell, for all I know, they did. Someone gives a "good on ya, mate," and Brooke does her thing again before commercial.
Making a whole not-my-type sandwich, Brooke sits between Storm and Zayra in the Nut Gallery as she introduces "The Iceman." From Magni's reaction as he waits onstage to start, you can totally tell that Brooke's the only one who calls him that. Anyway, he's singing "Heroes" by David Bowie, although it sounds more like the Wallflowers than David Bowie. Yes, it's an elusive double-cover! A rare beast in the rock world, indeed. His voice sounds nice, especially on the low, quiet opening verse and chorus. But he's also playing rhythm guitar, which confines him to that one spot behind the microphone stand. Worse yet, and even he looks bored.
Tommy's question, and I've been waiting for someone to ask this, is why Magni would "strap yourself to a guitar...and to a microphone" for a song about being a hero, which everyone wants. I think that would be a fair question no matter the song, and I'm surprised it took someone this ling to bring it up. Now, Magni has a couple of ways to play it here. He could be defensive and remark that lots of other people have done that, like Lukas, Patrice, Dana, Josh, and Jenny, twice. Okay, maybe that's not a good argument. Another option is to say that he wants to show his versatility, especially given that he's hoping for a slot in a band that's pretty short on guitars as it stands. Instead, he says, "I didn't wanna put on a blue spandex and run around," which would be a perfectly appropriate remark given that it's a song about heroes after all, except that he clearly punctuates it by gesturing to Zayra. Kind of a BjÃ«rk move there. Zayra just nods patiently, like, it's a fair cop. Jason says something about singing to everyone, and Magni says, "I was singing to somebody on the other side of the globe. I'll sing for the rest of you later." Gilby thinks that there's a right way and a wrong way, and that Magni went with the latter. I'd like to see one of the Supernovices try playing guitar while singing into a headset so they can move around. I know it's possible technically, but it's kind of a shame that Garth Brooks made it impossible artistically.