The first bitch of the evening is Lukas, doing "Bittersweet Symphony" by the Verve. He's wearing a straitjacket like it's a Members Only, as well as a guitar that he's not playing. I always find that so distracting. He's still growling and snarling like always, even though the vocal coach on the webisode a couple of weeks ago told him that he needs to quit doing that. I don't know why he stays behind the microphone stand the whole time; he could slide the guitar up his back and walk around cordless for the first verse and chorus if he really wanted to. Unless, of course, he's worried about the guitar's head dragging on the stage. Anyway, after the chorus, Lukas sings the opening line all alone, isolated in one spotlight on an otherwise darkened stage, and then the band blows up for the coda, full lights and all, as Lukas finally starts strumming. Not that you can hear his guitar at all. That's the only problem with having such a tight House Band; it's hard to gauge the value of the Supernovices' contribution to the overall sound whenever they join in on guitar. Lukas sings the line about the only road he's ever been down a couple of times, and then he's done. Toby, Storm, and Magni are the only Supernovices to get to their feet for the ovation, and I don't think Storm counts because she always does that.
Dave compliments Lukas his look and the lighting. Relevant. Tommy says that he would have done it the exact same way. "Nice jacket," he adds. Tommy probably has seven of them. Jason repeats his comment from a couple of weeks ago, which is more or less about how Lukas sings like his necktie is too tight. Lukas looks like he has no idea what to do with that, but manages to recover in time to acknowledge his applause. When you're Lukas, adulation makes everything better.
Brooke introduces Zayra by saying she's been "flirting" with the bottom three each week, but hey, at least her smart mouth is making her popular on MSN.com That must be quite a consolation. Tonight she's doing Blondie's "Call Me." And I wish she weren't. She's out there onstage all decked out in boots and this absurd blue rubber jumpsuit with an American flag on one shoulder and the middle cut out, like an astronaut from the planet Ipex or something. And it's Zayra back in Zayra form, which is to say, bad. As always, her voice is shrill, and the notes on the page are interpreted as vague suggestions. Jason, is, as always, blinded by her look. There's more of that dancing she does where she's all elbows and shoulders, like Elizabeth Berkeley in Showgirls but without the discipline. Gilby just cackles at her as she performs. Even Jason by this point is like, "Oh, dear, no."
Dave briefly bonds with her in Spanish that even I can understand, and then takes off the gloves: "My recommendation to you is to get started on a solo career, like, right now." Even Zayra can tell that she's just been dissed. As for me, I think Dave is too kind; my recommendation is for Zayra to get started on an accounting career. Gilby thought that she was great the week before, but now, "You lost me again." Zayra turns to the plays the "what did you guys think?" card, which didn't even work for Justin. Tommy is, once again, all about the look: "The last time I saw an outfit like that, I woke up with bite marks and boot marks all over me." Zayra almost blushes, and Dave makes a crack about interplanetary travel. Brooke joins Zayra, and before giving the voting spiel, she tells her, "I think you look amazing tonight." That must be quite a consolation, coming from somebody who apparently has no lights in her dressing room. Oh, and don't forget that Gilby will be onstage later!