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.
Whoa, hold on; Ryan's going to try and actually have some fun tonight. He's doing "I Alone" by Live, and I'm a little disappointed that Toby didn't do it and prove me right. Ryan's fine, though, working the whole stage, walking sideways in a half-crouch through the bridge. There's a lot of diaphragm-holding and chest- beating, which kind of bugs. At the end of the bridge, he climbs up on the drum riser, then onto one of the actual drums before leaping off and staggering down the runway, knocking over the microphone stand as he goes. Nate the Drummer's going to kick his ass at the next rehearsal. And then at the end, Ryan actually smiles.
Dave busts out his "night and day" metaphor again, and now he's the one to call it someone's best performance yet. He adds that it "didn't feel forced," which I'm not sure I agree with, but anyway. Tommy tells Ryan that he picked the perfect song for his voice, and Gilby agrees: "When you got down and communicated with everybody?" Ryan does it again, and Gilby calls it Ryan's new move. Jason calls Ryan "brutha" and tells him, "Show us more of what you did tonight, and you'll be fine." If by "fine" he means "top ten." Brooke does her spiel, this time with a little crack that she's done it a hundred times by now. Tell me about it. Try recapping it differently every time. This time I can't even appreciate the fact that she's so amused by her own wit. And then she invites Gilby up to the stage. Gilby has the whole commercial break to make his way up there. Will he make it?
He made it. Gilby's ascent to the stage means Jill's next, with "Brown Sugar." You could argue that he puts his own stamp on the intro, or you could argue that it's barely recognizable. It's all a matter of perception. Jill goes back-to-back with him (or, more accurately, back-of-head-to-back), and then she and her tiny little miniskirt do their bar-band thing. It's hard to say how good it is, because Gilby's guitar and her voice are so loud here. They're evenly matched, at least. Also, Gilby's much more out in front that Jason was. Towards the end, Jill comes up behind Gilby and grinds her hips against him on the "Yeah, yeah, yeah, whoo" part, until Gilby just walks away from her and goes out to the end of the runway to finish the song. Heh. And then Jill comes up and does it to him again. If he really wants to avoid her, he needs to go where she'll never ever follow, which is offstage.