So then Dilana's outside dashing around the pool, sporting nothing but her tattoos and a digitized blur bikini. What's funny is that looking like this, she would still set off an airport metal detector. "Payback was definitely a bitch," Dilana later interviews. Patrice says to Toby, "That's the best smile you've had all day." Toby raises his beer -- a pint glass in a can cooler, which is at least eight kinds of classy -- and confesses, "I don't actually want that song." Ha! Man, if Dilana were as bad at singing as she is at strategizing, she'd be...well, she'd be Zayra.
Later, Storm sits on her bed with her acoustic guitar, trying to figure out how she's going to sing "Cryin'" and being pissed at herself for giving in again and taking everyone else's leavings. But then, fortunately, her product-placed cell phone with music downloading capability makes it all better. Thank you, product-placed cell phone! "It's hard to sing, but it's an awesome song and I will crush it," Storm promises.
Back in the auditorium, Dave wants to mention something before they start analyzing the footage, and that is that the panel has a fifth member tonight. Butch Walker is back? No, it's Gilby's dog, Chopper. "What up, dawg?" Dave asks the black bulldog, which is less embarrassing than the fact that Chopper gets a subtitle: "CHOPPER: Supernova - Mascot." Poor puppy. Although it was nice of Gilby to wait until Zayra was gone instead of subjecting Chopper's ears to her special brand of hypersonic racket. But on to the Supernovices. Dave asks Storm why she gave in yet again. Storm says that she's just too nice. "Usually I put other people first," she says, then admits that's not so great in a competition. She also says, "You love these people and you want them to rock out, too." Good answer -- that's the kind of person you want to be in a band with. "And," Storm adds, "I'm not scared to sing anything." Dave says that's quite apparent, but I think she's exaggerating. I dare her to attempt some Rammstein the first time she's in the bottom three.
Dave moves on to Ryan, and asks him to say more about his claim that his song is right for Supernova. Ryan says that he's got lots of different sounds; he played in a rock band for years, and has been doing solo/piano for the last year (which we saw a few weeks ago, as you'll recall), and says that he wants to show that he can do a harder song. Way to not answer the question. Even so, Dave turns his attention to Patrice and asks her how important it was to do an original tonight. Patrice says that she's confident in her songwriting, and wants to show what she can do. So then Dave says that she can go first. "You fought for the original. You got the original. Why don't you go kick the original." Well, according to Magni's logic, she also sucked for the original, but nobody mentions that.
Patrice takes the stage and straps on a black Gibson SG for the song, which is called "Beautiful Thing." I'm kind of expecting some y'all-ternative tune from Patrice, but that's not what she brings. This is a straight-ahead rock song with a driving beat and a nice, strong melody. The guitar playing doesn't limit her too much, because a) she doesn't play it religiously on the verses and b) she's kind of limited performance-wise already. Rafael the Lead Guitarist throws a solo, and then Patrice does that thing where she carries the mic stand down the runway for the last verse and chorus. It's obvious that she's having a great time, which I appreciate. Plus, she's at the point in the competition where she needs to make every performance count, because she doesn't have many left.