Brooke introduces Dilana, and we see that Dilana's performing with a guitar for the first time. She sings the opening verse slow and pretty, strumming just the chord changes on her Flying V. The band comes in on the prechorus, and after she screams her way through the first chorus, she doffs the guitar and sets it down carefully next to the drum riser. And as much as Tommy wants to see someone smash a guitar, you can't tell me that Magni isn't relieved that he doesn't have to duck and cover again. For the second verse, she climbs up on an amp (all but doubling her height) and drapes one leg over the shoulder of Sasha the Bassist. Then she comes out to the runway for the big finish, during which she's a thrashing mass of Medusa hair waving around so fast that it almost looks like they're playing the footage backward. She finishes, out of breath like she just finished an exhausting therapy session. Which, for her, she kind of did.
Dave tells Dilana that this may have been his favorite performance of the show's entire two seasons, which she and the audience are quite glad to hear. "I can't think of one lead singer who hasn't said some really stupid things in the press," he says, glad to be moving on. "I love you," he adds. Whoa, personal! Should we leave? Tommy tells her, "Say hello to the king of mistakes." Dilana chuckles and says, "King and queen," pointing to Tommy and herself. "Dude, I was talking about Gilby," Tommy doesn't say. Tommy gives a little speech about learning from mistakes and not repeating them. Amazingly, he is not struck by lightning. Gilby says that there wasn't a bad part of the performance. Jason puts on his interviewer hat to ask Dilana how it was to "finally be up there and blasting it out." People, it's been a week. It's always a week. She wasn't in a coma, okay? But Dilana answers anyway, saying it felt great and she "can't wait for the next gig." Almost as an afterthought, Jason calls her performance "really good." Brooke comes out to give Dilana's voting numbers and open up the polls for tonight. She exhorts us to vote by telling us that the competition is "closer than ever." Translation: voting has dropped off drastically.