Dave loves Lukas's version of the song, which showcased another side of Lukas's voice. Tommy also dug it, but says, "I hate when people sit down." Says the man who's spent most of his musical career on a stool. Gilby was also really impressed with Lukas's vocal performance. And you know what Jason's going to say, now that the trademark growl has come back. Jason repeats his usual complaint about Lukas's voice, and adds, "I know what you have now, and I'm not gonna let you get away with not using it." Lukas smiles like this is an unalloyed compliment. I can't help thinking that there's no way he can win this, because even if he does there's no way the rest of the band is ever going to agree on how he should sing.
Brooke tells us that Storm's recent performances have been "on the vulnerable side. But tonight, she has a statement for the guys." And that statement is singing "I Will Survive." Oh, dear. This is not going to go well. Dressed in a pinstriped zoot suit complete with watch chain, Storm does make a go of it. She starts out low and slow, over just strings for the first few lines. Then Jim the rhythm guitarist starts strumming the Cake version of this song, and Storm and the band kick into a cover version that blends the laid-back funk of the Cake version with the bombastic strings and vocals of the original. The judges look unimpressed, even as Storm gives it her all. Which is a lot, but not enough. Not for this song. Not with this configuration of the House Band. She growls an "I Will Survive" through the bottom of her ribcage and does this weird-ass walk-dance during the guitar solo that Lukas would reject as too awkward. And then she goes for a great big, dramatic, crowd-pleasing finish. And it is crowd-pleasing, at least the crowd in the auditorium.