Dave tells Patrice as much, saying that although he liked her vocal ad-libbing at the ending, he thought the intensity was lacking. "Other than that, you sang well." Gilby agrees, but says that he was hoping for her to do something more original with the song. You know, like Magni didn't. The crowd moans in sympathy for Patrice, prompting Dave to say that he knows Patrice feels ganged-up on, "but...I know that a hell of a performer is right inside you and that's what I want to see every time." "Okay," Patrice chirps bravely. It's not like she can say, "Well, a hell of a performer was inside me in Vegas for a while. I think." Brooke gives the voting instructions again, and promises Lukas and Storm next.
From behind the Nut Gallery, Brooke rhetorically asks if Lukas can "keep his new sound going." We shall find out. Lukas has certainly embraced the acoustic theme tonight; he's not only playing an acoustic guitar, to sing "Hero" by Chad Kroeger, he's also sitting cross-legged in a straight-backed dining room chair. Formal. Of course, on the other side of the equation, he's also wearing a black shirt with a priest's collar and no sleeves, revealing black tape on one bicep. I assume it's covering a tattoo that's either too fresh or too FCC-baiting to see the light of day. Also, his skunky faux-hawk is aspiring to new heights. As for Brooke's question, the answer is no. At least not tonight. And weirdly, he's smiling almost as much as Patrice usually does. Maybe the line about the "world full of killing" just fills him with too much pleasure to suppress. There's not much he can have going on other than facially, so he does his best to make up for it that way. Lukas even goes so far as to make a different expression on every note during one particularly ambitious run. After he's done, he sets down his guitar and stands to receive his feedback.
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.