Patrice is next, and she's all guitared-up again. Also, she needs to bite the bullet and get a damn haircut, because the side-ponytails she's failing to rock tonight just make her look like a cocker spaniel. As she sings John Lennon's "Instant Karma," she smiles too much and bugs her eyes out does the old Patrice vocal thing all over again. About the only noteworthy thing that happens is that before the last chorus, she picks up the microphone stand with one hand, carries it to the end of the runway while singing, and finishes up from out there. There's a nice hero shot from behind her on stage left, where she's just out there alone with her guitar, mic stand, and a sea of clapping hands surrounding her. Not much else to say, really. It's Patrice. You've seen this movie.
Dave tells Patrice that she made an excellent song choice, telling her it was "terrific" and the crowd loved it. Whatever, they love everything except helpful criticism. Patrice says that she appreciates it anyway. Gilby remarks that it must have been disappointing to end up in the bottom three the past couple of weeks, and comments that he thinks it was undeserved last week. As for tonight, he babbles that she took the song to the next level, good song choice, blah blah blah. Commercials!
Brooke reminds us that last week, Lukas forgot his lyrics. Hey, we know that. Remind Lukas -- he's the one with the shitty memory. In a development that will be unsurprising to anyone who's been watching the whole episode, Brooke announces that Lukas is singing "Creep" by Radiohead. Unlike when he was practicing, he's guitarless now and starts off almost a capella. He's keeping the growling to a minimum. His voice is low and quiet, as is the band, playing soft chords with minimal percussion. Then, instead of the guitar suddenly blasting on in the first chorus, the band just keeps building gradually, even as Lukas's voice does the same. And then, bam, he goes into this falsetto, and there's absolutely no constriction of any kind as he goes high and clear, all the way into Thom Yorke territory. His intentionally stiff dancing is unfortunate as always, but this is a Lukas-voice we haven't heard before. When he sings the last line, "I don't belong here," I have a hard time agreeing.
All three Supernovans are on their feet after that, and the crowd loves it, too. Tommy requests a "Hell yeah!" Nobody says, "Hell, no." Tommy says that he's always liked the way Lukas sings, but tonight he got goosebumps. Reaction shot of Dilana looking grumpy at seeing her main rival gushed over. Especially since the webisode showed her consciously manipulating Lukas into picking "Creep" because she thought he'd blow it. Not so much, as it turns out. Dave asks Lukas, "Where has that guy been hiding, dude?" Gilby says that he loves being surprised by great performers, and Lukas did that. And because Jason hates Lukas, he gives him a classic backhanded compliment: "That was the first time since I've known you that you've used your gift properly and actually sang for us." Jason wants Lukas to keep it up. "And don't suck again," he refrains from adding.