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.
Brooke's got Toby buttonholed onstage, and she's doing a mini-interview with him while their backs are to the cheering audience. She asks Toby what he has planned, and he plays coy and walks off. And then Brooke tells us Toby is singing "Burning Down The House" by Talking Heads. Way to give it away, there, Brooke. Toby looks semi-sharp in a jacket and tie, but he's also wearing jeans with suspenders hanging around his hips. Which is an accessory I thought was stupid even in the '80s when everyone was doing it. His version of the song splits the difference between Talking Heads' studio version and the Stop Making Sense version, but with much louder guitars than on both. He's all energetic and runny and shouty as usual. For the last verse, Zayra pays Magni forward by coming out onstage and handing Toby a megaphone draped in an Australian flag, which he sings through with the microphone held out in front of it, as you do. Ah, that's the surprise. I seem to remember thinking that was cool when Michael Stipe did it back in 1990 on the Green tour. Dave sort of shrugs as Toby sings low and loud, completely unintelligibly. For the ending, he holds up the megaphone and hits the siren button. Crazy!