Maria says that she has a huge closet of clothes, but Cyndi says that she does NOT want their artist to dress like Maria. That would be an ouch. Maria says she was just offering. Cyndi says that they need a beauty shot for a girl and sexy, cute for a guy. Maria says that Lady Gaga isn't that concerned with looking beautiful and Cyndi corrects her. She has worked with her (the giant MAC billboard in Times Square is proof) and she is very concerned with her beauty. Holly jokes, "So there" to Maria and she responds that everything from Cyndi has been like that for this challenge so far. Cyndi says that it's just a matter of Maria thinking she knows something that she doesn't. Maria interviews that having one of her childhood heroes attacking her is changing her opinion of Cyndi.
RockSolid meets with Mike Dungan from Capitol Records Nashville. He says that a press packet should differentiate the artist from his or her peers. To Bret, this means it's necessary to talk about Poison's crossover success with "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." Goldberg is feeling a little useless with Bret in the room. Mike brings in Luke Bryan and Emily West, the artists. Curtis interviews that he thought they'd be working with total newbies, but these guys have already had a certain level of success -- and they won't be so malleable.
Curtis confuses Emily by directing a "mate" at her or Luke, she doesn't know! Crazy Australian talk. Luke says that he wants to preserve the enjoyment of performing. Luke interviews that he liked the serious vibe of RockSolid. Emily thinks that they were nice, but thinks it would be weird for them to makeover her look. So, she's crossing her fingers that she'll be working with the girls' team.
At the Tenacity office, Holly tells Cyndi that she wants to be able to ask the artist questions. Cyndi says that's fine, but don't step on her. Holly says don't step on them. No me. No me. Holly interviews that Cyndi is going to keep them from asking questions. Jesus, get over it. Just let the woman lead the challenge. Mike enters and Cyndi's all over them. They listen to Emily's song, a ballad. It's pretty. Mike says that she has a big personality and she is hard to put into a box. Cyndi says that you shouldn't change artists and that's what's wrong with the music business. Mike seems annoyed. He says that he has no intention of changing her (whatever, he totally does), but he doesn't know if he should focus on the big personality. Luke's song is about whiskey and rhyming.