Original Airdate: September 5, 2006
Well, it is down to the wire - only five rockers left. And Tuesday's performances showed me there are really only two choices for Supernova - Toby or Lukas. Which one they'll pick is anyone's guess. IMO if they want someone who can deliver their music as-is and can blend into the band seamlessly, it's Toby. If they want to take a chance and go more in the alt-emo direction it will be Lukas. I guess we'll find out next week, but now on with the show!
One quick note: Brook was sweet enough to point out that Ryan's "Back of Your Car" was one of the Top 10 downloads on MSN music last week. He also had two others in the Top 10 - yay! His solo CD (Songs from the Eye of an Elephant) and band CD (Stage - This is Stage) are both available for download on iTunes and are awesome, I cannot recommend either enough. I really hope Ryan is invited back to do an encore on Finale night, he certainly deserves it and I'd love to see "Back of Your Car" one more time on national TV.
Okay, now I'm serious. Here's my rundown of the performances:Dilana - Behind Blue Eyes / Supersoul
This chick is done. She crashed, burned, dusted herself off, then bitched about it endlessly. BOTH of her songs this week reflect her smackdown and it just reeks of self-pity. I feel for her because her calf injury is probably extremely painful, but even without any visual her performances vocally just didn't cut it this week. I liked the first half of "Behind Blue Eyes," probably better than any of her songs since "Time After Time." But then she resorted back to the raspy growl and never looked back. "Supersoul" is an idiotic song, the title alone gives that away. Did anyone else notice her blue extensions flying off her head during the end of her performance? Ick. But other than that, I thought Dilana was dressed very nicely. The makeup was astonishingly low-key, she actually looked pale and a bit ill. No matter what else though, this girl is no longer a frontrunner. In fact, she's my top pick for the boot tomorrow. I kinda feel bad, because she's going to be so crushed if she doesn't win, but I hope she picks herself up and keeps going because she obviously has something special that a lot of people connect with.Magni - Back in the USSR / When the Time Comes
I feel like I say the same thing about Magni each week. He's got an amazing voice, great control, excellent rapport with the House Band, and is totally lacking that indefinable "it" factor the rest of the contestants have in spades. He is just too laid back in his performing style to compete with the rest of the rockers' in-your-face theatrics. I actually didn't care for "Back in the USSR," it wasn't very interesting vocally and I was bored halfway through. His original was all kinds of awesome though, I was hooked right away with that amazing opening guitar riff. I think the best thing that could happen for Magni is that he makes the finale and is offered a spot on the tour singing lead and playing guitar with the House Band. He certainly fits with them better than he does with SN. I'm also totally amazed how well his song translated into English, and that it's actually his third
language (after Icelandic and Danish). Smart guy.Storm - Suffragette City / Ladylike
I think we finally were treated to the "real" Storm this week, and I liked it! This Storm is totally badass, a little bit masculine, and in total control of the stage. It was so cool that Dave Navarro played with her but I had a hard time hearing him through the sound mix. Maybe it'll sound better the second time. I don't really care for "Suffragette City" but Storm certainly handled the song ten times better than Tara Sloane did last season. Storm's original, "Ladylike," was killer. Although I disagree with Dave that it's the best original of both
seasons. "Pretty Vegas" is obviously at the top, being a real radio hit, and Ryan's "Back of Your Car" was also better. Come to think of it, I also liked Deanna's "My Truth" quite a bit as well. Anyway, Storm's original was certainly the best of the night
and finally got the praise from SN that had been withheld the entire season. I still don't think she's got a chance in hell of winning this thing, but it looks more and more like she may sneak into the finale over Magni or Dilana.Lukas - Livin' on a Prayer / Headspin
Lukas looked quirky and amazing last night, I still don't find the little troll attractive but I dug his black and white pirate getup. It's certainly refreshing that at least one of the contestants this year pays attention to their appearance. The fashion on the show this year sucked, and I hate to say it but for next season they should bring back Ellie Mae! Moving on to "Livin' on a Prayer," Lukas managed to both rearrange it and mumble through it so that I didn't recognize it. Seriously, if they wouldn't have announced the title before he started singing, I'd probably still be scratching my head. Needless to say, I didn't love it. His original, "Headspin," was a lot better. It was touching to hear about how the song was about his relationship with his mother. It would have really been touching if I could have understood more of the song lyrics though. Lukas has stage presence and charisma to stare, but I really think his voice and lack of enunciation may sink him in the end.Toby - Mr. Brightside / Throw it Away
Toby's been my pick to win for a few weeks now, and I stand by my opinion. He's been my second favorite the entire season, and has come on extremely strong in the last few weeks. He also gets better looking each week, which I seriously didn't think was possible. Mr. Pretty Eyes certainly earned his nickname this week, and without the guyliner! Anyway, I didn't really love his "Mr. Brightside," Marty's version last year was so original and moving. But it was a solid effort and the crowd loved it. I think he really sealed the deal with his original. It was fun, energetic, had a great beat and chorus you could sing along with, and most importantly, could be put on a CD with the existing SN tracks and blend in seamlessly. He is just the perfect fit, and how cute was Tommy when he was spanking Toby? I think with Toby as their lead singer, the guys of SN would have a fabulous time no matter if they lasted a year or ten.
Here's my ranking for the evening (and coincidentally how I think the finale will shake out):