I had a pretty random INXS moment yesterday afternoon when I was driving back from picking up the new Stones CD. Stopped at a light in front of me was a car with the following vanity plate: INXS-1. That is some serious devotion, isn't it? I wondered what they thought of the show and who was their favorite rocker. And I wondered if they were reading these recaps. I contemplated pulling up alongside them and yelling the Watercooler web address into their window, but realized that probably wouldn't be the best way to foster a writer-reader relationship.

Anyway, wasn't it wild finally to see INXS take the stage? Yes, they jammed a bit in the first episode, but this was a full-on performance of a new song called "Us." They even called up Dave Navarro to play with them. Sure, we all knew Dave would sit in, but it was still fun. Like when Alice Cooper used to lop off his head in a guillotine on stage. You knew it was preplanned, but it made you smile nonetheless. I'm not sure if enlisting the entire final five to sing with them was a good idea, though. To me, it sounded a bit disjointed unlike J.D.'s encore of his incredibly catchy original, "Pretty Vegas." Man, did he upstage his hosts or what? But apparently it wasn't enough to keep him out of the bottom three, where he joined Suzie and Jordis. Given J.D.'s ego, I don't think he was worried. And given Jordis' lack of one, he had no need to. Ultimately her missing confidence confirmed her departure leaving Suzie the last woman standing. And with that powerful voice and those vixen looks, I bet she has the final three guys shaking in their motorcycle boots. Joseph Hudak

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