Few issues to note first:
1. Unlike American Idol, this is not a popularity contest. Audience picks bottom three, but after that, its INXS' choice.
2. I suppose INXS' choice is based on talent, fit with their genre (e.g., they don't do country rock or metal), stage presence, delivery, etc. I don't suppose looks or tattoos fit into that equation.
3. I also suppose they are looking for someone who can hit the ground running with their upcoming global tour, not someone to be trained. Someone who can rearrange existing songs will be a plus.
Here's my impression on the remaining contestants after week 3:
Brandon - Nice guy, but limited vocal range, based on his rendition of "Tempted".
Deanna - Sultry sexy voice, mature, delivers well. INXS like her.
JD - Talented, but obviously no Freddie Mercury (after "We are the champions"), somewhat immature and tried to weasel his way out of a tough song. INXS likes him for his ability to take charge, but he's not going to get much choices with INXS numbers. Recipe for disaster. Maybe a good performer after he grows up.
Jessica - Solid, strong voice, and I actually like her. Looks good for a 40-something all-male band :-)
Jordis - Seems to be the most diverse in the entire group. Can deliver a 60's Spencer Davis classic the same way as Hoobastank's 2001 hit. Overall solid performance, but I haven't seen her push the envelope yet.
Marty - I was really impressed with his rendition of Nirvana's "Lithium". But sometimes his voice sounds weak. Can he perform throughout a 3-hour loud concert?
Mig - I love him. Great personality and sounds good. But is it good enough for INXS?
Suzie - The most improved of the lot. Strong vocal range. I enjoyed her arrangement of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" including the harmonica.
Tara - I think she could be gone next week.
Ty - The most talented in the entire group. REM ballad "Everybody Hurts" was sensational, even though he seems to prefer the hard rock variety. I like his theatrical stage presence and his attitude may come across as a little obnoxious, but weren't the British glam rockers similar?
Among those departed, I agree with most, except Neal - I think his dismissal (before some others like Tara) was a mistake. Last man/woman standing - I think Ty. What do you think?
[Wow! Do I feel like a Simon Cowell already!]