Staind came into the studio to play the music for the karaoke competition, as well as one of their own songs, "Everything Changes." As the band was setting up, Aaron Lewis, the lead singer, told Howard the state of the music industry was depressing to him, especially because only bands capable of releasing hit songs were being signed to contracts. Aaron also admitted he hadn't yet "embraced" iPods, noting he felt they "promoted theft of music." Based on a randomly chosen order, Artie was the first person to perform, and he did "Mother" by Pink Floyd.
After Howard announced the winner of the competition would be determined by listeners' votes, Artie sang his number with just Aaron playing guitar. When the performance was done, Howard called it "f'ing decent," while Fred thought it was "pretty decent" as well.
Robin was the next person to sing, and her song was Linda Ronstadt's "Tracks of My Tears." Following her performance, which got an ovation from everyone in the studio, Howard acknowledged Robin was the one who scared him the least before the contest started, so, given how good he felt she did, he was even more nervous about his own song. Gary then noted he heard Robin's performance through the speakers in the hall, adding that, to him, Howard's opinion of it must've been based on seeing her perform, because he didn't think it sounded all that impressive.
Gary was the third performer, and he chose "Gimme Three Steps" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Once the song was done, Artie pointed out the songs sounded better than they did during past sing-offs.
After Fred sang Green Day's "American Idiot," which Howard thought sounded like a professional performance, Howard closed out the contest with his song, "All the Young Dudes," written by David Bowie. Robin responded to the song by acknowledging she was "surprised" by its quality, and Artie agreed.
Howard then took a number of calls from listeners about the contest, and, when the votes were tallied, Artie edged Fred in first place votes, 4-3. After Aaron talked about how difficult he finds being away from his family because of his touring schedule, Staind played "Everything Changes." Aaron then announced the band would be playing a show of covers in the city later today, and it would be recorded for a live CD. However, Aaron claimed the group hadn't yet decided which songs they'd play.