A Dose of Reality: Rock Star: Supernova - Week 1 Results
by Raul Burriel
Published: July 7, 2006
Raul Burriel here to help guide you through another difficult and unnecessarily tense elimination episode of a reality show.
After a sputtering start with more lackluster performances than good ones, it's time to find out which rocker is going home in the first elimination of CBS's Rock Star: Supernova. It's going to be a hard choice, only because it seems so many rockers are clambering to go out the door first. Last night before the show went off the air we knew that the bottom three consisted of Magni, Phil, and Chris. But that could change as votes came in from around the world.
It's clear that the vibe amongst contestants this season is going to be much more intense than last season. The spotlight of tonight's episode immediately fell on Lukas - the star of the night before - as the contestants returned to the house following their harrowing night at the Mayan Theatre. Rather than unwind and decompress, the rockers soon started to turn on each other. Lukas was ballsy enough to ask his fellow competitors who they thought would be in the bottom three. Rather than fall into that trap, the others turned the table on Lukas and asked him to answer his own question. He wasn't dumb enough to answer directly, but he did tell them that "a lot of you sucked". Hey, he's only telling the truth!
With the contestants once again gathered at the Mayan theater for elimination night, Phil made an only partially tongue-in-cheek comment about punching Lukas in the face. The tension is clearly still there. Dave Navarro pushes Lukas to finally answer his own question. Lukas finally gives in and points the finger at Chris, Phil and fellow Canadian Jenny.
Difusing the tension somewhat, Dilana was called to perform an encore of her version of Nirvana's "Lithium" (God, why?!) I still hate it. I don't understand what Supernova sees in Dilana or this performance.
But now it's time for the votes to be counted. Host Brooke Burke reminded us that the bottom 3 early on were Magni, Phil, and Chris. To that threesome she added Zayra, Ryan and Matt, all of whom were in the bottom 3 at some point during the voting. From this group, Brooke gives us the final bottom 3. Each will get to perform a song of their choice of song.
Chris Pierson - "L.A. Woman"
After his disasterous reworking of the Police's "Roxanne", Chris has a chance at redemption. With the opportunity to finally sing a song of his choosing, he goes for "L.A. Woman" by the Doors, and he chooses wisely.
Phil Ritchie - "Stars"
I still really enjoy Phil's look, but his singing is marginal at best. He mumbles most of his lyrics. And he just does not command the stage. He goes for something obscure with his song choice, performing Switchfoot's "Stars". He looks more alterna-rock than pure rock-n-roll (looking very much like Radiohead or even New Order.)
Matt Hoffer - "Planet Earth"
Matt gets bonus points for having the balls to do a Duran Duran song. He sheepishly explains that he's made it more rock, "bringing the guitars down to 'D'". It still sounds like Duran Duran. It's peppy and fun and sounds too much like the original. He needed to rearrange the song more for this to have been a wise choice.
The Cut: Supernova tell Phil they're concerned about his stage presence and question Chris's vocal ability, but Matt gets knocked for song choice. Matt goes home. Certainly there were worse singers this week than Matt, but it's all a matter of cutting the weak so that we're left with the strong. What does it matter if Matt goes home first or fifth? He's not going to win this contest either way.
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