A Dose of Reality: Rock Star: Supernova - Week 2 Results
by Raul Burriel
Published: July 13, 2006
Hi, Raul here to give you a recap of this week's elimination episode of Rock Star: Supernova. Two weeks into the show, and I'm already finding all this an exercise in frustration. It's become clear to me that the show has become a contest between Lukas and Toby. Given Lukas's freakish appearance, this is Toby's game to lose. Everyone else is dead weight.
Host Brooke Burke starts the show with a stunner: voting was up 40% this week over last week. This is only significant until you realize that last week was the 4th of July holiday. When Brooke asks Tommy Lee how he feels about the competition so far, he turns to ask the audience. That's right, Tommy. If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.
Before eliminations, we're treated to footage from last night. Contestants returned to the mansion to have dinner (I notice that they're all still in their stage costumes and make-up; did the producers force them to gather around the dinner table immediately upon getting home? Jill must feel pretty stupid in that Courtney Love wedding dress.) There's a lot of hemming and hawing about Supernova's comments, mostly from those who deserved the criticism. Lukas is sounding overly defensive about Jason Newsted's advice regarding not damaging his voice. Toby chimes in as the voice of reason, sounding more like the group's mature chaperone than a fellow contestant. The complaining does no good for the contestants since everyone gets to see the video package and now it's round two as the whiners are called to account for their comments to the band. If it's not clear to the contestants by now, let me spell it out for them... DON'T PICK A FIGHT WITH THE BAND!
Jason Newsted again comes off as the most useful component of Supernova. His advice is positive and constructive and we're left wondering why anyone else is allowed to comment. On the up side, Tommy Lee gives Toby props for his positive behavior and for being a leader.
As if to eliminate any doubt that Toby's now the front runner, Tommy calls Toby up to perform an encore of the Killer's "Somebody Told Me." If anything, Toby sounds better tonight than last night, which is not particularly surprising; we've seen it time and again on shows such as these (read: American Idol) that performers do better when they have nothing to lose.
With the encore finished, Brooke leads us into the elimination portion of the show. First, we're reminded of who was in the bottom three last week: Jill, Chris and Zayra (which, by the way, is pronounced Zhai-da). Brooke then adds a fourth contestant, someone who found their way into the bottom three at some point during voting last night. That person was Jenny. From this group of four, the three lowest vote getters will be called on stage to perform a song of their choice for Supernova in hopes of staying.
Jill - "Bring Me to Life"
That's funny. Zayra did this song last week. Does she realize who she's auditioning for? Does she understand that the three members of Supernova come from Metallica, Guns N' Roses and Mötley Crüe? She chose the song to showcase her vocal range. It's a mistake. Jill's version isn't nearly as melodic as the original. I notice numerous missed notes and what appears to be off-key singing. Sure, it's loud. But so was her cover of Hole's "Violet" and Supernova accused her of screaming.
Zayra - "You Really Got Me"
Zayra inexplicably decides to reprise her performance from last night. That performance got her into the bottom three and prompted Gilby Clarke to say that he felt she didn't have a clue of what Supernova was looking for as a singer (frankly, that could be said about most contestants this season.) Her accent is as noticeable as ever (she's from Puerto Rico but I swear she sounds 100% authentically Spanish, like Penélope Cruz in sheer lace.) She actually ballsy enough to not change a thing about the arrangement and her performance looks like I'm watching the Pussycat Dolls (which I've seen on TV once and knew instantly that I never wanted to see again.)
Chris - "If You Can Only See"
Chris was abused by Dave Navarro last night for sounding like an amateur. I liked his performance well enough. It certainly wasn't the worst last night and I feel he's only in the bottom three this week because of the poor reception he got by Navarro. But it's his second time in the bottom three in two weeks so he really has to step up it tonight. He's got two things working for him, though: he's been very receptive to Supernova's constructive criticism and he's going up against Jill and Zayra. I feel he could make armpit noises for three minutes tonight and still feel confident about his safety. But instead of armpit noises, he decides to perform an acoustic version of Tonic's "If You Can Only See", the song Phil performed the night before. So, to recap, Jill did Zayra's song from last week, Zayra did her own song from the night before, and Chris did Phil's song from the night before. To add insult to injury, none of these songs are in the genre of the three people currently calling themselves Supernova. Chris's version of the song is poignant and emotional, but that's not what Supernova is about.
The Cut: I recently watched Sebastian Bach, Ted Nugent and others on the VH1 show Supergroup. These musicians got together, rehearsed, then performed a concert where, from one song to the next, they got louder, and rocked harder. They did what Jason Newsted last night urged all the contestants on Rockstar: Supernova to do: they CRUSHED IT. Instead, Jill gave us pop-rock. Zayra invented the genre of striptease-rock (moaning and squealing in a pseudo-orgasm that left me more uncomfortable than satisfied). And Chris gave us a ballad. Last night I scoffed at Dana and said that I'd like to see her try to perform Metallica's "Enter Sandman." In fact, anyone who ends up in the bottom three should be obligated to perform "Enter Sandman" since that is exactly the type of song Supernova will be performing (if not precisely that song.) I can see two people in this whole group who can take that song and do it right: Lukas and Toby. Lukas has got the wrong image (which could be saved with a makeover) and Toby needs to change his name (anything but "Skippy"). But before we can get to the inevitable Lukas/Toby showdown, we have to get rid of the dead weight.
Sure, it would be easy to send Jill home tonight and save us having to experience her singing next week, but then who would we mock? We could end the hurt early and send Zayra home right now, but methinks Tommy wants to get into her pants first. Alas, the target falls on Chris who's been in the bottom three two weeks in a row. He was probably the best of the three imperiled performers tonight, but that means little when the world is lined up against you. Chris, go get yourself a solo career. After your rough treatment on this show, everything else will be easy.
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