A Dose of Reality: Rock Star: Supernova - Week 5 Results
by Raul Burriel
Published: August 3, 2006
Never have we needed a mass elimination more than tonight. Rock Star: Supernova is starting to get bogged down by the mediocre performers and I fear the show will start losing viewers (which they can't afford to lose!) if we don't start cutting away some of the dead weight.
In the video package recapping what happened the night before, we find that Lukas's ego has finally been knocked down a notch. He gets some friendly ribbing from Magni (who seems to be stepping into Toby's shoes as the "den father") for forgetting some lyrics. Lukas is feeling pretty low about his performance, although if he forgot lyrics, he covered it up pretty well (perhaps this explains why he performed half the song with his back turned to the audience.) Back at the Mayan Theater (correction: I have been informed that the show is actually recorded at the CBS studios, aka CBS Television City in Hollywood), we see that Lukas has finally lost the eye shadow (instantly, Lukas's net worth shoots up) and he's smoothed out his crazy hair. He had a bad week. But, he promises us, it won't happen again.
When it comes to the encore, Jason Newsted tests the contestants, asking them who feels they should get the encore. When only a few put up their hands, Jason sees it as a lack of confidence. But when those who didn't put up their hands instead encourage Ryan to put up his, it seems to be more of a vote of support for Ryan's performance the night before, and less a sign of insecurity. It seems that encouraging Ryan to put up his hand was the right thing to do, though, as Supernova agrees that Ryan should get the encore for his piano solo interpretation of R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion."
After the encore, host Brooke Burke reads off the names of the six contestants who found themselves in the bottom three at some point the night before. They are: Toby, Jill, Dana, Patrice and Zayra. Dave Navarro expresses some surprise at Toby's placement in the bottom three. Truth be told, he may have delivered an excellent performance, but the song was relatively obscure, and very mellow. It wasn't what the home viewers wanted to see, and Toby paid the price. Dave says he's also surprised not to see Lukas in the bottom three (a clear sign that Lukas has massive viewer support). Of the five potential "victims", Brooke now announces the final bottom three.
Jill - "Alone"
Jill has only been in the bottom three once, on week 2. The only reason she's still here is because others have tripped and stumbled worse than her. Tonight, she's making sure she doesn't get another chance by opting to sing a power ballad by Heart. Truthfully, her vocals on this performance are excellent. Rather than screaming the lyrics like she's been doing all along (trying to be the rocker we know she can't be), she goes for subtle, melodic notes. It's a great performance, but not at all what we'd expect from the lead singer of Supernova.
Dana - "House of the Rising Sun"
Like Jill, this is Dana's second time in the bottom three. She gets some ribbing from Jason Newsted for missing rehersal with House Band but when she says that she missed rehersal because she was at a spa, she's told that her choice was very "rock star". Yeah, maybe she should start doing drugs and making out with groupies, too. Damn, I'd pay to see that. As for her performance... As we've seen with Dana in past weeks, rather than take a non-rock song and re-arrange it with a rock vibe, she instead takes a rock n' roll standard and tries to nail it. But while her berformance of "Baba O'Riley" last night worked well (regardless of what home viewers thought), tonight's performance of the Animal's "House of the Rising Sun" sinks fast. The modern rock orchestral arrangement works well (I suspect much of this was arranged by House Band and not by Dana, though) but Dana's vocals are just awful. She tries for a lower register but comes off sounding like she's trying to impersonate a man. There is no melody or harmony in her vocals.
Patrice - "Eternal Life"
Shockingly, Zayra is not the third person in the bottom three this week. Instead, like Jill and Dana before her, Patrice finds herself in the bottom three for the second time. Knowing that tonight it's Supernova that gets to vote and not the home viewer, Patrice goes for the utterly obscure by choosing "Eternal Life" by Jeff Buckley. A song more appropriate for Josh or Ryan, but Patrice delivers the song with a solid rock edge (it sounds very much unlike the original.)
Gilby tells Jill that she's made some very horrible creative decisions but her performance tonight saved her. Dana isn't so fortunate. She's come a long way, we're told, but she still has a long way to travel. True enough. Rock Star: Supernova is not a music school. Dana goes home. We all wait for the other shoe to drop and for Patrice to be eliminated as well... but no such luck. Next week, we get ten performances, five of which we could probably fast forward through.
Previous Episode Recaps
Week 4 | Week 4 Results
Week 3 | Week 3 Results
Week 2 | Week 2 Results
Week 1 | Week 1 Results