A Dose of Reality: Rock Star: Supernova - Week 6
by Raul Burriel
Published: August 9, 2006
My name is Raul Burriel, a veteran of last season's Rock Star: INXS recaps. Joining us for this round table is Sheila Franklin.
Raul says: Week after week, the mediocre go home while the good and the bad stand safe. It's time for supergroup-to-be Supernova to make some easy choices. Regardless of what Zayra and Jill do tonight, it's time to send them home. Then we can get around to deciding what order Ryan, Josh, Storm and Patrice should be eliminated before finally coming around to the big showdown between Magni, Lukas, Dilana and Toby.
In the video package, we see that whoever chose to sing the Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" would get to perform with Gilby Clarke. Dilana jumped at the opportunity but was shocked to discover no one would challenge her for the opportunity. Clearly the performers were stinging from the way Patrice and Jill both sank after performing with Supernova. At the same time, the contestants were soundly browbeat last week for not jumping at the opportunity to play with Tommy Lee. We could expect more of the same this week, and indeed, Dave Navarro did not let us down. Dave exclaims "What is wrong with you people?!" If it were up to him, Dilana would win this competition right now.
Sheila says: So many contestants left, so little talent! Watching last week's results episode, I was amazed that there are no double eliminations. I'm sure they have a contract, but how many weeks of Zayra can one take?
It seems Lukas is finally humbled a tad. He is not only interacting with his roomies, he even winked and called Navarro "babe".
Ryan got the well-deserved encore and this performance was even better than his last. Jill does "Alone" in an effort to vindicate herself, but it seems a temporary save at best. Although she has one of the better voices, she has the "Supernova curse" on her still.
I noticed that Patrice is the one in red this time and she, as you once said, Raul, "sucks less". Dana continuously selects classic rock that she seems too young to understand, much less perform. She needs a few more years, tattoos, drugs, and a heartbreak or two before she becomes a credible rocker.
So now they all get electric Gibsons. Will the gifts never cease? The final five will probably get pianos, and the final two? I see Harley's.
"Songs that you overthink, usually they tend to turn out to be overthought." Wow, Lukas, that's a heavy statement. Remind me to embroider that one on a pillow.
Dilana - "Won't Get Fooled Again"
Raul says: After humbling the other performers, Dave Navarro calls Dilana and Gilby to the stage. Gilby excels in this guitar heavy number. All Dilana has to do is sing passably well and acknowledge Gilby from time to time and it'll all go well for her. Gilby helps out by joining Dilana at the mic. The chemistry works well. It just looks right. Dave observes that this didn't look like an audition. It looked like a concert.
Sheila says: Watch that anti-humping rule, chickee. When Dilana does "Won't Get Fooled Again" with Gilby she is smart enough to adhere to it. I liked her harmony but I think that her key choice was too low.
Jill - "Mother Mother"
If you fast forwarded through Jill's performance, you'd miss tonight's first comic highlight. Looking like Avril Lavigne at 40 (still wearing the bicycle shorts) and sounding more than a bit like Alanis Morrisette, Jill gives us an awkward interpretation of this Tracy Bonham hit.
Sheila says: Jill's voice is still strong, but I wish someone would hire her a choreographer. She sits, she flits, she flaps. A dying mackerel performance at best.
Ryan - "Paint It Black"
Raul says: Ah, I see this is the comedic segment of the night. Ryan has chosen to perform the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" (don't call it "Painted Black"!) He's also chosen to make a fool of himself while doing it. Hidden somewhere in the studio, he makes his way through the crowd and onto the stage dressed all in black. He wears a hood that conceals his face (and apparently has a wig glued to the top of it!) He quietly delivers the first line before pulling off the hood and gearing up. Oh, look! He's wearing black eye shadow! The whole looks theatrical, like a bad high school performance of the Phantom of the Opera. As he dances around stage, his hood flops around behind him, the wig still stuck to it. I just don't understand what he's going for. The camera cuts to Supernova several times as they seem about to fall out of their seats in laughter. But it seems I got it all wrong. Dave Navarro tells us "Ryan Star just showed us he was a contender." Really? I thought he'd just told us he wanted to go home.
Sheila says: Good for Ryan! He just gets better each performance. His vocals are still not the best in this competition, but he looks great in black and shows just enough evilness in him to be effective.
Storm - "We Are the Champions"
Raul says: On shows like American Idol, "Queen Night" is always ripe for disaster. Storm is stepping into a minefield with this one. Although, she's chosen one of Queen's safer numbers. Her melodic opening is spot-on and gives way to an equally successful crescendo and ultimate denouement.
Sheila says: Storm's interpretation of Queen's hit is not as impressive as some of her other choices. There is a lot of range in that song and clearly she is suffering when hitting those high notes. I like her better when she, in her words, "spanks the crap out of you".
Zayra - "All the Young Dudes"
Raul says: For some inexplicable reason, Magni plays guitar on this number. OK, that's out of the way. Now the rest of it is this: Zayra wears a gold strapless spandex bodysuit, a black top hat and black six-inch platform stilettos. I'm so stunned by her appearance that I actually forget to listen to her singing. I have to rewind and watch again (much to my own horror.) Her lyrics are utterly incomprehensible. The singing is entirely lacking (does she sing at all or is she going for a spoken-word performance?) She mangles this Bowie classic. Just mangles it. She should be arrested for this. Dave and Supernova - who have never been unkind to Zayra - praise her on her showmanship and confidence with only a few knocks for being flat. C'mon, people! This was a crime against music!
Sheila says: Oh Zayra, just get up there naked and be done with it. I notice that she has gotten the coveted "beginning of the second half spot" just so we won't channel surf. I am a trifle tired of the circus, so I muted her for much of her performance during her rendition of Bowie's tune. And fortunately for us she has learned to talk through some of it.
Josh - "Interstate Love Song"
Raul says: Finally accepting that Supernova is not going to come over to his style of music, Josh wisens up and gives us the Stone Temple Pilots. But not before Tommy Lee leaps up and decides to join Josh on the drums. Strumming an electric guitar, Josh proves that he deserves to be here. Gilby says that this is what he'd been waiting for from Josh. He knew Josh had a good voice, he just hadn't heard him sing "a rock song." Clearly, Josh is getting the message. Do this for a couple of more weeks, Josh, and I'll move you from the middle group to the lead group.
Sheila says: This is a good thing when Tommy Lee gets up to perform with Josh and it clearly enhances his performance. His vocals stand up to the big boom test, but I really don't think he will be here much longer. He just comes off too affably to be a Supernovan.
Magni - "The Dolphin's Cry"
Raul says: With acoustic guitar in hand (and no other instrumental accompaniment), Magni goes mellow with a Live song. Producer's flew out Magni's wife and infant son this week and they're in the studio this week as he performs so we get a couple of camera cuts to them just to emphasis the emotional moment. It's maybe too mellow for home viewers but he'll get some sympathy votes because of his family. Plus, he nails some great falsetto notes. Dave and Supernova love the performance. Dave gives Magni particular praise for being the first to perform solo without any musical accompaniment. Really? I thought Ryan did that same thing last week on the piano.
Sheila says: Magni is still my Iceman. His vocals are incredible and consistent every week. Even if he doesn't win this competition, I think he will go multi-continental . And I love that he knew enough to cover his son's ears.
Patrice - "Instant Karma!"
Raul says: Patrice takes this John Lennon song out of its mellow, drug-induced haze and alters the arrangement. She speeds it up and makes it catchier than before. It's a fun, entertaining performance, but not at all the kind of performance I would expect from Supernova.
Sheila says: Poor Patrice. If there was ever a case of karaoke night, this is hers. She seems to be enjoying herself, which is a good thing since I believe she will also be leaving soon.
Lukas - "Creep"
Raul says: On week 4, with Patrice on the chopping block, she went delusional and opted to sing a Radiohead song ("My Iron Lung"). This week, one of the few people in this competition who can actually perform Radiohead gets to do it, and he does it right. Singing what is unquestionably Radiohead's most commercially successful and popular single, Lukas just grabs the audience and doesn't let them go. His performance is multi-layered. Telling us he's a "creep", you can see creepiness in his eyes and mannerisms. It's haunting. Supernova is just awe struck. Ultimately, resident music teacher, Jason Newsted, praises Lukas for finally using his "instrument" properly. Thank you, Mr. Newsted.
Sheila says: Lukas' doing Radiohead seems to have disappointed Dilana. I am secretly thinking that when she suggested he sing it, it was a tactical move on her part. He mostly carries it off, if you forgive him those nasty high notes.
Toby - "Burning Down the House"
Raul says: A novice at a karaoke bar could bring down the house with this song. It's not a tough song choice. But Toby wants to be safe after last week's failure. He comes out and cranks it. The audience is eating it up. The other contestants are eating it up. Supernova is eating it up. Then Zayra hands Toby a megaphone and hr delivers a whole verse blasting through a megaphone. We catch a glimpse of Dave Navarro looking away in disgust. "You had me all the way up to the megaphone," he tells Toby. I'm just thinking about how last season's winner, J.D. Fortune, did the same thing (to better effect.) Supernova isn't as disappointed in the megaphone as Navarro was, but it certainly interrupted the vibe.
Sheila says: And then there is Toby in the finale. I'm pleased that he seems to have selected a song that he feels more comfortable with, so that his performance is more than just his usual cheap bar band. I am not into gimmicks though, and could have lived without the megaphone.
Raul says: Needless to say, Zayra and Jill must be in the bottom three tomorrow night. Number three is a more difficult choice. I suppose I'd like to see Patrice in that third slot (although I really enjoyed her performance of "Instant Karma!") On the other hand, I feel voters will be very disappointed by Magni and might punish him. Intitial vote results indicate that the bottom three is Zayra, Jill and Patrice. No skin off my nose.
Sheila says: It's peculiar that as this competition narrows, the men seem to be outshining the women. Or the weeding of the likes of Patrice, Zayra, and Jill is just long overdue. If there is a rock god in heaven, I hope that he/she will toss the three of them out tomorrow night.
Find out who got eliminated in this week's results recap.
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