INXS Finally Got It

I’m glad summer reality shows are easy and cheap for networks to make, because it’s hard to see promising dramas and comedies dropped because they didn’t draw enough viewers. I still haven’t gotten over how quickly Roar and Danger Theater came and went. And yes, I am aware that Roar does not hold up over time, but the 20-year-old me will still fight you for disparaging her precious Heath Ledger.

It’s halfway through the summer, everyone’s caught up in Rock Star:INXS fever. Well, not really, but let’s pretend, since MSN did decide to link to it on their front page. Wednesday night’s elimination of two contestants, Heather and Daphna, addressed one of the show’s glaring flaws (the other being Kirk Pengilly’s dastardly moustache): too many contestants. Of all the singers on the show, maybe a few would be able to do a decent job filling in for Shower Rod, er, Michael Hutchence. Instead of just making it an extended competition between a handful of contestants whom we’re able to see develop, we’re given 15 wannabes. Many of them aren’t even really rock singers, and the rest of them are chicks.

Seriously, Heather? Like she ever had a chance. Her voice is comparable to Janis Joplin, and by that I mean she sucks. And Daphna? Her tone was clearer but what image was she trying to project? Her circus performer wardrobe took the focus off her singing, at least until she ruined “Rock the Casbah.” All the other losers who’ve gotten the boot thus far have also been wildly inappropriate for INXS.

Who’s left? Tara’s got a great career ahead of her performing at Six Flags, and Deanna looks like an older Joni Mitchell. Suzie belongs on Old and Busted American Idol, and J.D. and Brandon look like they should be working at a gas station. In fact, let’s just eliminate all the Canadians right now, and not just the ones on the show. Jessica actually has a decent voice, but she’s a barista. C’mon.

The final four should be Marty, Mig, Jordis and Ty. Marty can rock, and he’s a frontman, not a solo artist with a backup band. But I haven’t seen his band, The Lovehammers, perform yet, so he can’t win. Ty has great stage presence and can sing anything, but he’s a little too musical theater. I bet he’d make a helluva Rum Tum Tugger, though. That leaves Jordis and Mig. Jordis is the best singer in the competition, with natural stage presence and tons of charisma, but she won’t win. It’s too risky to pick a girl when they’ve got Mig, a shirtless Aussie who’s probably the fourth Farriss brother anyway. He’s a good singer with enough charm to be marketable. After the show’s over, any other well-known band looking for a lead singer should snatch Jordis up in a heartbeat. Personally, I’m pulling for RATT to boot Stephen Pearcy and let Jordis take over. That’d be way cool, junior.