Week 2: Performance Show

On this week’s Rock Star: Supernova, some contestants shed their first-week jitters. Others confirmed that they’re just plain bad. Non-North Americans Magni and
Toby had big turnarounds, while stateside schlubs Chris and Phil
continued to struggle.

Because CBS had to fit 14 performances in
an hour-long show, there was no filler at the top of this week’s
episode. Host Brooke Burke sent us right to the music.

Magni – “My Generation” by The Who
Wonderful
job! He’s showing some of the charisma that’s made him a hit in
Iceland. His singing was dead-on, and he showed how one can have great
stage presence without flailing about. If he keeps this up, he’s going
to be a force throughout the competition.

Jenny Galt – “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell
Ooh,
she gave the song a really creepy arrangement. Better than last week,
but she needs to control the vocal vibrato. She looks like a rock ‘n’
roll Heidi Klum.

Jill Gioia – “Violet” by Hole
She
stole Courtney Love’s schtick by wearing a wedding dress and holding a
bouquet — not a good move when your judges actually know Courtney.
Jill claimed it was her own interpretation, but Dave Navarro pointed
out that Courtney sported a wedding dress and roses on her album’s
cover.

As uncomfortable as Jill’s Courtney Love impression was,
it wasn’t nearly as uncomfortable as Tommy Lee asking Jill if she was
wearing anything under the dress. Mercifully, the network cut out Dave
Navarro’s further speculation as to what he thought he’d seen under the
dress. For a full recap from someone who attended the live taping, go
to the “Backstage Spoilers” section of Television Without Pity’s Rock Star forum.

Zayra Alvarez – “You Really Got Me” by The Kinks
Zayra is not good. She dresses like Milla Jovovich in Ultraviolet,
and she doesn’t know what to do onstage, not to mention with her
voice. It’s hard to watch her competitors laughing during her
performances.

But Zayra is my hero because of what she said
after her performance. When Gilby accused her of not knowing what the
band was looking for, she said, “That’s because you haven’t told us
what you want.” When the band asked if she even owned any of their
albums, she retorted that she “was wearing diapers when [they were] out.”

Chris Pierson – “Take Me Out” by Franz Ferdinand
He’s
like a decent karaoke singer in your local bar. Dave Navarro said,
“It’s like I’m watching a winner of a charity contest.” Dave also told
Chris that his performance lacked authenticity.

Chris’s lack of
experience showed tonight. Magni was able to adjust the mic stand while
singing, without missing a beat or looking away from the audience. When
Chris tried to do the same, he knocked the stand over. Not the move of
an experienced frontman.

Dilana – “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash
Dressed
like a vampire, Dilana rearranged the song so that it sounded like
Johnny Cash mixed with a slowed down version of Led Zeppelin’s
“Kashmir.” She owns every performance she gives, and that’s something
that can’t be taught. Along with her honesty in the reality episodes,
it’s easy to see why she’s a fan favorite.

Josh Logan– “With Arms Wide Open” by Creed
He’s
wearing a flannel shirt and bleached jeans. What decade does he think
this is? I hate this song, and he’s not helping it. He does so many
vocal runs, trills, and ad libs, he belongs on Idol, not Rock Star. Dave told him not to overdo the affectations, but I can’t see that happening.

Phil Ritchie– “If You Could Only See” by Tonic
He’s
wiggling so much that it’s almost enough to distract from his crappy
singing. While Tommy seems to have a serious crush on Phil, Jason
Newstead said, “I have to close my eyes to enjoy your voice.”

Storm Large – “Surrender” by Cheap Trick
The
crazy eyes are back. But she’s so into her performance that it’s fun to
watch her. Dave
told her to control her Broadway tendencies: “Have character, don’t be
a character.”

Patrice Pike – “Heart Shaped Box” by Nirvana
She looks like the woman in the allergy medicine commercial
who can’t perform without her pills. Uninspiring, but solid. She
belongs in small clubs, where she’ll have a long career as a local
favorite somewhere.

Lukas Rossi– “Don’t Panic” by Coldplay
He’d
be wise not to choose any more slow songs because there is nothing
pretty about his voice. Jason warned Lukas that, by constricting his
voice, he could be doing long term damage to it.

Ryan Star – “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” by The Rolling Stones
He
strained to hit a lot of the notes–not because they were out of his
range, but because he was trying so hard to seem like he was rocking
out. Not as good as last week.

Dana Andrews– “Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf
She wore a bustier, surely to her parents’ dismay. She’s bubbly and country, which means she’d do very well on Nashville Star.
So much so, it’s mind boggling why she would want to be on this show
instead. She’s not rock enough to be here, even if she does wear
leopard print.

Toby Rand – “Somebody Told Me” by The Killers
It’s
Charlie from Driveshaft! He got off the island! Where was this guy last
week? He’s got a strong, clean voice and tons of energy. I’d buy his
version of this song from MSN.

At the end of the show, the early
bottom three were Jill, Chris, and Zayra. At this point, the people who
don’t perform like they mean it are in the most danger.

Best Performances:
Magni
Dilana
Toby

Worst Performances:
Zayra
Chris
Phil

Despite
her giving one of the most awful performances in Rock Star history, my vote
went to Zayra. Having the courage to stand up to the band earned her
another chance.

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