Monthly Archives: July 2006

Week 3: Performance Show

On this week’s Rock Star: Supernova performance show, Dilana,
Lukas, and Magni continued to cruise. A Runaway Train derailed Toby a
bit. And Zayra turned a sickening, saccharine R.E.M. song into
something that was (Am I really typing this?) pretty good!

Patrice – “Helter Skelter” by The Beatles
Patrice’s
affected Texas twang spilled through into the song, which at least
distracted me from her highlights. She sang fine, but she’s just not my
kind of performer. I can’t shake the suspicion that she’d come off
better in intimate clubs than she does over the airwaves.

Josh – “Come As You Are” by Nirvana
For
some reason, Josh thought that an acoustic rendition of the song would
show his edgy side. By singing out of one side of his pinched mouth, he
sounded just like Tracy Chapman. The members of Supernova were not
impressed.

The problem with Josh is his desire to be the next
White Guy With Soul. There’s a long tradition of wanna-be-soulful white
guys: The Blues Brothers, Michael McDonald, Steve Winwood, Rick Astley,
and last season’s Ty Taylor. Unfortunately, America recently crowned
its newest White Guy With Soul when Taylor Hicks won American Idol. You’re a few months too late, Josh.

Storm – “Just What I Needed” by The Cars
Storm
still couldn’t get the Broadway out of her voice. This tendency will
probably put her out of the running for the job. Tommy’s performance
advice for Storm was that she should wear less clothing, because he’d
like to see more of her. Tommy’s compulsive need to remind everyone
that he is VERY HETEROSEXUAL is almost as grating as Tom Cruise’s. At
least Cruise has been in hiding lately, while he pretends to be a
father.

Lukas – “Let’s Spend the Night Together” by The Rolling Stones
Lukas
didn’t heed any of the voice coach’s advice about not singing from the
throat. But he does have charisma for a guy with skunk hair. And Gilby
liked the goth arrangement after all.

Jill – “All Right Now” by Free
Jill
wore some unfortunate porn star lipstick, but did an admirable job with
a song that has always lacked a certain punch for me. After her second
strong performance in a row — last week’s elimination show and tonight
— Gilby said, “Finally, I can imagine us behind you.” In his mind,
Tommy pumped his fist and said, “You got that right. She’s like a tiny
Pam.”

Ryan – “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Yeeeaaaahhhh,
man! CCR! Too bad Ryan was totally bland. Gilby said Ryan didn’t look
like he was having any fun while he was performing. Ryan responded that
it was time to clear up the misconception that he never smiled. He
lowered his mic, looked at the camera, and smiled for ten seconds.
Funny, but probably not enough to keep him out of the bottom three.

Phil – “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane
Jason
joined Phil on stage to play bass for the song, where Phil got in the
way of a Newsted head bang and received a split lip. This was Phil’s
best performance so far, but that’s not saying much.

Dana – “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi
Dana
has consistently given off the vibe that she’d be the most rocking
counselor at a Baptist summer camp. She needs to go home, and I think
she will. Soon.

Toby – “Runaway Train” by Soul Asylum
Another lame song, and it zapped Toby of his cool Toby powers. Dave took a nap during the song, and I wanted to do the same.

Magni – “Plush” by Stone Temple Pilots
With
his hideous oversized sunglasses, Magni was trying to be either
Icelandic Bono (“Feed the hungry!”) or Icelandic Elderly Man (“Look
out, Farmer’s Market!”). This is kind of a dumb song too, but Magni has
magnetism. And tight jeans. I think I saw mini-Magni. (His Magni-toe?)

Zayra – “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M.
Her
arrangement turned this into an Enya song, but, for the first time, her
La Vida Bjorka voice sounded pretty good. At the end of the
performance, she let out some screams that actually gave me goosebumps.
In a good way, even.

Jenny – “Drive” by Incubus
Jenny
performed a jangly, hippie-girl, indie-pop version of this song that
Gilby said was too Lillith Fair, and not enough OzzFest. I like Jenny,
just not as a member of this band. Get her on a double bill with Suzie
McNeil, and I’m there.

Dilana – “Zombie” by The Cranberries
Supernova
probably wishes they could boot everyone else right now and just pick
Dilana. She has a cool voice and great stage presence. She’s a Hot
Topic Stevie Nicks. Even the lighting crew went over the top for her.

It
seems like Dilana’s got this thing in the bag. But don’t forget that,
at this time last season, it seemed like there was no way that Jordis
could lose. It’s too early to hand the job to Dilana, even though she’s
got a significant edge on the competition.

Best Performances:
Dilana
Lukas
Magni

Worst Performances:
Josh
Dana
Ryan

Early Bottom Three:
Jenny
Dana
Ryan

I
wouldn’t be surprised if the early bottom three sticks as the final
bottom three. My vote went to Magni. His experience and confidence will
help him to improve each week, hopefully peaking when he’s in the final
three.

Week 3: Reality Episode

Fears of picking the wrong song have turned the contestants on Rock Star: Supernova into a bunch of desperados. Suddenly, Lukas isn’t the only villain living in the Hotel California.

Of
course, Lukas had to start this week’s reality episode by blurting out
something he shouldn’t have. As the rockers raised a toast to the
ousted Chris, Lukas said that, were he in Supernova, he would’ve
eliminated someone else.

The band’s only other two elimination
options this past week, Zayra and Jill, didn’t appreciate Lukas’s
statement. Jill asked a question wondered by many: “Why can’t he just
keep his mouth shut?”

Lukas finally did just that the next day,
at the rockers’ first clinic. While waiting for his turn to sing in
front of vocal coach Liz Lewis, he fidgeted nervously and quietly with
his beard.

Reluctantly, he snarled the Heart song “What About
Love,” and Liz told him exactly what Jason Newsted did last week: Lukas
is ruining his vocal chords. Coming from a professional voice coach,
rather than a has-been bassist, Lukas seemed to take her warnings more
seriously.

Dilana emerged from the clinic as the singer with
perhaps the greatest potential. She started her lesson insisting that
her range was limited. But when Liz forced her to sing in a higher key,
Dilana was delighted to hear that her voice sounded stronger and more
beautiful when she wasn’t growling.

The following day,
friendships were tested during this week’s song selection. Josh was the
first to spot the posted songs, and he decided on his favorite before
telling the others that the songs were up.

When everyone entered
the room, Toby said that he’d keep a tally of who was interested in
each song. But Josh declared that he’d be taking “Come As You Are” by
Nirvana. When Dana — probably the only contestant who would do a worse
job with the song –tried to negotiate with him, Josh sat on the sheet
music.

Following Josh’s lead, and ignoring Toby’s requests that
everyone adhere to his list system, Patrice grabbed the music for
“Helter Skelter” by The Beatles. Jill, who’d been deciding between that
song and a few others, confronted Patrice about her aggressive act.

As
they argued, Patrice played both aggressor and victim. First, she held
up a finger and asked Jill, “Were you passionate about it?” as if her
desire for the song gave her more leverage to pick it over any other
contestant. Then, after going on the attack, Patrice informed Jill that
her perception of events was simply a misinterpretation.

Jill
said that their conflict wasn’t about the song but Patrice’s refusal to
negotiate. Jill said, “I don’t need to do it [the song].”

Interpreting the comment as a dig, Patrice shot back, “Don’t think I need to do it, ’cause you know I don’t.”

As Patrice walked away, Jill yelled, “Maybe you do. That’s why you’re so ‘passionate’ about it.”

In
rehearsal with the House Band, Zayra came up with a goofy arrangement
for her song, “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M. As she described what she
wanted, Jim the guitarist said, “What you’re describing sounds like an
orchestra.”

Zayra casually replied, “That’s fine.”

Jim pointed out the obvious: “We’re not an orchestra.”

Things
didn’t go much better for the band during their rehearsal with Lukas.
He tried to improve “Let’s Spend the Night Together” by the Rolling
Stones by adding some Marilyn Manson-type loop effects to it.

The
Band members all shrugged an went along with it, but keyboard player
Paul predicted a bad outcome for Lukas on performance night.
Apparently, Gilby Clarke is a huge Rolling Stones fan and won’t
appreciate the way Lukas tampered with one of that band’s classics.

Week 2: Elimination Show

Somehow, the tone-deaf, vocally-challenged, combative Zayra survived this week’s elimination episode of Rock Star: Supernova.
Maybe the band likes her chutzpah. Maybe the producers think
she makes for good car-wreck TV (I agree). Or maybe it was because it was her
first trip to the bottom three. Whatever the reason, bland Southerner
Chris — in the bottom three for the second week in a row, despite his
awesome perm — got the old heave ho.

The episode began with
footage from the mansion, which was filmed immediately after the
performance show ended. Lukas, Chris, and Jill were defensive about the
negative comments they’d received from the band. However, Toby reminded
them that it was in their own best interests to act on Supernova’s
advice, since they are the ones who will ultimately choose the winner.

When
asked about the footage and their comments from the performance show,
nearly every contestant was conciliatory, if not obsequious. But Zayra
wouldn’t back down from her statement that the guys in Supernova had
their heydays when she was still an infant.

Gilby asked Zayra if
she felt it was important to be familiar with the Supernovans past
albums. Zayra explained, “I am familiar, but you asked if I owned
anything.” She elaborated that, growing up in Puerto Rico, she couldn’t
afford to buy whole albums. She was only able to afford 45RPM record
singles. Gilby nodded and smiled with the smug satisfaction that comes
only from knowing you once amassed a huge fortune by taking every last
dime of disposable income from the pockets of young Puerto Rican girls.
I know that smile; I’ve worn it myself.

Toby gave an encore
performance of “Somebody Told Me” that was just as good as the night
before. Then it was time to announce which performers landed in the
bottom three.

Jenny was the only other person to spend time at
the bottom besides the three singers — Zayra, Chris, and Jill —
mentioned as the early bottom-feeders at the end of last night’s
performance show. Eventually, Jenny’s vote totals went back up, and the
original bottom three became the final bottom three.

Jill – “Bring Me To Life” by Evanescence
It
was smart to do a song that Zayra butchered last week. Jill did a much
better job with it, and Zayra didn’t look amused during the
performance. This is the Jill we’ve waited to see. She set the bar
super high for Zayra and Chris.

Zayra – “You Really Got Me” by The Kinks
She
liked her own arrangement so much, Zayra decided she wanted a chance to
improve on her first performance. She actually did do a better job, not
that it could’ve been much worse. She added a few hysterical screams
that managed to stay in key, and she added some spastic upper body
movements as well. She showed that she might have the potential to be
more of a performance artist than even Dilana.

Chris – “If You Could Only See” by Tonic
If
this was authentic Chris, I think I want inauthentic Chris back. His
eyes were squinting and reopening out of sync with one another, and his
mouth looked like a hole punched through a piece of sad, wet clay; his
face looked like it was melting. But he actually did a decent job
singing. It was the best we’d heard from Chris, so at least he got to
end on a high note.

After deliberating with his bandmates, Gilby
commended Jill on her voice, Zayra on her performance, and Chris on his
willingness to act on their comments. After a brief pause, Tommy told
Jill what the rest of us already knew. She was safe this week.

Despite
Chris’s efforts to change in order to please Supernova, Tommy told
Chris that he “didn’t cut it” and was the second rocker eliminated.
Zayra returned to the other contestants and celebrated by sitting in
Phil’s lap and lying on Magni.

Dave told Chris that tonight’s
performance was his best, and each of the guys made a point of
encouraging Chris. But like the band said, Zayra does put on a heck of
a show. That was reason enough to keep her around for another week.

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.

Week 2: Reality Episode

Big news from CBS. Rock Star: Supernova has changed nights, due to the poor performance it put up last week against So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Got Talent. Performance shows will now air on Tuesday nights at 9 EST, and Elimination episodes will air Wednesday nights at 8 EST.

If
this week’s reality episode is any indication, there will be at least a
few awful performances — not exactly what CBS was hoping for to turn
the show’s fortunes around.

After Matt’s elimination, the
rockers raised a toast in his honor at the mansion. Phil recognized
that he survived elimination because of his song choice more than his
performance. Only half-jokingly, Ryan told Phil, “We don’t know how
you’re still here.”

Chris felt that his own continuing presence
was deserved, and then told Lukas that Phil probably wasn’t long for
the competition. Privately, Lukas said that Chris had better do more to
show why all of his self-confidence is warranted.

Dilana wasn’t
sure that being picked for the season’s first encore was entirely a
good thing. She feared that early favoritism might earn her enemies in
the mansion, and she wasn’t comfortable with the added pressure — a
surprising change from the fearless performance she gave.

When
it came time for the second round of song selection, contestants took
the task much more seriously than they did the first time. Phil became
nervous when he only recognized three of the fourteen possible songs.

Zayra
wanted to sing “Violet” by Hole, until she heard Jill practicing the
vocals. Since she didn’t know the song particularly well, and Jill did
such a good job just practicing it, Zayra traded songs with Jill.

The
song Zayra wound up with, “You Really Got Me” by The Kinks, was just as
unfamiliar to her as the Hole song. It showed during rehearsals with
the House Band. About Zayra’s rehearsal, house band leader Paul said
simply, “It’s really bad.”

Chris felt sure that he’d erased all
memories of his wretched rendition of “Roxanne” with his performance of
“L.A. Woman.” But Paul said that Chris wasn’t out of the woods yet.
Paul repeatedly tried to teach Chris the melody of his song, “Take Me
Out” by Franz Ferdinand, but Chris was never able to correctly repeat
the melody back to Paul.

Eager to show her versatility, Dilana
decided to rearrange Johnny Cash’s classic “Ring of Fire” as a ballad.
The House Band tried to get into the spirit of the rearrangement, but
predicted that Dilana will either get all of the audience votes or none
at all.

Dilana was aware of the risk she was taking. “It could be the death of me.”

And emphasizing just how long people’s memories are, she said, “It could be my ‘Roxanne’.”

Week 1: Elimination Show

Matt was the first singer eliminated from Rock Star: Supernova, giving
the audience a better idea of what Supernova will ultimately sound
like. Here’s a hint: they won’t sound like Duran Duran.

The
episode began with a look at some of the footage from the web episode
— and some questions about last night’s performances. Dave Navarro
asked Chris if he regretted picking “Roxanne,” to which he foolishly
answered, “No.”

New footage filmed at the mansion after the
performance show further indicated that Chris may be a little
delusional. In an interview snippet, he said,”I wouldn’t be here if I
wasn’t one of the best singers in the world.” There are probably
several hundred platinum-selling artists who would disagree.

Later
that evening at the mansion, Lukas put Dana on the spot by asking her
to name the singers she thought deserved to be in the bottom three.
When Matt turned the question back on Lukas, he wouldn’t answer, only
saying, “A lot of you sucked.”

After the footage, we returned to
the live footage. Dave asked Lukas to finally spill his bottom three.
Lukas picked Chris, Dana, and Jenny.

The Supernovans then
announced their favorite performance from the previous show. They
picked Dilana to do an encore of “Lithium.”

Brooke asked all of
the contestants who were in the bottom three at some point during the
previous night’s voting to stand. Chris, Phil, Magni, Matt, Zayra, and
Ryan were all asked to rise.

Brooke announced that the final
members of the bottom three would be allowed to perform songs of their
choosing. Here’s who went, and how they did:

Chris – “L.A. Woman” by The Doors
The
song showed the limits are of Chris’ voice. He has no high range —
it’s like he’s doing a poor Ian Astbury imitation. But it was an
improvement over “Roxanne.”

Phil – “Stars” by Switchfoot
Phil
has no charisma. The way he carries himself makes it look like he’s
made of Jell-o, and he sounds like he just came from the dentist. He
slides to hit every note. Time to go back to the chem lab, Phil.

Matt – “Planet Earth” by Duran Duran
He
obviously was surprised to be in the bottom three. He sang the slowest
song of the night, which usually doesn’t go over well with the voting
public. Duran Duran was a weird choice, but Matt had rearranged the
song to make it heavier.

Unfortunately, the band just looked
confused during the performance. Too bad Butch wasn’t around to stick
up for Duran Duran. Matt sounded really good, but he might be better
suited for a band like The Killers.

When it came time to
eliminate someone from the competition, Supernova immediately sent Phil
back to the group, because Tommy’s a fan of Switchfoot. Then, Tommy
stressed the importance of song selection and eliminated Matt.

To
Matt’s credit, he was so gracious in his farewell speech that he made
Tommy feel awful for having kicked him off of the show. Tommy should
feel bad, because he booted the only one of those three who can
consistently sing well.

So now we know that the men of Supernova
lack any sense of humor (or irony), and — despite their protestations
that their band is not metal — anyone who picks a song that does not
at least qualify as hard or classic rock is in serious jeopardy. Good
luck to Matt. He’s better off without these chumps anyway.

Week 1: Performance Show

Rock Star’s second season officially kicked off tonight, and host
Brooke Burke was as scantily clad as ever. Evidently, co-host Dave
Navarro spent most of the winter looking up Brooke on the internet. Ah,
how I’ve missed Dave’s creepy banter.

Brooke explained that
voting would begin immediately after the evening’s final performance,
and that, like last season, the three performers receiving the fewest
fan votes would be up for ejection on tomorrow night’s results show.
Then, it was on to the performances:

Storm Large – “Pinball Wizard” by The Who
It’s hard not to sound silly singing this goofy song, but she’s got a strong voice. She’ll be around for a while.

Ryan Star – “Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls
He’s
going for the troubled guy vibe, so it’ll be nice to see him break out
of that at some point, because he’s got tons of potential. Solid vocals
by Ryan and a nice song arrangement by the House Band.

Toby Rand – “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” by Bob Dylan
He
had the band play acoustic, which just put a spotlight on his constant
vocalizations and scatting. It was like he couldn’t stand to let a
second of music go by without vocals. But the band’s producer, Butch
Walker, said that Toby’s got the kind of voice that records really well.

Patrice Pike – “Somebody to Love” by Jefferson Airplane
She
did a great job interacting with the House Band. It looked like she was
gonna make out with Raphael. Very strong performance.

Magni – “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones
A
little underwhelming. His Mick Jagger impression looked more like
drunken stumbling. Even the band looked like they’d expected more from
Magni. But points for draping himself all over Brooke as she sent the
show to commercial.

Zayra Alvarez – “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence
She’s
got an awful, nasal quality to her voice, and she sounded out of breath
the entire song. Zayra’s pretty enough that Jason Newsted proposed
marriage to her, but that’s the closest she’s gonna get to being a
member of the band. You can be top groupie and never get a sniff of the
stage.

Jenny Galt – “This Is How You Remind Me” by Nickelback
She’ll
stick around, but she needs some better songs. She wasn’t sure on the
notes, but she’s got a poppy, airy quality to her voice that’s pretty
and interesting. And she can can play guitar without looking at the
chords. Hopefully she’ll get another shot.

Josh Logan – “She Talks to Angels” by The Black Crowes
He has no look and did a total vocal imitation of Chris Robinson. There’s only one Mr. Kate Hudson, pal, and you ain’t it.

Matt Hoffer – “Yellow” by Coldplay
He
really knows how to engage an audience, and his voice was up to the
task–without sounding like a Chris Martin impersonation. It’s too bad
that the song’s pace was a bit slow compared to the rest of the songs
tonight. He should do great next week.

Dilana – “Lithium” by Nirvana
She’s scary. And she sounds like she swallowed razor blades. That said, she’s kind of captivating. And scary.

Dana Andrews – “I’m the Only One” by Melissa Ethridge
The
resident Southern belle should’ve avoided this song like the plague,
since it’s such a cliched choice for female performers on shows like
this. And she’s young enough that she hasn’t learned how to control her
voice yet. She may be a few years away from lead singer status.

Phil Ritchie – “Cult of Personality” but Living Colour
He sounded ridiculous and looked like a nerd trying to look tough — kind of like when Ryan Gosling was on Young Hercules. It was an embarrasing performance.

Jill Gioia – “Piece of My Heart” by Janis Joplin
This
is the third Janis Joplin impression of the evening (after Patrice and
Dana). I hope she picks something really different next week. She’s got
killer pipes and good stage presence, so let’s see if she can reach her
full potential.

Chris Pierson – “Roxanne” by The Police
Wow,
this was terrible. The normally stoic Jason laughed at him throughout
the performance, and Gilby told him he stunk. Butch criticized him for
doing a bad arrangement of the song.

Lukas Rossi – “Rebel Yell” by Billy Idol
The
House Band ruled! The song was a great choice by Lukas, who nailed the
vocals and was controlled chaos onstage. It was the best performance of
the night, rivalling some of the best from last season.

Best of the night: Lukas, Ryan, and Storm.

Worst of the night: Chris, Phil, and Zayra.

Not the best, but deserving of another chance: Jenny, Patrice, and Matt.

My vote goes to Lukas. If he doesn’t get tomorrow night’s encore, I’ll be shocked.