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The Supernova Burnout: Finale

Posted by Adam on September 13, 2006

And so it has come to this.  Tonight we find out “whose cuisine will reign supreme!” . . . sorry, wrong show.  The time has come for the world to find out who will join the 80s hair explosion trio of Tommy, Gilby, and Jason to form everyone’s favorite made-for-television rock and roll band.  May the best man (or woman) win on the season finale of Rock Star: Supernova.

After a very brief recap of last night we head straight into announcing the bottom two.  As last night’s show went off the air the popularity order was Dilana, Toby, Lukas, and Magni.  Over the course of the night only Toby dropped to join the other two guys in elimination eligibility.  Right off the bat I am surprised that all four were not in the bottom two at some point.  I would continue to be surprised as Lukas, who I thought was the worst of the bunch last night, staved off early elimination.  Magni and Toby each performed a song.

Magni was up first, electing to perform Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire”, a song that he did an excellent job on during a prior elimination saving performance.  Once again it was a solid effort, letting him show off his guitar skills in addition to his knack for delivering the goods on classic rock songs.  Not sure if rehashing a previous song was the best choice for him though.

Toby’s turn came next as he sang “White Wedding” by Billy Idol, also a song that he performed weeks ago on the show (though not during an elimination night).  Just a so-so performance for me, but the crowd ate it up and are clearly in love with the Aussie.  I don’t think Supernova will boot him before Magni, so he better hope his next performance is much better if he wants to win.  Though will Supernova pick either of these guys to front them since they were in the bottom two already?

Gilby is up to lay down the law.  Without even talking about Toby he says that the Supernovans respect and enjoy Magni, but they feel that he is more a part of the band than the lead singer of the band and make him the first casualty of the night.  I don’t disagree with the reasoning, and I would imagine that Magni may even take that as a compliment, but I find it funny coming from three larger than life rock personalities.  To think that any of the wannabes will stand out and in front of the egos and personas of the Supernovans is hard to imagine.  So we have Lukas, Dilana, and Toby remaining who have stood apart since the beginning of the show’s run.  After a brief look back at each it is time for the final performances, which will also be rehashes of the wannabes’ favorite songs of the competition.  Eh.

Lukas starts it off with The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony”.  What was one of his better performances of the season loses some of its impact this go around, perhaps because we know how he is going to sing it.  Case in point, the silence and lighting effect midway through has absolutely no energy or wow factor this time.  He probably picked the right song, but the overall effort could’ve been better.

Dilana chooses to resing “Zombie” by The Cranberries, which is a song that I remember also being one of her better ones in my mind.  Sadly the song brings out what I like least about Dilana: the hoarsey voice, the yodelling, and the frantic, mummer-like movements.  As I watched her go through the song I could not picture the South African fronting Supernova.

Toby finished the song fest with The Killer’s “Somebody Told Me”.  Another solid choice, as it is a song that suits his singing style well.  Again nothing too special, though he showed that out of the remaining three he can work a crowd the best.  I think it will either be him or Lukas, and I think that Toby would ulitmately pull in the most money for the group.  Interesting to note that we still have a half hour of show time left as we go to commercial and the Supernovans debate.

Jason is up with the break down of the trio.  He starts with Toby.  Toby has the best vocal range of the bunch, his performances have kept getting better and better and better, and . . . he’s the next one to go.  Wow, that came out of nowhere!  The crowd is not thrilled, but the Aussie doesn’t seem surprised.  Being in the bottom two tonight probably hurt him.  So Dilana and Lukas are the final two, and both dressed in dark colors Dave gets off a valid zinger about them looking like they are in a goth marriage.  Brooke makes the bonehead comment of the night by saying that they were the highest vote getters last night.  Really?  You mean the two wannabes who weren’t in the bottom two were in the top two?  That’s amazing!  Another deliberation, aka stall for television suspense time, is needed before a winner is announced.

Tommy “The Hatchet Man” Lee is out with his patented Tommy-Hawk to deliver the final edict.  He has nothing but praise to shower upon both Lukas and Dilana, and ultimately they cop out and say that they are listening to the fans and going with the highest vote getter, rendering tonight’s entire show pointless.  The conspiracy theorists can start to run wild, because your new lead singer of Supernova is . . . Lukas Rossi.

Interesting to note that both winners of the two seasons of Rock Star have hailed from Toronto, so whoever the Canadian on the next incarnation is has got to be the front runner.  I think Lukas is the safe choice, but he has seemed to deteriorate in my eyes as the show has run its course.  He was the most rocking of anyone in the early weeks, but in an effort to “show range” he seemed to become more mellow and whiney as the field got whittled down.  I’d go as far to say that he and Ryan were the antithesis of each other, and I now have no clue what to expect out of him fronting this band.

If the final two songs of the show, which had Lukas, Tommy, Gilby, and Jason in full Supernovan splendor closing it out, are any indication this will not be what people are expecting.   I am willing to make the allowance that this is a very crude and unpolished Supernova that we heard tonight, and they have three months to figure things out and find a sound that works the best for them.  My guess is that sound will be nothing like the tidbits we heard and saw over the run of Rock Star.  I am eager to hear what the end result will ultimately be, but I am not too sure that I will enjoy it as much as I initially thought I would many weeks back.  Let’s hope that Mr. Butch Walker can work his magic one more time.  I’ve had fun writing these recaps each week, and I hope you have enjoyed reading.  Now I have to find something new to write about.


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Rock Star: Supernova week 11

Posted by Adam on September 12, 2006

The final Tuesday edition of Rock Star: Supernova finds four wannabes remaining.  Off the heels of last week we can surely expect each to perform at least two songs, perhaps even three.  Will they get to do new originals?  Will they sing Supernova tracks?  Will Supernova perform?  Will anyone get eliminated tonight?  Also, a former wannabe will return to play a special fan request.  Who will it be?  It’s the second to last show as we start week 11, the final week, of Rock Star: Supernova.

We start off with the fan choice encore, and it should come as no surprise that it is Ryan back to sing his original, “Back of Your Car”.  He is much more humble and polite this go around, thanking the band for the opportunity before giving a reserved performance.  He also wins a car for winning the online vote.

Brooke then informs us how tonight and tomorrow will break down.  Tonight each wannabe sings two songs, a cover and the same original as last week (which I don’t dig at all since we’ve already heard Toby and Lukas sing their’s twice and Dilana’s and Magni’s were forgettable).  Bottom two start off tomorrow night singing for elimination, and then I would imagine the remianing three each perform one last song before a winner is chosen and closes the show with Supernova.  With a rehash of the originals this could be a lackluster second to last show.

Nice juxtaposition by Toby with his song choice, singing the softer more melodic “Karma Police” before going into his full of energy original.  Also, the fact that he was the umpteenth wannabe to have Magni play during his song makes me think that Magni’s guitar skills have got to be as strong as his vocals (and perhaps even better than my mad Guitar Hero virtual shredding abilities).

A few weeks ago one of my friends mention how Lukas reminded him of a young kid who you could beat up, and my opinion of the Torontonian has not been the same since.  I wanted to deny my buddy’s claim, but as I’ve watched and listened to the pussification of my one time favorite I don’t the image is too far fetched.  What I liked about Lukas was his throwback to 80’s glam rock, but lately the heavy stuff has been replaced by a subltler, softer, whiny vibe.  By performing Coldplay and then an acoustic version of his original Lukas just seems out of place with Supernova.  Surprisingly Gilby and Tommy fawned all over him (Jason didn’t comment) reinforcing in my mind what some conspiracy theorists have speculated since the beginning of the show – that Supernova made Lukas their choice long ago.  If last week’s voting was any indication (when Lukas made a similar song choice and toned down Nirvana) he will be in the bottom two again.

Dilana had an interesting set.  “Roxanne” was probably her best sung song on the show, as she started it out a cappella and I heard no hint of the raspiness that usually accompanies her vocals.  Another nice touch during the song when the other three wannabes provided the backup vocals.  Also surprising was the fact that the South African was literally prancing around the soundstage during her original, showing no sign of the torn calf that she suffered two weeks ago.  The raspiness returned during that song though, probably signalling that it is omnipresent when her energy picks up.  Not sure I’d enjoy hearing her screech through a Supernova album, but she performed well tonight.

Magni’s cover of “Hush” was the most energetic song of the night, and probably closest to what I would imagine Supernova to sound like.  However, Tommy’s comment about not remembering anything about his original cannot bode well for the Iceman.  Easily the most rocking set of the night though, which goes a long way in my book, but that might not make a difference in the voting.

The flash voting revealed the following order as the show went off the air:  Dilana, Toby, Lukas, and Magni bringing up the rear.  I definatly think that Lukas will be in the bottom two, and I am inclined to say that Magni will join him, though I will go as far to say that Toby may be safe for sure but Dilana could sneak down.   I would like to see Toby win it all, but my doubts have been piqued about whether or not the decision to go with Lukas has already been made.  I’m also wondering if Storm has slept with Tommy yet or that is something that won’t happen until the tour, but that is a question for another time.  Now we must wait until tomorrow to see the scripted conclusion that Mark Burnett has created.  I’m kidding about the scripted part . . . I hope.  Your set list:

  1. Toby – “Karma Police” by Radiohead and “Throw it Away”
  2. Lukas – “Fix You” by Coldplay and “Headspin” (acoustic)
  3. Dilana – “Roxanne” by The Police and “Super Soul”
  4. Magni – “Hush” by Deep Purple and “When the Time Comes”

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The Supernova Burnout week 10

Posted by Adam on September 6, 2006

Original Supernova track debuts! Encores! Elmination performances! The Tommy-Hawk! Yes boys and girls, it is the results show for Rock Star: Supernova. Let’s do this!

Noticable lack of fluff this week, as we don’t even get mansion footage to dissect. In its place we get fawn sessions for Lukas and Toby, which allows for one of the best lines of the season. In response to a girl in the crowd yellling at him to go out with her, Toby tells her “maybe in ten years.” After that it was straight into the new Supernova track, “It’s All Love.”

Magni had frontman honors this week for what is undoubtedly the hair band ballad of the new CD. I think Magni’s style was more befitting of this track, and that probably had more than anything to do with him getting selected over Storm. As for the song itself, I think Magni held his own, but given that it was a slower more melodic song it was tough to compare to previous weeks efforts. The song seemed pretty generic to me and did not get me excicted for the CD at all. Hopefully Supernova returns to bring the rock again in the final week.

The encore went to Toby, who won a new Honda Element by being selected. I am very surprised by this, but not for the obvious reason. Toby’s original song “Throw it Away” was by far the best of the night last night, and I am happy to see him rewarded for his efforts. However not only did I not expect the Supernovans to make an original song an encore, but I also figured that since Toby had the encore last week he would not be performing again. Evs.

As the show went off the air last night the voting order was Toby, Lukas, Magni, Storm, and Dilana, meaning Toby and Lukas would be safe. Brooke informs us that all five of the wannabes were in the bottom three at some point over the course of voting, and at this point in the competition that shouldn’t surprise anyone.

First up to perform is Storm, showcasing her vocal chops with Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”. A very emotional performance, that we find out was dedicated to her mom, which caused tears to flow not only from Storm but from Jason as well. Storm is probably the best pure singer out of the remaining five, but I’m not sure that was the right type of song to be singing on elimination night. It was a good performance, but I think if the other two tracks tonight are more Supernova type of music she could be gone.

Performee number two is Dilana who says that she is overdue to sing punk rock, so she chooses “I Want You to Want Me” by Cheap Trick. Not the first song I think of when I hear the word punk, but I am proven wrong from the first note. Dilana turns up the speed and rockets through the song. Might be my favorite performance by her ever, and it couldn’t have come at a better time because I had her pegged for elimination heading into tonight. I now think she is safe. Also, probably my favorite reworking of a classic song that I’ve heard on the show as well. She may not have been my most liked, but I give credit where credit is due. Although I will point out that again, not neccessarily the type of song you would hear Supernova perform.

The final wannabe up for elimination tonight is Lukas, who decides to perform his original track, “Headspin” one more time. This being his first elimination performance, coupled with the fact that the Supernovans seem to dig him, and I don’t think he’s going anywhere. Upon a second listen to his song, I think it would actually get pretty good play on an alternative rock station. Also, probably the closest we’ve come tonight to hearing something that Tommy, Gilby, and Jason might play on tour. He’s safe.

So for the first time in many weeks my predictions were pretty accurate last night. I nailed Lukas and Dilana being in the bottom three, and I was really torn between adding Storm or Magni (OK, so I picked the wrong one, but close can count!). Gilby is up with the performance summary. Storm really mixed it up and showed lots of range in her song selection last night and tonight, but she’s been in the bottom three multiple times. Dilana has been the one to watch most of the season, but again bottom three multiple times now. First time in the bottom three for Lukas, and now with the experience under his belt he can sit down. Time for Tommy “the Hatchet Man” Lee to lay down the verdict, but he balks and passes off the Tommy-Hawk chain to Jason to do the honors. A love fest ensues, and when all is said and done Storm is sent packing. The love fest continues though, and even with all the babbling we finish up a good six or seven minutes before the end of the hour. We are now officially in the final week, and it has become Toby’s contest to lose I do believe.

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Rock Star: Supernova week 10

Posted by Adam on September 5, 2006

We’re down to the final five wannabes, and in eight days from now Supernova will have an official lead singer. Who has what it takes to win? Have Tommy, Gilby, and Jason already decided who their man or woman is? It’s Tuesday night, so the wait is over to find out. Time for week 10 of Rock Star: Supernova!

The show starts off, as always, with our weekly dose of made-for-TV drama from the mansion. We actually learn a few meaningful things this go around. First, despite my crude attempts at reality show math the past few weeks, there will be four wannabes heading into the final week, so we won’t be having that double elimination I’ve been calling for. Also, each of the remaining five will be performing two songs this week, a cover and an original. Since none of those left standing have gotten a chance to show what their own stuff sounds like, this should be a telling week. The final bit of news comes later in the show when Brooke announces that the House Band will be the opening act for Supernova on tour. Evidently they will keep the runners-up around and kinda have an American Idol type tour. Not sure I dig that.

The mansion footage is relegated to a bit piece about them going in individually to write a song with Gilby. Toby gets praised highly, Lukas is shown to be unprepared, and Dilana once again gets the short end of the stick (Magni and Storm were not featured). I’m really thinking that someone affiliated with the band, either one of the Supernovans themselves or Mr. Butch Walker, is very much anti-Dilana as the mud slinging has been coming nonstop the past few shows. I can’t see her winning at this point, and before the performances she would have to be my favorite to go home this week.

If Dilana is getting the shaft, Lukas is getting the love. I did not enjoy his set at all tonight. First he took one of the all-time stadium rock anthems and stripped it all the way down and followed that up with another “tortured soul” original. Lukas has been one of my favorites througout the show’s run, and if I didn’t like what he did at all, I am amazed that none of the Supernovans had anything remotely negative to say about it. I couldn’t even understand the lyrics to a song I know until he got 30 seconds into it. It was about that point in the song that I was gonna forgive him for destroying it figuring he would stay soft til the second verse and then kick it up. Well the energy never came. Furthermore, after going soft and lullaby-like through the verses he tried to up the energy with his patented Lukas power voice for the chorus which just did not fit in with the rest of the song. Easily my worst of the night.

Dilana wasn’t so great either, but she evidently tore her calf muscle during rehersals (ouch!) so who knows how the discomfort was affecting her. Her cover was a passable version, but at this stage passable isn’t good enough. Also, I have to agree with Gilby when he said that her lyrics needed some work. As I sit here and right this immediately after the show I can’t even remember what Dilana’s original song was like, which doesn’t bode well for her.

Actually I can’t remember much about anyone’s original besides Toby’s. I know that Magni’s was a solid dose of angry rock, heavier than most of the stuff he has shown us. Much like his efforts over the weeks it was good, but not necessarily great. He should move on to the final week.

Storm had the honor of singing with Dave on lead guitar during her cover. She’s always probably had the best interaction with the band out of all the wannabes, and it showed this time out as well as she seemed to be able to share the spotlight with Mr. Navarro. Her original was my second favorite of the night. I’d call it a (girl) power rock song that had a memorable hook and chorus. Storm also had the full backing of the Supernovans tonight, so that in tandem with the strong fan base she has shown might let her squeak to safety.

The star of the night though was unquestionably the man from down under. I thought that Toby rushed through his cover, but maybe that was just because he couldn’t wait to get to his original. What a way to close the show. His song was an upbeat, catchy, radio friendly gem. It could easily be released this week and land in the top ten by the end of the month. Check this out on youtube as soon as it becomes available. Needless to say the Austrailian is now my favorite to win it all.

The flash voting gave us the rankings of all five wananbes instead of just the bottom three, and I’m sure they are less telling as they always appear. The rankings as the show went off the air were: Toby, Lukas, Magni, Storm, and Dilana. I agree with first and last, but I would change the middle part to look like: Storm, Magni, and Lukas. Lukas and Dilana easily make my bottom three, with Magni and Storm being neck and neck for the final performing spot tomorrow. While I would love to see Magni survive again, I think his change of fortune from last week was a one shot deal and he will be back in the bottom three tomorrow.

Storm performs with Supernova, and Magni gets the encore with “Back in the USSR”, because quite frankly I can’t see an original getting the encore.  Dilana goes home.  She’s been on a downward spiral since the criticism and her star is fading way to fast, plus with the leg injury the Supernovans can play it off like they are looking out for her well being.  Here’s the set list:

  1. Dilana – “Behind Blue Eyes” by The Who and “Super Soul”
  2. Magni – “Back in the USSR” by The Beatles and “When the Time Comes”
  3. Storm – “Suffraggette City” by David Bowie and “(What the [What] is) Ladylike”
  4. Lukas – “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi and “Headspin”
  5. Toby – “Mr. Brightsides” by The Killers and “Throw it Away”

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The Supernova Burnout week 9

Posted by Adam on August 30, 2006

Only three more weeks of results show, and we will have ourselves a new lead singer for Tommy, Gilby, and Jason.  Until then we will have to settle for a new song debut and an elimination or two, as we find out the results of this week’s Rock Star: Supernova performances.

The mansion footage is total fluff this week (as opposed to the mostly fluff that it usually is), so we won’t waste our time there.  The new Supernova track of the week is called “It’s On” according to Jason, though listening to it, it may be called “Shine On”.  The honor to front the Supernovans goes to Lukas tonight.  My least favorite of the three songs that we’ve heard, as this does not have the catchy hook and sarcasm of the first two tracks they performed.  Also, while visually Lukas fits the band perfectly, I thought the vocals didn’t gel as well as Toby or Dilana did.  Of course this could be due to the song as well.  Out of the three who have gotten the chance to front the band, Toby seemed the most natural fit thus far.

Speaking of the Austrailian, he got graced with the encore performance tonight.  However, much like last week when he fronted the band, that did not mean he was safe from elimination.  Storm, Ryan, and Lukas were your bottom three after the flash vote at the end of last night’s show, and wouldn’t you know that Toby . . . and Dilana joined them.  Magni wins!  Oh wait, evidently that’s not how it works.  Good to see his blatant begging and pleading for votes last night was successful.  He deserves to stick around for at least another week.  Brooke says that this means he got the most votes this week, but for all we know he could’ve been in third place all night and the bottom three leapfrogged him back and forth.
Up first to sing is Ryan, performing The Who’s “Baba O’Riley”.  From the start of the song when he popped open a champagne bottle, to the twirling of his corded mic, to leaping off of the amp tower, this was nothing short of a manic and crazed performance.  I think he was trying to hard and blew up on stage.  His worst effort of the last few weeks.  I can’t see “the Dark Horse” surviving the night.

Storm was next to the stage, and perhaps gaining influence from Ryan’s performance, she is singing “Helter Skelter” by the Beatles.  Another energetic performance, but in a more controlled manner than the Dark Horse before her.  Not her best outing, but not her worst either.  You could tell she was having fun up there and felt back in her element.  With this being her first time singing to stave off elimination, my guess would be that she survives.

Our final singer tonight is Dilana, proving that my theory about the voting masses revolting against her for last week’s outbursts correct.  She decides to capitalize on her situation and sing the Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer”.  If I hadn’t seen Dilana do the whole crazy lady schtick during the first few weeks of the show, I would have been certain that she had snapped and gone off the deep end.  Maybe she did anyways.  It should’ve been a tip off when she stated that the song was dedicated to herself.  The intense eyes were working, the primal dancing, the banshee shrieks, it was all there.  Dilana even managed to forget some of the lyrics during the second half of the song.  I would think that this being her first forray into the brink of elmination she would be safe, but the downward spiral (blatant or not) is getting really bizarre.   We might have another shocker, as Dilana could get booted along side Ryan.

Gilby is up, and that means it’s time to dissect the dead wannabes walking.  Ryan has shown more growth than anyone in the history of the show, but is he right for Supernova?  Storm has been solid from the start, but where’s her growth?  Dilana’s performance came from left field tonight and they know she messed up during the song, but she’s earned serious cred with the boys.  Nobody gets to sit as we go to Tommy “the Hatchet Man” Lee for the verdict, and the ruling is Ryan is the only one going home.  The crowd shits all over Supernova, showering the decision with the loudest boo’s we have heard on the show.  Right decision though.  He was growing on me a lot, but out of those left it was his time to go.

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Rock Star: Supernova week 9

Posted by Adam on August 29, 2006

Tonight is Viewer’s Choice night on Rock Star: Supernova (of course by Friday when I checked the website I was unable to find song choice, so I’m not sure how long the voting window for song selection stayed open).  Will Dilana get another smear job?  Will “The Darkhorse” continue to get pushed to the top?  Will Storm just get back to rocking out?  Those answers and plenty more questions as we get rolling on week 9 of the competition.

The show begins with post results show drama at the mansion, as Dilana is torn up, down trodden, morose, and devastated.  Did I mention she’s upset?  It all comes to a boil when a camera tries to zoom in on her talking to Lukas and Magni.  She flicks off the camera and runs away in tears, smashing a wine glass in the process — a glass that ends up sending a shard into Magni’s forehead (of which he later passes off as “only a flesh wound”).  I just can’t feel that bad for Dilana.  She knew she was going on a reality show.  She knew that there were going to be cameras every.  She knew that anything she said anywhere could come back and haunt her.  And if she didn’t, then she should’ve done her homework.

Also, while it is Viewer’s Choice week, there was a wild card choice for each wannabe that was a song that had been performed by someone else.  And guess what?  The wildcard was selected for all six of them (overwhelmingly so for all save Ryan).  That means that not only do we get to judge their efforts tonight, but we have something to base each one off of.

Storm was my least favorite tonight, but I am left to wonder if that is partially due to her performing a song that I neither am in love with or fits her natural vocal range.  However, when I heard what both Lukas and Ryan were performing I wasn’t looking forward to them either and they both brought their A-games.  Really everyone else gave one of their top performances, so the voting will really hinge on who has more fans amongst the voting masses.  Bad news me thinks for Magni, who despite some hillarious campaigning during his bio bump into his song (“Austrailia vote for me cause I’m better looking than Toby”, etc.), looks like he is in trouble given the treatment the fans have given him the past two weeks.

With Toby and Dilana already having sung with Supernova, I think that Ryan will get his chance this week.  I would most like to hear Lukas, but I think even if he lands in the bottom three there is no way that he goes home this week.  Thus he can be held back another week to look extremely jealous when whoever gets picked is fronting the boys instead of him.  If there were to be an encore I would give it to the Torontonian for his refreshing take on the increasingly tiresome Nirvana covers that seem to be part of the patchwork of this show.

The live studio crowds they get have really taken away from some of the performances too I think.  Obviously, because this is television, it is all the “pretty” people who get the spots in front of the stage, while Joe and Jane Average are the ones in the unlit stadium seating behind the Supernovans.  The pretties are mindless drones though.  I don’t know if it is by their own accord or through the Pavlovian direction of the producers, but no matter what song is performed they all clap or sway their arms in unison.  These are the only two movements they are capable of doing, and quite frankly there are times during a song (or even some songs entirely) when this is not only unnecessary, but disrupting as well.  Furthermore when there is an instance when the performer wants the crowd to sing the chorus for him or her (as Toby did tonight) they seem to miss the cue unless verbally goaded multiple times.  This is supposed to be a crowd full of Supernova’s fans?  Um, OK.

It is almost impossible to predict who will be staving off elimination tomorrow by performing.  I’d probably have more luck just randomly selecting names, but since I am a glutton for punishment I will give it a go.  Storm, Ryan, and Lukas were in the bottom three as the show went off the air, but I can’t see all three still being there tomorrow.  We very well could have our first week where everyone was in the bottom at some point.  I’ll keep Storm there, as she was a rung below the rest in my mind (and the Supernovans seemed to agree).  Magni’s fans haven’t been supporting him this far, so I see no reason why things will change.  Add him.  For the third one, I am sticking with my gut reaction from last week and saying that the voting masses will send a message to Dilana and put her up for elimination.  Now watch it be Lukas, Ryan, and Toby instead.  Enjoy the set list with original Rock Star performer in brackets.

  1. Lukas – “Lithium” by Nirvana [Dilana]
  2. Magni – “I Alone” by Live [Ryan]
  3. Ryan – “Clocks” by Coldplay [Magni]
  4. Storm – “Bring Me To Life” by Evanesence (w/Toby on backup vocals) [Jill]
  5. Toby – “Rebel Yell” by Billy Idol [Lukas]
  6. Dilana – “Mother, Mother” by Tracy Bonham [Jill]

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The Supernova Burnout week 8

Posted by Adam on August 23, 2006

Here we are once again.  Who will sing with the band?  Who will get the encore?  Who (and how many) will get the hatchet?  It’s time to find out the results for Rock Star: Supernova week number 8!

Our opening recap/after show footage was actually somewhat interesting this week.  I tend to take the mansion coverage with a grain of salt, because it is very easy to edit down hours worth of tape (let alone a week’s worth) into almost anything you want it to be.  However, with that being said, Dilana came across as an asshole tonight.  I think it is safe to say that her and Ryan would not have anything to do with each other if they didn’t both happen to be auditioning to front Supernova.  Catty comments were made back and forth about not wanting to share lead singing duties with each other, and to me that part was understandable and humorous, but Dilana also saw fit to put down Ryan’s performance every way she could.  Then in a different segment where the wannabes had to be interviewed by three different talking heads (one of which was Mark from the original Road Rules, who evidently now works for Fox Reality because he finally got too old to be on all those MTV challenge shows, but I digress . . . ), Dilana felt it necessary to bury Lukas as well.  It seems to me that her head, like the Grinch’s heart after he gives back Christmas, has grown three sizes too big.  She would be well advised to listen, learn, and respect her fellow residents of Who (wants to be in Supernova) ville.

Speaking of Tommy, Gilby, and Jason, our debut original this week is called “Be Yourself (and Five Other Cliches).”  Even the song names have Mr. Butch Walker’s handwriting on them.  The song again seemed very much in his producing/song writing vein, but this go around had influences of the new British Invasion (think Artic Monkeys, The Zutons, The Kinks, et al).  Toby was selected to front them, and having heard his performance of the song I can’t think of any of the wannabes who would’ve done a better job.  Very different song than last week’s “Leave the Lights On”, and I think I like last week’s offering better.  I think that Toby gave a better performance than Dilana though, and if the songs continue to have the sarcastic, carefree vibe to them then the perceived front runners might not be right for the band.  The days are numbered before Patrice goes home, and Ryan, Dilana, and Magni might be too dark, angry, and/or grungy for this type of music.  Toby fits the mold the best, and I would like to hear Lukas and Storm get the next opportunities to front the boys because they may or may not be able to make it work well.

Our bottom three coming out of last night were Toby, Storm, and Patrice.  Suprisingly Magni is the only other competitor to join them on their feet.  Magni clearly does not have as big of a home grown fan base as the rest of those still alive.  If it were purely based on watching what these guys have done on this show, Magni should not be standing before Ryan or Dilana (not saying he is better than them, but he has performed just as well over the last few weeks, with emphasis on last night).

And surprise, surprise Magni is performing first with “Fire” by Jimmi Hendrix.  He decides to play guitar on the track and just murders the song, even prompting a raucous reaction from Tommy after he finishes (during a time when I’m pretty sure the Supernovans aren’t supposed to react).  He’s gotta be safe once again, but this is two weeks in a row when the masses have voted him to perform.  How many more chances are the boys willing to grant him, even if he continues to kill?

Patrice is up next, singing The Pretenders’ “Middle of the Road”.  I’m familiar with the group, but this was a song I did not recognize.  She gave a usual Patrice performance, solid, if not spectacular, and plenty cheery.  With the Ice Man delivering and the final performer of the night an elimination neophyte, Patrice has sung her last song.  I feel pretty confidant about that.

Finally, proving that even Supernova themselves can be shocked by the voting, Toby is called up to perform for the second time tonight.  “Plush” by Stone Temple Pilots, performed earlier in the season by Magni, is his song of choice.  I remember Magni’s version being solid and faithful, but it does not stand out in my head.  Toby does a good job with the track, playing up to the crowd and tossing in a drum solo in the middle.  He sang with the boys earlier in the show, and it’s his first time in the bottom three, so he is safe.  Looking like it’s just going to be Patrice sent packing.

The band has talked things over and Gilby is here with the set-up.  They are shocked to see Toby up there, as they picked him to sing with them tonight, so he gets to sit down.  Magni killed, but this is two weeks in a row.  Patrice though has been here for four weeks now, but he’s glad she got a chance to sing her original.  With a build that weak it is blatantly obvious what is about to happen.  Tommy “The Hatched Man” Lee ends the misery by cutting Patrice clean and quick.

A few parting shots before I leave you.  No encore this week.  This is probably due to the double dip of drama revolving Dilana, but with Supernova debuting new songs with various wannabes each Wednesday now it also isn’t something they necessarily need to fill time.  With the numbers dwindling the encores may be done.

Also, as I again look at the match, we’ve got three more weeks before a winner is crowned.  We’re at six.  With single eliminations we go to five next week and four heading into the final week.  Even assuming they cut someone at the start of the final Wednesday, they would have to be down to three going into that show.  That means that we have double eliminations either next week, the week after, or both weeks.

Next week is viewers choice week, so it will be encores for everyone, but it should be six solid performances as everyone has nailed at least two songs.  I’ll have to look at the list of options, but I’ll try to toss out what I’d like to hear in this week’s Friday Filecabinet entry.  I would not be at all surprised if Dilana ends up in the bottom three next week though.  I think she may have lost a lot of votes due to how she came across tonight.  The drama is really starting to pick up!

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Rock Star: Supernova week 8

Posted by Adam on August 22, 2006

We’re getting rid of the dead weight on the show at a furious pace now, and I imagine after tomorrow night Patrice will join the also-rans on the sidelines and we’ll be down to those with a fair-to-middling shot or better of winning this thing (and Ryan, who continues to improve and clearly wants the gig, but more or less has no chance of winning). It’s not that I don’t like Patrice either, she’s just “more than happy” as George Carlin might say, plus the rock has got to be brought coming off of acoustic week. All things point to a solid show from start to finish. It’s time once again for Rock Star: Supernova.  I’m psyched!

During Brooke’s intro we learn that there are only three weeks left in the competition, so if I am doing my math right that means we’re looking at double eliminations from here on out for a three person finale (I can’t see them dumping three people in a single week at this point in time). Guess Ryan might be leaving us too. We also learn that there will be two originals performed this week, and amid much fighting and debate it will be Patrice and Ryan with the honors (thanks in large part to Toby’s reasoning that they have both repeatedly been in the bottom, so they deserve them). Might there be a curse of the originals if their own work does not save Ryan and Patrice?

Patrice starts out the show with her original and it’s a catchy, happy pop rock song as one might expect. I’m trying to think of an existing bands sound to compare it to, but can’t quite pigeon hold it. Picture something ala Better Than Ezra meets Pink: catchy, would probably best be categorized as rock, but definately too upbeat and glossy for Supernova.

Conversely, Ryan’s original is much angrier and cruder, in a good way. The Supernovans all claim it was his best and most rocking performance, and I am inclined to agree. It was a song I could see a band like the Foo Fighters playing, and while it might not be perfect for Supernova it was definately in the ballpark of what you might expect from the band.

It was an interesting week for the rest of the wannabes. I think that the encore battle will be between Magni and Lukas, and based on the Supernova response I’m leaning towards the Torontonian. The weird part about those who are left is that nobody is totally well-rounded. Magni can sing and perform, but his personality is somewhat bland; Patrice is too happy; Ryan too dark and tormented; Dilana’s voice is borderline painful; Lukas has the voice and persona, but his stage presence is awkward; Toby can’t seem to figure out when to leave a good thing alone; and Storm doesn’t seem to have enough of a powerful presence to front a group of this magnitude.

Storm got overwhelmed by her song this week. She may have sung it well, but the song was larger than she was (pun intended). Dilana probably gave her weakest performance to date, with a song that was quite frankly too subdued for her. Toby butchered the arrangement on the classic Layla (one of the greatest guitar songs of all time), but luckily for him he gave the performance of the night (performance wise, though the singing and rearrangement could very well outweigh the good). When you throw in Patrice to the equation we have four pegs for three holes boys and girls.

The bottom three in the flash vote were Patrice, Storm, and Toby. I’m inclined to say it will stay this way, but last week should have taught us something. Storm was in the bottom three at some point last week, and her performance then was worse than this week’s outing, yet she managed to not have to perform. Magni, however, did end up having to perform as part of the bottom three last week. Also, Toby was in the flash vote bottom three last week, but he managed to not end up there. Bottom line is that I think Patrice is the only automatic bid to sing tomorrow night. I’m going to lean towards putting Storm in the bottom three as well, because I think some people may have gone out of their way to save her last week and they won’t do so again this week. For the final spot on tomorrow’s set list I’m going to make the surprise pick of Dilana. She has yet to be in the bottom three, and I don’t think her performance this week was very strong at all (in fact she may have been the worst of the group). Patrice is the one to go though.

Quick correction on the number of shows left before I bid you farwell. They crown a winner in three weeks, on September 13, but that actually means including this week there are four weeks left. Figuring we are down to two for the final week, that means that five have to go over the next three weeks. I’m gonna guess they’ll go from four down to two for the finals, which means it will be double eliminations either this week or next (and I would lean towards this week). With that in mind I have no clue who will be going home with Patrice, it has become that wide open. And now your week 8 set list —

  1. Patrice – “Beautiful Thing” an original
  2. Magni – “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana
  3. Ryan – “Back of Your Car” an original
  4. Storm – “Cryin” by Aerosmith
  5. Dilana – “Every Breath You Take” by The Police
  6. Toby – “Layla” by Derek and the Dominoes
  7. Lukas – “All These Things That I Have Done” by The Killers

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The Supernova Burnout week 7

Posted by Adam on August 16, 2006

We get a real treat during act one of the results show this week as Supernova announces they are going to make their debut performance. Footage from earlier in the week is shown of the wannabes all cutting a demo of the new track, and as they come back from tape it is announced that Dilana is the lucky one fronting them tonight. Not a real shock, as the gang seems to be enamored by her. In case you didn’t know that the recap show isn’t live, the camera footage switches to that glossy rock video production look that MTV has been using the last few years for their awards shows.

Dilana holds her own, but the song is the true star here. Its got Mr. Butch Walker’s fingerprints all over it, and that my friends is a very good thing. The single, entitle “Leave the Lights On”, could easily be a hit single for these guys. It’s got an extremely catchy chorus and a rocking sound. As far as the bands the band members have come from, I would say that the song most closely resembles something Motley Crue would do moreso than a Guns ‘n’ Roses or Metallica track, but that is more just for the sake of comparison as this song has more of a happy almost pop edge to it. If you are at all familiar with Butch Walker’s solo albums, think of one of his faster tracks with less tounge-in-cheekiness.

Realizing that time has been on their side the last few weeks, we also have time for an encore. The guys deservedly give the honor to Ryan (even if it may have partially been because Dilana already performed). It’s funny, because even though I think that Ryan only outranks Zayra and Patrice among the remainees, he has delivered some solid performances over the past couple of weeks.

Time to get down to the business of the evening, as Brooke has Zayra, Patrice, and Toby stand due to them being in the bottom three as the show went off the air. Storm and Magni join them before all is said and done. I think two things stand out to me here. First that Lukas avoided the bottom three for the second time after a less than stellar performance, and the other being that Magni landed in the bottom three at some point despite a solid outing. Says a lot about the fan bases for both of these guys. I am led to believe that Lukas’ look and attitude is more endearing to the teenage girls who probably do the bulk of the voting (whereas they are probably a smaller percentage of the overall audience, but the other audience segments don’t necessarily text in a vote or run onto the computer to vote online after the show).

Zayra is up first, hopefully signifying the beginning of the end for her. She chooses to perform “Razorblade” by Blue October and I can happily report that it was awful. I am familiar with the band but not with the song, so I don’t know how the original sounds though this version seemed to have an original arrangement to me. There were definately Spanish influences in it, and from the way she sang the song, I was unable to understand hardly any of the lyrics. Coincidentally the one lyric that I could make out was when Zayra sang “I am proud of what I’ve done.” Which is fitting, because despite her complete lack of chemistry with everything that Supernova and this show is about, she did stay true to herself. She’s gotta be gone, but the question is will anyone join her in leaving tonight?

Patrice is up next, and we’re two for two with who needs to be performing tonight. She decides to switch up her original plans to do a ballad and instead goes with “Celebrity Skin” by Hole. I believe this is the song Lukas butchered the week that I missed the performance episode, so I’m thinking Patrice has gotta look good compared to that. Unlike the last few songs she has chosen, this is actually a track that is bolstered by Patrice’s overwhelming giddiness to still be singing on national television. Pretty standard version of the song that is made better by Patrice touring the stage, making stops to dane with the bassist and the other remaining contestants, before spending the last part of the performance up with the Supernovans. Much better than Zayra, but Patrice has been in the bottom four times now I think, so this may be the end of the road for her. If it is, it was a good way to go out.

And our last wannabe to sing tonight is Magni. Slight shock here, and I honestly think that he is safe regardless of what he picks (barring monumental suckage). In a really weird move Magni chooses Radiohead’s “Creep” as his song of the night, implicitly dubbing tonight’s show “the Lukas Rossi edition”. Unlike Patrice, however, Magni picks a song that Lukas sang well.

About 30 seconds into his performance a storm hits and my satellite signal dies, only managing to come back right as the show switches to commercials for the final time. I cannot make this up. So I am left in the dark until the videos come up on MSN. My guess is that Magni sits down first, and Zayra is the only one sent packing after Gilby puts Patrice on notice.

Turns out I was spot on in my predictions, down to the order.  Magni was told that he wasn’t close to being eliminated, and then Patrice was told that they could see her possibly fronting Supernova before Tommy “The Hatchet Man” Lee sent Zayra packing.  And everyone was happy.  And there was much rejoicing.  And we all said …. Amen!

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Rock Star: Supernova week 7

Posted by Adam on August 15, 2006

Wow we’re in week seven of the summer’s best show, and I can’t tell if that seems long or short but it doesn’t sound right.  Quick note of housekeeping before we sink our teeth into the rawk.  I have decided to create a new grouping specifically for the Rock Star recaps and burnouts, so you should now be able to easily access all things Rock Star quick and easy.  Also, once again the set list is at the end of the recap.  Now then, after the shocking double elimination last week will the wannabes step it up and build off of the all-around solid outing they delivered last week, or are we back to Zayra doing interpretive Spanish dance and Ryan channelling his inner Johnny Cash once again?  It’s time to find out.

Right off the bat I feel a sense of fear come over me as Brooke announces a “very special” stripped down acoustic show, complete with string quartet.  If half of the remaining troupe can pull off passable performances tonight we’ll be lucky.  Ugh.

In the song selection footage we find out that one of the auditioners will get a chance to perform an original song, though the only two who fight for it are Ryan and Zayra (with the latter winning out).  Dave bashes the wannabes for not wanting to do their original, but with this being a specialty week I can understand the reluctancy.  Outside of the two who wanted to do their original, I can’t help but think that everyone else’s own music would be too loud and plugged in for acoustic week.  It is also announced that Gilby will be playing unplugged guitar for Toby this week.

So Zayra’s song was good out of context.  I mean it sounded like something Enrique Iglesias might sing, and I could hear it being played on some Spanish station or even a top 40 station, but it was by no means right for this show.  If she doesn’t end up in the bottom three then this show may as well change its name to American Idol: Supernova.

Patrice actually picked a real good song for her voice and sang it well, but her style and performance just don’t mix.  Patrice’s look basically range from pop punk to British punk (she had a Green Day vibe going tonight).  Perhaps more importantly is the fact that she cannot hide how happy she is to still be performing.  I think its great that she is digging this awesome opportunity she has as much as she is, but the last couple of songs she has sung needed to be performed with an edge that wasn’t there.  However, with all that being said, she might just survive the bottom three this week.

And the reason she might live to sing another week is because Lukas and Storm, who have now official dropped to no-mans-land between the good and the bad, each failed to bring their A-games this week.  Despite the praise of Dave and the gang, I thought that Lukas picked a horrible song for his voice.  There is a certain type of song that Lukas can sound really good on, but it seems that he can just as likely sound whiny and gravely with the wrong material.  I can’t really explain it perfectly, but know that is different than the problem I have with Dilana.  Dilana’s voice is just not refined at all, and it sounds hoarse no matter what she sings, however Lukas has sounded clear and powerful before.  Maybe it goes back to Jason’s complaints about him restricting his “instrument”.

Storm was probably fighting a losing battle before she even began her performance.  Much like Jill’s decision to perform “Respect” last week, “I Will Survive” is never going to be a rock song.  Unlike Jill, Storm at least partially didn’t have a choice in performing it.  Clearly this had to be the song that was left over for the week, and somebody was gonna get stuck with it.  There really wasn’t much effort in attempting to vary the song on Storm’s part though, and, as Dave pointed out,  Marty somehow made “Hit Me Baby One More Time” work as a rock song last season.  Tommy did get off the line of the night after the performance though, calling it “sauteed in wrong sauce.”

On the other end of the spectrum, it looks like it will be a close battle for the encore tomorrow night as well.  Toby, Ryan, and Dilana all had strong performances.  Personally I would give the encore to Ryan who gave a very strong and intense performance, clearly riding the momentum of his elimination saving rendition of “Enjoy the Silence” last week.  Toby gave a high energy version of his song and even through in the nice touch of closing the song on the bongos himself, but it may have been too faithful to the original to be repeated.  The same could be said for Dilana’s performance, save the lack of bongos, but the Supernova boys seem to really dig her vibe, so she may get the double dip.  She continues to grow on me, but I still have issues with her voice.

So it should be a close week in voting, as four wannabes vie to stay out of three spots.  I would have to imagine that Zayra will land in the bottom three after a week away between her song being both a pop ballad and in a foreign language.  Storm getting panned by the judges and also not really rocking out should land her in the bottom as well.  As for the third, I think that between the Supernovan praise and his track record Lukas will remain seated tomorrow, meaning happy Patrice will be singing for her spot.  Just to throw a monkey wrench into things though, the flash voting reveals Zayra, Patrice, and …. Toby in the immediate bottom three.  I’m starting to think that playing with a member of Supernova may be more curse than blessing, as it seems to kill you in the voting.  I guess people just take for granted the added support equaling more votes so they vote for others, where in reality the reverse is happening.  At any rate, I don’t think Toby will remain in the bottom, but it was eye opening.  And now your set list:

  1. Zayra – “Lluvia De Mar” (original song performed in Spanish)
  2. Magni – “Starman” by David Bowie
  3. Patrice – “Message in a Bottle” by The Police
  4. Lukas – “Hero” by Chad Kroeger (the Spider-man movie song)
  5. Storm – “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
  6. Toby – “Solsbury Hill” by Peter Gabriel
  7. Ryan – “In the Air Tonight” by Phl Collins
  8. Dilana – “Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin

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