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Rockstar: Supernova
Posted by Marc Rosenberg at 11:53:46 AM on July 6, 2006
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Rock200Ok, so maybe I wrote CBS and the latest Rockstar off too early.

After watching Rockstar: INXS last year -- and it ended up being a really fantastic competition -- I was convinced when the announcement of a second season of Rockstar came -- with Tommy Lee's name attached, it was a no-brainer that it would end up a victim of the Sophomore slump.

Seriously, Rockstar: Supernova?

Not to mention the fact that the band would consist of the Ex-Motley Crue drummer Lee, ex-Metallica/Flotsam & Jetsam bassist Jason Newsted and former Guns and Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke. What could possibly come of this show?

If the first episode is any sign, a lot more than I anticipated.

I was absolutely surprised and pleased with the 90-minute premiere. The initial lineup of 15 finalists are not perfect, but in my opinion, already more polished than last year's group. The spectrum of personalities and voices vary greatly, but I believe already have a leg up on last season's singers.

Moreover, I think the majority of this year's contestants will mesh better with the newly "to be-" created supergroup of Lee, Newsted and Clarke. Sitting in the judge's area along with return host Dave Navarro and Supernova producer Butch Walker (formerly of Rolling Stone Magazine fame), they all seem to get along really well together. Whoever is named Rockstar will join a group that already looks to have its act together.

Then again, we are talking about Tommy Lee. Anything -- good or bad -- is possible.

Let's take a look at the performers and their choices for Week 1. some were fantastic, some were solid...and a few were absolutely horrible. Remember that while some of them knocked it out of the park in week one, they could prove a one-trick pony come next Wednesday.

CBS was smart enough for Season 2 to provide video of each perfomance online. CLICK HERE to watch each performance, read the reviews below and tell us who YOU think should go on and who should go home. CBS online is also providing an online only reality episode each week to see life behind the scenes at the Rockstar Mansion, rehearsal time and more. You can also read the premiere episode recap online as well. I do recommend watching the performances for to get a first impression of the acts.

WEEK ONE PERFORMANCES (Don't forget -- you can watch each performance online at http://rockstar.msn.com/)

Best of the Crop:

1) Toby Rand - The Australian native was my absolute favorite of the week, making a great first impression with an acoustic version of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door." Hands down musically the best performance of Week One, along with...

2) Josh Logan - A fantastic performance from thr Manchester, NH native. Logan belted out a soulful version of The Black Crowes' "She Talks To Angels." Logan and Rand definitely have what it takes.

3) Lukas Rossi - What he barely lacked in vocals, Toronto's Lukas Rossi absolutely more than made up for in talent, capping off the premiere ep with a fully-energized version of "Rebel Yell" by 80's rocker Billy Idol. Can he capture the same energy covering other musical genres? I think so, but time will tell.

4) Patrice Pike - In my opinion, the Austin, Texas is native is the standout female lead of the finalist. Anyone that can take Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody To Love" (not a favorite of mine) and totally rock the house with it earns my approval.

Great Sound or One-Trick Pony? TBD:

5) Dilana - Quite an interesting performance from the African-born singer. She commanded the stage with Nirvana's "Lithium," definitely a bold first-song selection. And she pulled it off. However, my wife and I agreed -- can she tone it down next week?

6) Jill Gioia - An energetic cover of Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart." Unusual song selection from the New Yorker, but she pulled it off and probably earned another week on stage.

7) Matt Hoffer - Chicago-born Matt Hoffer went with Coldplay's "Yellow" for his first performance of the series. Surprisingly, he pulled it off (with the exception of a few high notes).

8) Zayra Alvarez - The Dallas-born singer wowed the crowd -- and Jason Newsted -- with a rendition of Evanescence's "Bring Me To Life." Not the best, certainly not the worst. She'll stick around.

9) Ryan Star - I'm not a big fan of the Goo Goo Dolls. I was however, impressed with this New York singer's version of "Iris." He should definitely hang around for the early stretch.

Holding Their Own:

10) Dana Andrews - While I'll stick to my initial impression that she would be more comfortable on American Idol, the "Georgia Belle" did, in fact, hold her own in singing the Melissa Ethridge hit "I'm The Only One."

11) Storm Large - Yes, her first name is Storm (that's the story she's sticking to at least). And she deserves to see another week of action. The Oregon native was bold enough to go first, and while she didn't blow the roof off the joint, she certainly performed a solid rendition of The Who's "Pinball Wizard."

12) Jenny Galt - Average cover of Nickelback's "How You Remind Me." Nevermind that the song is overplayed, but the Vancouver native just didn't seem to have the edge that most of the other rockers possessed. Not a bad voice, but I can't imagine her fronting this band.

Send 'Em Home:

13) Magni - Proclaiming himself as one of Iceland's Top 10 rockers, Magni was less than stellar cover the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction." I can't imagine anyone got any satisfaction from his performance. Maybe he deserves another week and the benefit of the doubt. But in this group of finalists, it could only delay the inevitable.

14) Phil Ritchie - The Ocean City, Maryland native fell the victim of poor song selection. A great song in Living Colour's "Cult of Personality," but it fell completely short.

15) Chris Pierson - Absolutely Brutal. BRUTAL. The Atlanta native and former athlete's cover of The Police's "Roxanne" made me cringe, and I wouldn't be shocked if Sting came to the show tonight to punch his lights out. For the love of G-d, send this guy home!

Tune into CBS tonight to find out who earned the tonight's Encore performance, who ended up in the bottom three and who will be the first to leave the competition.

-Marc

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what will be funny as heck is when superego takes the stage at the end of the season. After watching the insanely hot Houseband rip it up week after week, I just wanna see those guys follow that. I don't care if they hired Avril Lavigne's songwriter- this is no supergroup to me, just some desparate for attention guys that don't have a decent gig anymore.

Jason Newstad blew chunks on White Rabbit... dude, get in the pocket...the Houseband bass player makes you look like an amateur.

Posted By: g | Jul 20, 2006 3:49:15 PM
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We need the metal. Last year was gay, this year breaks/ rusts my metal heart. I'm going to turn it off and piss on my CRUE record "Theater of Pain " If I hear one more GRUNGE song by Nirvana performed on that "show"
MY Rockstar song list ; CREEPING DEATH anything off the album DOOMSDAY FOR THE DESCEIVER KICKSTART MY HEART PARADICE CITY WAR PIGS RUN TO THE HILLS IMMIGANT SONG YOU GOT ANOTHER THING COMIN' RUSTY CAGE BACK IN BLACK Down With the Sickness THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE METAL ALWAYS JASON KEEP UP THE FIGHT!

Posted By: LAR | Aug 3, 2006 5:01:34 AM
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This year of rockstar is the best one yet. I know that Tommy , Gulbie and Jason Are looking for the best. I think Dalna & Storm are the best. I am really sad that Dana went home. Maybe when I get older I might join.

Posted By: dakota | Aug 5, 2006 3:51:31 PM
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Dilana absolutely should front super nova she has the talent and style to take this band further than gnr motley and metallica put together if she doesnt get it i'll be bummed. DILANA ROCKS!!!!

Posted By: tab | Aug 5, 2006 5:32:24 PM
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I agree; Dilana is very good, and they like her. Lucas is good too. They also like that Magni dude.

Posted By: Candy | Aug 9, 2006 12:27:24 AM
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This series is anything but rock & roll. Their name "SUPERNOVA" said it all for me. Go to bar for gawdsakes!!! Why am I even on this site? Shit.

Posted By: G Spot | Aug 9, 2006 12:01:33 PM
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You're right G-Spot, you hit the nail on the head. WHY ARE you here?

Posted By: Tommy Lee | Aug 9, 2006 12:18:38 PM
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Hey!! I didn't know you could read Tommy!! What perscription do you take for that??

Posted By: G Spot | Aug 9, 2006 1:24:24 PM
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Glaucoma medicine and Viagra. And anti-depressants for Wednesday nights to play the role of hatchet-man

Posted By: Tommy Lee | Aug 9, 2006 2:05:30 PM
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Hey Tommy! All kidding aside... I wish you success in your venture, and I am looking forward to find out who "Supernova" will be opening for. All the best. G Spot.

Posted By: G Spot | Aug 9, 2006 2:19:33 PM
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I'm sorry that you all found it fit to vote Jill off. She had so much going for her.Of course I'm of the over 60 group may not be hip enough to judge.

Posted By: Annette | Aug 9, 2006 9:25:41 PM
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Tom Lee,

What is going on?? I can't beleive that you all are keeping Zarya!! Personally I think she should have been kick off weeks ago. Every time I watch the show I scream that she is still on the show. Love the show ! just can't understand what you guys are thinking about!!!!!!!!!!! SHE CAN"T SING!!

Posted By: Dawn | Aug 10, 2006 1:26:57 PM
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i agree with dawn, zarya is terrible. she has to go

Posted By: susan | Aug 10, 2006 4:23:44 PM
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2 for 1 night?? And neither was Zarya??

Posted By: Moi | Aug 10, 2006 7:56:20 PM
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2 for 1 night?? And neither was Zarya??

Posted By: Moi | Aug 10, 2006 7:56:24 PM
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OH YES zarya needs to be kicked off this show!! She cant sing a song to save her life!!The only reason she is still on the show is they want to see her next outfit. Dont get me wrong she has a good body but she cant sing a lick!!!!

Posted By: k man | Aug 10, 2006 8:21:40 PM
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wtf are all u idiots talking about zarya has a great voice and she is an excellent PEFORMER!!! a rocker needs to be able to move and have fun on stage otherwise the ppl watching wont have any fun....if u want that than just watch ryan star he never looks like he is having fun ... the show is great anyways the bests are defenetly toby (woo go australia), lukas s and storm

Posted By: Letorno | Aug 13, 2006 7:35:11 AM
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Actually I think Zayra is Great!! I absolutely Love her.. She sings very well and the Show wouldn't be the same without her!!!

Aldo I think that the Winner's gonna be either Lukas, Dilana or storm.. They are definetly the best

Posted By: Laura | Aug 14, 2006 12:11:17 PM
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I think Dilana should win, although everyone execpt for Zayra (and her good looks) and patrice have a fighting chance. If dilana doesn't win i would like to see Magni win

Posted By: Fost | Aug 15, 2006 1:49:38 PM
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I think Dilana should win, although everyone execpt for Zayra (and her good looks) and patrice have a fighting chance. If dilana doesn't win i would like to see Magni win

Posted By: Fost | Aug 15, 2006 1:49:50 PM
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I definitely think Dilana is awesome!.....and DOWN with Zayra....she sux donkey balls!!!

Posted By: Sue | Aug 16, 2006 12:48:38 AM
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i love Zayra... she's great... she's confident and very unique. . wishing her good luck

Posted By: Aren | Aug 16, 2006 3:53:15 AM
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sorry everyone who LOVES dilana but i think she is way over-rated im mean shes good but her voice is kinda irratating i dont really want her to win the ppl who must win are either strom lukas or toby....that aussie makes everyone proud ..... and everyone GO ANYTHING AUSTRALIAN !!!

Posted By: Letorno | Aug 16, 2006 6:05:09 AM
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sorry everyone who LOVES dilana but i think she is way over-rated im mean shes good but her voice is kinda irratating i dont really want her to win the ppl who must win are either strom lukas or toby....that aussie makes everyone proud ..... and everyone GO ANYTHING AUSTRALIAN !!!

Posted By: Letorno | Aug 16, 2006 6:05:10 AM
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what song did zayra sing tonight?

Posted By: buddyboy | Aug 16, 2006 9:46:43 PM
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