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Rock Star: Supernova ~ Week 7 Performances

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Here comes Brooke Burke in a gorgeous regal purple dress tonight. It’s just been announced that Brooke is now expecting Baby Number 3 and she looks great! Wow!

Brooke introduces Tommy Lee as “The guy who give bad boys a good name”, and reminds us that Dave’s band, Panic Channel released their new record today. She also announces that tonight’s performances would be stripped down. Hearing that, Dave and Tommy proceed to take their shirts off as we go to the behind the scenes video.

The remaining Rockers go to Las Vegas via SUPERNOVA private jet to The Joint where the band will be playing on New Year’s Eve. The Rockers got to see the stage and the room, and touch what might become their future. You can see it in their eyes – they can TASTE that lead singer spot so bad. Of course, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”, so we don’t know what kind of debauchery they found in the Land of Elvis. The next day, all of the Rockers are shown in their beds, asleep and mostly hungover. They were in serious pain. And in this not-quite-dead-but-not-quite-alive state, the Rockers headed into Song Selection. Magni: “I hate hungover Song Selection”.

At least, the Rockers learn, that this week’s songs are to be stripped-down and acoustic – a little easier for those hungover ears. When one of the songs is discovered to be attached to Gilby playing guitar, Dilana immediately wanted it. On one hand, she knows that cameras are everywhere, and she’ll be judged negatively if she doesn’t go for the Gilby song. But on the other hand, everyone – including herself – knows she’s the favorite to win. Why not just share? So what happens next? Before I can call Dilana grabby, Toby announces that he wants the Gilby song. And he’s adamant enough to stand his ground. This probably helps Dilana save face anyway, but she tells Toby, “If I give you the song, you have to give me something in return.” And she tells him she’ll let him have the Gilby song if he runs around the pool naked, in front of everyone.

And OF COURSE Toby ran around the pool naked, in front of anyone.

So yeah, Toby’s doin’ the tune with Gilby. And Toby’s willingness to go the extra mile for this sing will not be soon forgotten. I bet it’ll go on the DVD!

Another song in Song Selection was the choice to do an original song. Ooh, now THAT is a nice choice! Zayra wanted the original, and so did Ryan. They discussed it a bit, until Zayra caught a moment of doubt in Ryan, and willed her to let her have it. Zayra held out for what she wanted, and decided to go for it. Should be interesting.

So we go back to the show, and Dave and Tommy are dressed again, something about the producers told them that they had to be clothed. C’mon guys. FOCUS!!!

Dave then goes off on the Rockers for not going after the original song. “How come more of you didn’t want the original?” He then says that if he was a Rocker, he’d be jumping at the chance to show what he could do.

Gilby also scolds the Rockers, “You act like you’re going to be around longer”. He wanted to see more Rockers volunteering for original songs, and not taking it easy.

Zayra – Lluvia de Mar

Hopefully, an original song will demonstrate her skills, and this one did. By choosing a song in Spanish, no one will give her poor marks for articulation. Zayra’s song highlighted all of her natural musical gifts, and she had the opportunity to have her song realized in an awesome way – full band, plus string section on international TV.

I’m originally from Miami, so songs in Spanish don’t bug me, but I would have liked one verse in English, for the gringos watching Rock Star: Supernova in Kansas. BUT I can’t fault Zayra for sticking to her guns. She’s had such a crazy ride so far on this show. It has to be a great feeling to perform her own song.

Oh, and I didn’t mention her outfit yet. Very possibly because the singing and the performance are what pulled the most attention. She wore a black spaghetti-strap camisole with a bright red flouncy skirt. It wasn’t too much. It was just right. The perfect outfit for a dramatic and intense performance. Will this keep her out of the Bottom Three? I dunno, but I’ll let her have this moment.

Dave: “Thanks for having the guts to fight for this song, and to perform it like that.”

Tommy: “Love your dress. In your performance, there were hints of Massive Attack, that I love. It’s not for us, though. But you sounded great!”

Gilby: “Thought it was great. I still want to see a rock song from you!”

Jason: “What is this like for you, playing your song like this?”

Zayra: “It’s beautiful. I love it!”

Magni – Starman

I liked this David Bowie tune, although I don’t think I was familiar with it before tonight. I also liked Magni’s white suit with black shirt. Very “GQ”, although the way he moves (with the suit) reminded me a bit of a lounge singer. Perhaps the suit was weraring Magni more than Magni was wearing the suit, if you know what I mean. I smell a stylist in the house!!!

Magni has a great voice. He has power and control. Vocally he killed it, his stage presence just leaves me wanting.

Gilby: “Great singing, but you missed the perfect opportunity to lead the audience with the ‘la la la’s'”

Patrice Pike – Message in a Bottle

Vocally, she’s great, but Patrice is just too rooted to the spot for me. She’s rocked the house in the past, but I feel like she’s playing it safe again.

Dave: “There was a little intensity that was lacking for me, but otherwise you sang well.”

Gilby: “I thought you sang well, but I would have liked to have seen you do this differently”.

Dave then adds, “It may sound like you’re being hanmered, but I know there’s a hell of a performer in there. I’d like to see her every week.

I have to agree. Patrice, if you’re reading this, STOP PLAYING IT SAFE. When you played with Tommy Lee, you killed the song. The fact that you wound up in the Bottom Three does not change that reality. Don’t listen to the outside voices. Challenge yourself, and go all out. Who cares if Supernova puts the microscope on you. That’s damned good, I say. Let them see you, and let them see you rock. Patrice, do not let down your guard, or your days are numbered.

Ahem…Anyone notice how much more room there is in the Rocker Box? It’s really getting tough for Supernova to have to choose.

Lukas – Hero

I love the tone and timbre (pronounced tam-ber) of Lukas Rossi’s voice. Timbre is often used to describe the “color” of a singer’s voice. Lukas has about 64 or more vocal colors available in his singer’s crayon box, and this stripped down arrangement, emphasize his versatility. Just when I thought there was nothing left to show, he simply brings his voice, also known as “the first instrument”. Lukas sat and played acoustic guitar, which was a nice touch, but his voice was the star.

And I can’t end without mentioning his “Reverend Muscle Shirt”, which looked like a pastor’s shirt without sleeves. He was also wearing a rosary to complete the look of rock and roll blasphemy. Madonna would wish she had thought of it first!

Dave: “I love how this shows the different characters in your voice.”

Tommy only had one dislike: “I hate when people sit down.”

Jason: “You sounded like you might have been closing off your throat a little bit. Be careful about reverting to that. I’m not going to let you.”

Lukas genuinely smiled at Jason’s comments, like he understood that Jason wanted the best for him. Personally, I think Jason digs Lukas’s voice and presence a lot, but he doesn’t want Lukas to get lazy.

Storm – I Will Survive

From the beginning, Storm had me with gorgeous vocal arrangement over the string section. When the verse came in, so did the other guitars. She rocked out the verses with substitutions like, “Your ass ain’t welcome anymore” and “If had known one frickin’ second you’d be back to bother me”, but she really sang the mess out of this song.

While she had me, this is where she may have lost the members of Supernova.Her expressive vocals reminded me of a gorgeous mix of Nina Simone and Roberta Flack, with a bit of Heart thrown in. She sounded amazing. I can’t believe she fronts a band called Storm Large and the Balls with pipes like these. But this wasn’t exactly a rock performance. But she still brought the house down.

Dave: “The audience obviously loved you. But for me, that just didn’t work. I hated it.”

Tommy: “That was sauteed in wrong sauce. And I kinda want my money back.”

Gilby: “I didn’t like it either. You guys are the Final 8. For the rest of the show, when you do a song, do it like you were in front of our band.”

Storm confessed that she went to Las Vegas with Tommy and Gilby, and woke up with Gloria Gaynor, meaning that the trip wore her out, and kept her from giving a better performance. I still think she killed it, but I understand why Supernova didn’t like it for their band. Is Vegas enough of a good reason to overlook her non-rock (although spectacular) performance? For Storm, I’d still say yes, because she gave it her all, and she sounded great. We’ll see what the rest of the world thinks tomorrow.

Toby Rand – Solsbury Hill

By the way, Gilby was SITTING on the grand piano while Toby stood on the stage.

Okay, WHO selects the songs for Song Selection??? I really want to know. Seriously, you give the Rockers a limited selection of rocking songs to sing, and then you spank them (to borrow Storm’s word) when their performances don’t quite get off the ground. This is a Peter Gabriel song, hello?? Is Supernova really going to be doing “Solsbury Hill” at some point, or do they just want to see how Rockers can pull blood out of a stone? I mean, really now. “Solsbury Hill”???

I just don’t understand why Gilby would attach himself to this song, but there better be a method to the madness. Because it has to stop For the show’s purposes, the song was just okay. Toby did get a percussion solo, and he got to beat on his bongos, as well as sing and growl his ass off. It was a better performance than last week for me, but I really don’t understand why this song was on the list in the first place.

Dave: “Great!…Killer job!”

Gilby: “That was a killer performance. Thank you for fighting for me!”

Tommy: Loved that Toby was willing to run around naked to get the song. “That’s what we want to see. By the way, nice ass!”

Ryan Star – In the Air Tonight

Call me cynical, but do the producers of the “Miami Vice” movie have anything to do with this song being used in tonight’s show? I mean, the movie is in the theaters. And anyone who hasn’t seen the movie already might be reminded by this song to see it. Or maybe I am just cynical

Ryan has strong, intense vocals, which are perfect for this song. He wore a black velvet-looking military style coat with lots of shiny buttons. He also wore an additional clunky ring for fashionable effect. Ladies and Gentlemen, the stylist for Rock Star: Supernova is beginning to make her mark. Ryan is starting to get stylish. Heaven help us.

Ryan sounded awesome, and the song choice was perfect.

Dave: “Very dramatic. Very intense. For me, the best performance of the night.” And then Dave adds that he wanted to give a special thanks to the string section, “Especially the blond one. Honey, you’re doin’ a great job!”

No. Dave. Didn’t.

Please tell me that Dave Navarro did not just “Honey” that woman on national TV. Playing violin requires a certain amount of mastery before you become part of a string section. Thanks, Dave, for letting us know which Head you’re thinking with. A class act all the way.

Jason: “I see how hard you work. Keep it up.”

Dilana – Cats in the Cradle

Want to give a quick shout out to Brooklyn’s Jen Chapin, whose Dad Harry wrote this bittersweet song. If you ever get to check out Jen Chapin, please do, because she has a soulful, raspy style that’s also funky.

So I’m still feeling a stylist’s presence, especially when Dilana comes out wearing stiletto heels and a miniskirt. She looks good, though. Her voice is totally rocking, and she even led the audience in a singalong. She even went to the string section and pretended to conduct them as well. She’s just happy onstage, and it shows.

Dave: “Ryan, I spoke too soon. This was the best performance of the night. And my dad is here tonight. If he wasn’t, after your song, I’d be a mess.

Gilby: “Loved the song. Don’t stop working so hard. Keep it up!”

Dilana: “I told you guys. I’m the one.”

Hmm, interesting admission. Dilana is embracing the fact that many people want her to win. Interesting…

Bottom Three after first five minutes of voting?
Patrice
Toby
Zayra

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s elimination!

Rock Star: Supernova: Week 6 Eliminations

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Lord Have Mercy, Brooke Burke! I am SO going to be thinking about you when I work out at the gym tomorrow. I suppose it doesn’t matter what Ms. Thing wears. Part of her JOB, if you think about it, IS to turn us on. And hell yeah, she does that very well. Mark Burnett, I say Brooke deserves a raise, don’t you?So the tale of the videotape is that Gilby made a surprise visit to the Rocker Mansion, on a motorcyle of course, and surprised the Rockers with 10 personalized electric guitars (hidden in a room, not carried on Gilby’s bike). Oh my God, Gibson Guitars getting a plug on this show is very savvy, I have to say. I also have to say that I was coveting big time. Did you see those gorgeous babies??? To see them lined up like that, just waiting to be played, could almost make me cry. And I rarely play electric guitar!

The next part of the videotape shows the Rockers after the show celebrating a night of good performances. At the end of the night, Jill is bitching out Storm and Zayra for not choosing the song with Gilby on guitar. Zayra was very clear that you choose a song that you can connect with, regardless of who’s playing, otherwise “it’s like slitting your own neck”. Interesting comment from her, but she is dead on the money. Storm was pissed at Jill passing judgement, especially as she said that she chose the song “We Are the Champions” because she wanted to sing it, not because Gilby was attached to it.

By the way, that’s a very insightful comment. “Won’t Get Fooled Again” is a straight ahead rock song, simple, and not especially difficult to sing by anyone in a karaoke bar. “We Are The Champions” is a stunner to sing, and if you kill it, it’s because you have the vocal chops. I’d never say that Dilana couldn’t sing “We Are the Champions”, but Storm’s rendition of “We Are the Champions” took her to her another level.

Storm’s tirade continued: “Besides, Gilby KNOWS that I could front the band” Girlfriend was hot under the collar, Man, and turned it back on Jill. “Why didn’t YOU sing?”

Jill: “I already sang with him. I have nothing to prove!”

Storm goes for the jugular: “What do you mean? He spanked you for humping him!”.

Then you see Toby talking about how the girls were being catty. What can I tell you, Toby? Women like to keep it real with each other.

After watching this piece, Gilby says “playing with the band is matter of CHEMISTRY. This is an opportunity for us to see the chemistry.”

Tommy adds that Ryan is “coming out of his shell, but there are still some things on stage that make me uncomfortable.”

Ryan, the quick one, responds, “I made Tommy Lee uncomfortable with what I did onstage? That’s great!” And the crowd laughed. I bet he’s a lawyer in a parallel universe.

Then Gilby announces that all of the survivors tonight will be whisked off later that evening to go to Las Vegas in a private jet. And the Rockers went wild!!! Can you blame them?

Jason then adds that last night was one of the best nights of performances, and it was tough to name just one encore. So they decided to have two. Jason says that it was hard to choose, but “First, by a nose, Lukas!” Don’t you love how Jason is so careful not to show any kind of favoritism with Lukas? I feel like Jason really wants to teach the Rockers something. I like that a lot.

Encore: Lukas – Creed

I loved Lukas’s performance even more tonight, if you can believe that. He just sexily breathed the lyrics, and I understood every word in the song. This vulnerability thing is really working for you, Lukas. And then, his climax explodes again, and he does that herky jerk dance move that I seem to like so much.

Man, I’d hate to be a member of Supernova. The increasing quality of the Rockers’ performances is making it very difficult to choose who goes home. As Jason starts to introduce the second encore performance, he adds, “Lukas, that was very good!” before naming –

Encore: Magni – The Dolphin’s Cry

Magni sounded even better tonight, in the comfort of performing an encore. He has nothing to prove. He’s just free to wail without being judged. His family is here, and he’s probably feeling pretty blessed right about now. And he sure as hell sounded blessed tonight.

Very nice, Magni. Well done!

So we finally get to the elimination part of the show. First Brooke mentions the Rockers who appeared in the Bottom Three at some point of the night. What does that mean anyway, “at some point of the night”? One of those “points” are the first five minutes of the voting poll being open. Is that really fair? Okay I digress, the Rockers who were judged doomed at some point of the voting are:

Jill – Immediately jumped up, stamping her foot, “Not again!” She quickly composed herself, but the damage was done, I think. Her squeal had left the building.

Josh, Ryan, Patrice, and Zayra (who applauded herself) stood as they were named. Brooke asked Burke if he was surprised by any of the Rockers standing. He said not really, and that if they made it through tonight, “you’re going to have to turn it up a notch.”

Zayra’s name was called first by Brooke. Before Zayra could walk to the stage, Brooke adds that Zayra is going to Vegas, she’s safe and she can go back to the box. It was the first time that Zayra was not in the Bottom Three, and she had hugs and kisses for everyone when she returned. I’d say that Zayra has found her groove. Let’s see how the show plays out.

Final Bottom Three: 
Jill
Josh
Ryan

Jill – Respect

Gilby gently reminds Jill that this is her third time in the Bottom Three, but she’s always been able to sing her way out of it. Jill anounces that she chose “Respect” because rock and roll started with rhythm and blues, and she loved singing this song.

I thought Jill sounded great. She’s still doing that cute jumping thing. She’s this little person with this big voice, but I still don’t know if she is right for Supernova, and Supernova right for her. She sounded awesome, but she didn’t take any real chances tonight. I feel like she played it safe, chose a song that she could sing in her sleep, and if she goes home, then at least her last performance was killer. Killer, maybe for her, but not for Supernova. The times she pulled herself out of the depths was when she had a little desperation. Desperation works because that is when you’ve reached the point of saying, “God please, what do I have to do to make this change?” When you reach that point, you go into your depths and pull out stuff you never knew you had.

I love the Bottom Three performances, actually. These performances, when a Rocker is concerned about going home, are the true measure of their inner character. Does the Rocker fight or wilt? Do winners fight or wilt? Alright, then.

Josh – Shooting Star

Tommy imediately admitted to feeling guilty: ” I’m starting to have a complex. I thought we killed it…But I understand. You were strapped in, locked to your guitar…”

Josh: “Well, you’re gonna hate what I say next. I’m playing guitar tonight too.”

Tommy (totally incredulous to hear that): “You ARE?”

Josh said that he wanted to do another rock song. And he proceeds to do so.

Um…excuse me…Josh, did you not hear Tommy last night when he said he wanted to see you move without a guitar? Yeah, he can sing, but I don’t feel like he’s changed. I feel like Josh is just now starting to recognize that he’s auditioning for a rock band. But for ignoring Tommy’s hint, I think Josh should get kicked off Rocker Island right now.

Self-sabotage is the worst thing. Radiohead was right:

“You do it to yourself, you do, that’s what really hurts,

you do it to yourself, it’s true, you and no one else,

You do it to yourself…”

Go out in a blaze of glory. That’s what people remember, NOT when you play it safe.

Ryan was called to the final Bottom Three, and the crowd booed. Jason says that he was surprised to see Ryan there, but he thought that people may have been confused to see Ryan go from the lush piano man dude one week to wild man in black eyeshadow the next.

Ryan – Enjoy the Silence

Ryan did his solid intense rocker thing, and I actually liked him. An audience member pulled his hand, and almost pulled Ryan in, but he steadied himself without missing one note. He has great vocal control, and I do like his singing style and energy. He’ll probably survive tonight.

Gilby begins, “As always, we never agree” and the members of Supernova laugh. “Ryan we do question your stage presence, but we do think that you deserve a second chance.” And he’s safe for another week.

Tommy goes next. “We’re bringing this to a whole other level… and tonight the hatchet falls twice tonight. Josh and Jill, you’re going home.

Jill: “I just want to thank you guys. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me a chance.”

Josh: “I kinda knew from the beginning that you were on a different vibe, but I had a good time…Does this mean that I’m not going to Vegas?!” The Rockers and the audience were surprised by his outburst. “I’m serious! Can you believe, they’re sending us – the both of us – home!”

He was cool, yet he kept it honest. I ain’t mad at that.

Josh added: “The spirit of each of you, as individuals, will be missed in the house,” and to Josh, “That attitude, that spirit – that’s undeniably cool that is!”

Jill Gioia, see you when you return to NY!

Josh Logan, I’ll be looking out for you!

Rock On!

Rock Star: Supernova ~ Week 6 Performances

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The elegant Brooke Burke kicked off the evening, wearing her version of the basic black dress – Yowzah!

Some of the week’s backstory – Magni’s wife and baby arrived in LA, and Magni is filled with wonder and pride for his son. It was quite lovely to see, actually. Zayra was shown preparing for her next performance, choosing her wardrobe. She says that she dresses for herself. “I want to wow myself”, she says. So of course we can’t wait to see what she’ll be wearing tonight!

The next part of the behind the scenes videotape showed The Rockers in song selection. Dilana, wearing granny glasses, is looking through the songs, and finds that The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” comes attached with Gilby Clark playing guitar. Dilana asks the other Rockers if they want the song. Considering that she is even nice enough to ask them says a lot about her, but NO ONE RESPONDED! People just looked around, mumbled under their breath, and said nothing. Dilana asks not once, but TWICE more if anyone wanted the song. No one said anything, and all I could think was, “ARE YOU GUYS TAKING CRAZY PILLS???” Or maybe, I’m the crazy one?

Ok, maybe I AM crazy, but didn’t Jason just tell them last week that they all should be JUMPING at the chance to play with the band? So what, Patrice played with Tommy Lee last week, KILLED the song, and still got put into Bottom Three. So what? She got to play with Tommy Lee. She had the world’s eye on her performance. She had the moment to show Supernova that she had the balls to be thier frontperson. She won them over because she had the guts to take it, and go for it. That attitude is what Supernova wants. If you don’t give them that, they won’t give you the gig. Period.

Regardless of what they’ll say publicly, I’m sure that Dave Navarro and the members of Supernova already have opinions, if not personal favorites. Plus, the audience may vote on the individual performances, but Supernova (the all-star band, not my new CD) has the final decision. They can review the Rockers’ behind-the-scenes videotape, and decide to themselves if they want to be bothered with a Rocker. Like Santa Claus, Tommy, Gilby, and Jason can see if the Rockers are being naughty and nice, and you BETTER believe that crap like wussing out (I’m sorry – that’s what it is) will be hard to forget. I could probably go on about this, but I’ll never get to bed. Suffice it to say, Dilana’s doing The Who tune with Gilby. WUSSES!!!!

Ahem…As a sidenote, it was also cool to notice the cool uses of technology in the show. Dilana was shown downloading her tune to her Comcast phone, and then we watched a little video note from Gilby to Dilana, saying that he was looking forward to playing the tune with her. That’s pretty cool. Did you also see that commercial for the “chocolate” phone that also plays music? I’m not promoting any products on this blog for general consumption (except for my new Supernova CD, of course), but I was digging that phone.

So we’re back at present day after watching the Rockers wuss out, and Dave was pissed that no one but Dilana wanted the song with Gilby. “If it were up to me, Dilana would win this right now!” Don’t let those tattoos fool you. Remember, Dave is also the executive producer of Rock Star. He has a stake in this show being successful, and he has every right to be pissed. So he reams out the Rockers before Dilana opens up the night.

Dilana – Won’t Get Fooled Again

Gilby starts the song on semi-dark stage with cool tone, and then Dilana’s voice (and the stagelights) explode in brightness for the verse. Did anyone notice the “Gilby Cam” (that’s what I’m calling it!) attached to Gilby’s guitar? The little camera taped what you’d see Gilby playing if you were sitting on his guitar frets – kinda cool! Nice touch, Mark Burnett Productions! We can give you some love too for your work.

Dilana wore her red and black streaked hair in dreadlock extensions, and kept her outfit rocker simple with vintage t-shirt and red leather pants. Of course, Dilana sounded great, and Gilby even joined her on the mic for harmonies (Note to Gilby: you were a little pitchy yourself, Sweetheart, but we love you anyway!)

I love Dilana’s swagger, her voice, her presence, her energy – her whole package. I was actually unimpressed with the song itself – it doesn’t do much for me, personally (I know, who cares;-), but Dilana can make anything work.

Dave: “That didn’t look like an audition. That was a rock show!” Then he reamed the Rockers out even more: “If it didn’t already suck to follow Dilana, now you have to follow Dilana with Gilby.” He asked Dilana what it was like to play with Gilby. “I wanted to be able to look back, and say that I played with Gilby Clarke,” she said.

Gilby just beamed: “Dilana, you’re a star! I have no doubt that a woman can front our band.”

[Carla’s note: A Star, hmmm? Like a Supernova, maybe???]

Jason even called Dilana’s performance one of the “15 Killer Supernova Moments”

You know what I’m thinking, but I’m not gonna say it…

Jill Gioia – Mother Mother

I forgot all about this song! Anyone remember the violinist/guitarist chick rocker Tracy Bonham who came out with this song a few years back? Tracy is this petite thing, but she could roar, and this song was her breakthrough hit. People often wondered if she was related to the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham (she’s not).  I made yet another delay on tonight’s blog to find Tracy’s CD, which was actually in the stack of used CDs that I’m currently selling on Amazon.com (check Amazon if you don’t believe me). “Mother Mother” turned out to be the only song on the CD that I liked.

Of course, this was back in the day when you had to buy a whole CD to wade through the filler to get to the good songs. I hope the major labels have learned something from the whole Napster/MP3/filesharing experience. If a music fan is going to plunk down anywhere from $8-16 bucks of their hard-earned money to buy a CD, he or she wants to enjoy more than just one song.

So back to Jill. I thought this song was an awesome choice for her. She gets to use the lower tones, yet she can also give it that rock growl that she’s so good at. Her eyes were smoky and mysterisous, to match her black outfit. Jill was also working a new version of THE HAIR: straight, but with black and red streaks in her blond hair. She seemed to enjoy throwing her hair around tonight, which seemed a little contrived, but since she’s so cute, I’ll overlook it.

She finished the song by jumping into the audience pit, and playing to the camera as she ended the song. At first, I think everyone wondered if she was going to do a stage dive, but we didn’t exactly expect it either. However, her move worked for me.

Tommy jumped right in: That was one of the best performances I’ve seen you do. Well done!”

Jason: “You have great energy and great presence, but your vocals may have suffered. Pay attention to that.” Good old Jason Newsted. We can always count on Uncle Jason being a stickler for musicianship and technique. I’m not mad at that. As he’s said himself, he’s played with one of rock’s best vocalists (and musicians). If Jason wants to preach about musicianship, LISTEN.

Ryan Star – Paint It Black

Brooke introduces Ryan by saying he’s in the studio somewhere. The studio is dark except for mini-spotlights scanning the audience. Looking like a boxer heading toward the ring, Ryan is wearing all black, including a hood with spiky black hair. Since it’s dark, you can only see this black spiky silhouette on his head. At the top of the vocal, he pulls off his hood, displaying that his eyes are painted black, like, with eye shadow.

Okay…You want my truth? I feel like this is an awesome, awesome experience for Ryan Star. He is incredibly smart, talented, and creative, and is squeezing every single drop out this opportunity to blossom as a musician (well, except for playing with Gilby, but…), and he’s pulling out all the stops. I have to admire that. I sometimes wonder if was a Rocker contestant filling the slot of “incredibly gifted, but not the best fit” person would also be me. Ryan has tons, tons, TONS going for him. But watch the boys in the band. Don’t listen to them. Watch…

Dave liked that Ryan was keeping things interesting.

Tommy: “That was interesting!”

Gilby: “Don’t know what you’ve been doing, but you’ve been killing your vocals lately!”

Tommy: “I know what happned! He got laid!”

Makes me wonder… Is it true, Ryan? Inquiring minds want to know…

Storm Large – We are the Champions

The song starts with the focus on her lush vocals. She has a great “chest” voice. For your non-singers, the “chest voice represents the range of your voice that you sing full voice “from your chest”. Her tone is strong and clear and robust. I could listen all night. Her arrangement shortened the song, and before the audience could jump to what they expected next, she directed the audience to sing what she needed them to sing. She soloed over the audience and House Band, and sang her ass off. What’s not to like? Dilana was bowing to Storm from the Rocker Box, which is also very cool to see. I love to see the Rockers support each other. The music biz can be cutthroat enough, you know?

Dave: “Freddy Mercury is one of the all-time greatest singers. It’s difficult to sing. But your range and power were great!”

Jason: The Maestro enjoyed Storm’s arrangement. “The middle part was incredible!”

Tommy: He loved her vulnerable side like everyone else, but added sadly, “I hope you still wanted to rock out.”

And Storm quipped with the quickness, “I’ll spank the crap out of you again, don’t you worry!” which was loved by all, but especially so by Ms. Large, who laughed at her own spontaneous comeback.

Gee, I’d really hate to be in Supernova (the band, not my new CD) and have to choose from this batch of Rockers. I am LOVING the flavor!!

Zayra – All the Young Dudes

Who cares about the song, right? What you really want me to tell you is, “What is Zayra wearing tonight?!” Okay, I’ll tell you. Zayra was decked out in a gold lame unitard (one piece closelikethistoherskin outfit), black platform heels, black top hat, and long eyelashes. Tonight, Zayra brought the theatre to the stage. I feel like she (or the producers) have decided to focus on her strengths, and her outfits are definitely part her “A game”.

Zayra looks great. Her Bjork-like singing style is gorgeous. But I didn’t understand one word that she sang. “All the Young Dudes” has such busy lyrics that proper articulation is a must. The original singer is British, and sings it clear as a bell. Zayra still has heart, but I’m not seeing change in this area. I could be wrong, but I think this might hurt her more than anything else. But then again, I never believed that Zayra needed Supernova to be a star. She knows what she wants, and she’s self-directed. Regardless of the vote, or comments from Dave and Supernova, she’s going to do her thing.

My prediction is that she’s going to have records in English and Spanish, and become a force to be reckoned with. Who knows? Supernova (the band, not my new CD) can open for Zayra when she headlines in her hometown. Their comments now?

Gilby: “If this was Rock Star: Planet Pluto, you’d win by a long shot.” He was digging her showmanship, but her performance still left him wanting.

Tommy: “It’s great to have confidence. It’s good to believe that you’re the bomb!” I thought he was going to say more, but he let the comment hang. Dave signaled for applause, and we moved on.

Josh – Interstate Love Pilots

In the middle of Brooke’s intro, Tommy Lee cut in, and announced that he wanted to play drums in Josh’s set. Tommy came onstage, and the House Band’s rock quotient went up. It seemed like the rock vibe drowned out Josh’s soulful vocal stylings. Josh played guitar. He flubbed top of the second verse also, and I wondered if Tommy’s surprise participation threw him a bit. Nothing obvious, I just wondered about that. He presented a confident front, so I’m only speculating.

Dave: “You were good, but I don’t know how good is good enough.”

Tommy: “I wish you weren’t on guitar. You have such a cool vibe, cool rhythm.”

Gilby: “This is a dong I’ve been waiting to hear you do. I hadn’t heard you do a rock song before. You sounded great.”

Jason: The Maestro had to hit his message home to the Rockers, “See? You have to be ready. you don’t know who’s going to come up and play behind you.”

Rockers, heed The Maestro’s warning…

Magni – The Dolphin’s Cry

For Magni’s song, his son in the sudience wore special headphones to protect his baby ears – so cute!! But smart! The kid has years yet to lose his hearing at loud rock concerts like the rest of us.

Where DO babies shop for stereo headphones anyway? And WHO makes baby-sized headphones?

And what did I think of Magni’s performance tonight?

Wow. Magni has a great voice. How did I not hear it before? I’ll venture to guess. Having his son present seems to strip the veneer from Magni’s surface, and I am loving his vulnerability. Magni played solo guitar and sang his heart out.

Magni, thank you for your performance tonight. Simply gorgeous.

When asked how he felt to perform with his son in the audience, Magni responded, “It saved my life. Thank you!”

Gilby: “You have inspired everybody. Good job.”

Patrice Pike – Instant Karma

Great voice. Great energy. Great song. But I just don’t know. Something was missing for me, but I can’t articulate what it is. If Patrice’s performance tonight was the only time you saw her, and you had to make a decision based on it, what would you do?

Dave: “Thought it was terrific.”

Gilby: Repeated that he “didn’t agree with you being in last week’s Bottom Three”

Tommy: “Well done, baby!”

Lukas – Creep

Before I start, let me repeat how weird it is for me to see this year’s Rockers doing songs from last year’s Rock Star: INXS. Marty Casey killed this song in last year’s show, and it would be nice to let that performance stand before pulling the song out again.

Note to Mark Burnett and Company: The band Supernova wants the Rockers to change things up. Well, the fans want YOU to change up the music choices. I’ve heard that there may be issues clearing songs to be used, and I say it’s all BS. One of my old gigs was clearing music for use in TV and film at EMI Music Publishing, and trust me, there are TONS of rock songs in the UNIVERSE that are available to be used on TV. There is no reason to repeat songs from last season. At the very least, if Radiohead will let you use “Creep”, they have other songs in their catalog worth using in this show.

But having said all of that, Lukas won us all back on his team, thanks to tonight’s performance. It was nice to see Lukas be vulnerable, and to hear these poignant lyrics so clearly:

“But I’m a creep

I’m a weirdo

What the hell am I doin’ here?

I don’t belong here”

These are deep and dark lyrics that beg to be heard, and gosh darn it, Lukas delivered them home. When he went to his “head voice”, also known as “falsetto”, his vocals weren’t totally supported for about two bars of music, but then the song climaxed, and yes, he killed that, so who cares? And he does his herky jerky attitude dance, and boom, Lukas is back in business.

Tommy: To the audience: “Can I get a hell, yeah?!” then turning back to Lukas, “I’ve always liked the way you sing, but tonight I got goosebumps!”

Gilby: “A good performance is when you don’t know what’s coming next,” and Gilby liked that about Lukas.

Jason: “This is the firt time that I’ve heard you really use your instrument. Keep going in that direction.”

Toby – Burning Down the House

This was a great arrangement of the song: funky, vibe-y, and sexy, like Toby himself. He wore a shirt jacket and nice shirt with jeans and what looked like sneakers. I would have loved for him to wear a whole suit, a la Robert Palmer, just to bring a little more theater to the stage. Toby sounded great, of course, and mid-song a darkly hooded and unobtrusive Zayra delivered to Toby a megaphone draped with the Australia flag. He then sang into the meagphone, and for the end of the song, let the thing squeal in the ending.

Dave: “Great vocals, great performance, but you had me til the megaphone. You don’t need props. you have the chops.”

Toby responded that he used the megaphone to change things up, and he wanted to give them something different.

Jason: “I don’t mind the props.”

Gilby: “It’s good to see you change it up because you want it.”

And that was the end of tonight’s Rock Star: Supernova. I noticed tonight that the House Band has been getting to take a bow at the end of the show. I don’t remember if that’s a new thing or not, but it’s definitely good business. Rumor has it that this season’s Rock Star reality show was originally going to be a search for a lead singer for the House Band. But alas, big name rockers like Tommy Lee wanted to participate, so the House Band is still the House Band for now. But we love them!!!

The Bottom Three from the first five minutes of voting:
Jill
Zayra
Patrice

Rock Star: Supernova ~ Week 5 Eliminations

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Dana Andrews Goes Home From Rock Star: SupernovaRock Star: Supernova Elimination Round

Now that “The Hatchet Man” has done his thing, I am a little sad.Watching Dana grow as a performer has been lovely, and I’m sad to see her go. It’s also a reminder that the show is getting tighter and tighter. Everyone’s going to be bringing their A game, and the pressure is really starting to build. It’s very exciting!

Brooke started off the evening with a gorgeous green print top that I have no business describing since I can only think of the word “wow”. I wonder if she’s wearing double stick tape? Why do I wonder such things?

Anyway, Jason started the evening off by asking who wanted to do an encore. One or two hands went up, Jill was encouraging Ryan to raise his hand, and Jason scolded them that everyone

should be raising their hands “if you want to front this band”, then, of course, everyone raised their hands. Whatever.

Then Jason quickly reminded them that the band was going to make that decision anyway, and they called Ryan to the stage for an encore.

Excellent execution, Man. Well done.

For the reading of the names of anyone who had at some point been in the Bottom Three, Toby, Jill, Dana, Zayra, and Patrice had to stand. Zayra broadly smiled and said, “I knew it”, and it was the perfect attitude. I was very surprised to see Patrice up there, and she seemed surprised too, since she looked pissed. In my opinion, being in the Bottom Three can give you a stronger incentive to crush a song with the sheer desperation of the whole thing. Shoot, maybe being in the Bottom Three once or twice (or more) adds another layer of thick skin to a Rocker. Don’t mean to sound like a Mom, but challenges are in your life to make you wiser, stronger and tougher.

Earlier in the evening Dave said that he was surprised that Lukas wasn’t in the Bottom Three, that Lukas “could stand to do some standing”. Lukas agreed that he should be there after last night’s performance, but he felt confident that if that were to happen, “I know I can get myself out of it.”

Dilana doesn’t have to say or do much for me to know that she has spent much of her life in the “Bottom Three” of life. This does something on the inside of a person that the naked eye will never catch. When things come too easy, we aren’t challenged. When an obstacle presents itself, we also have the opportunity to turn it around. So give it all you’ve got, and learn from the experience.

Back to our scheduled blog: First finalist in Bottom Three – Jill is called.

Jill – Alone

Gilby calls Jill back to the front before she heads to perform. “Let’s get one thing straight,” he says, “I think you’re an amazing singer.”

That was a nice start. Even nicer when Jill mentions that she chose a Heart song. After Gilby telling her last week that Ann Wilson of Heart didn’t have to hump him because she had talent, I thought “Hmm. Finally, Jill’s got it”. And then Jill added, that she chose this song so he can hear “the lower, deeper richer, tones that you wanted to hear but haven’t yet”.

Three words: SHE KILLED IT!

Where the hell has Homegirl been hidin these tones? Oh my God, she just showed us another layer of something I can’t even describe. The members of Supernova gave her a Standing ovation. I was BOO HOOING BIG TIME!!!

Go Jill!!!

Before naming the next person in the Bottom Three, Brooke had the fun job of being the tattle tale, “I heard that some of you didn’t attend the House band rehearsal yesterday. Who was that?” Dana and Toby raised their hands. So what timing when Dana gets called.

Dana – House of the Rising Sun

This is a classic rock song, and she sounded great, but there was nothing new done here. After Jill’s great performance, Dana had a strong chance of being chosen to go home if she can’t meet that level. I thought it was a great performance for Dana, but I wasn’t sure how she stacked up against the others.

Next, Patrice is called. WHAT? This was totally weird to me. She crushed it last night, and that was WITH Tommy Lee playing. I have no idea why she’s here. Even Tommy said, “I thought we were awesome. What happened?” Times like this, you have to just chalk up to karma. Shit happens.

Patrice – Eternal Life

Yeah, she picked the song by one of my favorite all time singer/songwriters: Jeff Buckley. She even introduced him as one of the greatest of the last generation. I have to agree with her on that. I’m gonna have to pull out my CD and listen.

So she chose “Eternal Life” which only concerned me because a lot of people aren’t familiar with Jeff Buckley, and I didn’t want the audience to be bored because they couldn’t sing along. Jeff was one of those gifted souls that died the untimely death by drowning. He has more cult figure than rock god, but his followers LOVE him and his music.

But tonight’s crowd loved Patrice, and her energy and intensity were incredible. yeah!!!

After the break, Gilby announces that this week’s survivors will be receiving a new Supernova track to write to, so they can see what they do to it. This should be interesting! Then Gilby says, “Jill, you’ve made some horrible choices. Tonight you saved yourself. Go back home!” and sent her back to the Rocker box.

Then Gilby turns it over to Tommy, “The Hatchet Man” Lee. Today when he put on his brown hood, it also had red horns sewn on it. Is this going to be a new style?

“Dana, You’ve come really far, but it’s time for you to go.”

Dana was, of course, gracious: ” This has been the best adventure of my life…I have a lot of room to grow…Thank you for having me here.”

Jason quickly added that Dana really brought a great enegy to the Mansion, and she’ll be missed. “Everyone saying that you have a way to go, but You’re gonna go a long way.”

Jason also reminded everyone that Dana’s graciousness, especially since she’s the youngest, was very professional.

“We’re watching how you handle everything that’s going on around you, in this new life.”

And as Dana returned to the Rocker Box to say goodbye to her friends, who was the first person waiting with open arms to hug her? Ryan Star. He knows how to play the reality tv show game, that one.

Farewell, Dana Andrews. Rock on!

Rock Star: Supernova ~ Week 5 Performances

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Just another awesome night at Rock and Roll Boot Camp at Rock Star: Supernova!After Brooke’s “Back in Black” outfit started the show with a bang, we went straight to the behind the scenes video:

Magni received a videotape from home, showing his baby’s first steps. It was really quite sweet. Seeing what he was missing at home seems to steel Magni’s resolve. And his kid is very cute.

During song selection, Patrice ended up choosing “Higher Ground” (originally written by Stevie Wonder, later covered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers) which Tommy Lee was going to play on. She was hesitant about attracting a microscope on her performance after last week’s near miss. Her sensitivity caused her to snap at Ryan, who called her a bitch. They quickly made up, and after he walked away, Ryan called her a bitch again under his breath. Ryan makes me laugh because he knows how to play the reality tv show game. I don’t believe that he’s that much of a jerk in real life, but I can appreciate that it gives the people at home something to talk about.

Patrice Pike – Higher Ground

So the show started right away with Patrice playing “Higher Ground” with Tommy Lee. Patrice looked great with a faux mohawk hairdo, and of course, Tommy was in full drummer form. Patrice was strong from the very start, and I don’t know why she was stressing. She definitely interacted with Tommy Lee, and there was no hint of the anxious bitch. I wonder if that’s Patrice’s strategy: you know you’re going to kill it, but you just pretend like you might collapse from the strain. Ha!

Powerful voice + strong voice = Go, Patrice, Go!

Dave – Loved Patrice’s energy, and suggested that a few Rockers would not be able to hold their own, “some of you will disappear in front of Tommy”. Patrice “definitely held her own”.

Gilby – “It took a lot of guts, and you stood your ground. Awesome! Awesome!”

Josh Logan – Santeria

He sounds great, with the whole fake-Jamaican-regaae-soul-thing, but I just don’t see Tommy Lee and Josh Logan in the same band. Supernova’s thoughts?

Dave – “You sounded great”

Tommy – “I love the way you sing. Makes me wish I was on the beach with one of those foofy drinks!”

Jason – “You have a high level of musicality, and I hope you keep bringing that each week”

I am not hating. I just don’t see it. I’ll leave it to those of you at home to vote. What do you think?

Dilana – Can’t Get Enough of Your Love

I wondered how Dilana was going to change things up, but I shouldn’t have worried. While singing, she went into the audience, and got right onto the judge’s box with Dave and Supernova to sing to them. She was in great form. A little heavy on the rock screech, but hey, she has that particular tool in her singer’s toolbox, so I’ll let go and let God When she decided to return to the stage, she got on the shoulder of a guy in the audience who walked her back. It seemed totally unrehearsed, and delightfully in the moment.

She didn’t miss a beat of the song, and she sounded great. Tommy was on his feet, and Jason acted like he was blown back into his seat. Again, Homegirl switched it up. Wow!

Dave – Loved “the free expression of your voice”

Gilby – “You came and sang in front of us! What you did was good! Sneaky, but good!”

Jason – “Give it to her, yeah!”

Toby – Pennyroyal Tea

In Toby’s intro, Brooke mentioned that Toby has yet to give a memorable performance that everyone talks about. As I watched him, I wasn’t sure if tonight was going to be that night yet. Toby sings his butt off, and he can milk an audience. At the very end of the song, he went into the audience, sang to a girl, and then hugged her as he finished the song. Ok, that was different, but not sure if was enough.

Dave – “After Dilana just went into the audience, I thought that was a little much”, but added that tonight, “You became a man”

Tommy – “Nice arrangement”

Jason – “Is that someone you met tonight?” (Toby said yes, and camera pans to the girl) “Great!”

Folks, in the music biz it NEVER matters what people tell you to your face. The proof is in the votes.

Zayra – Jenny (867 5309)

First, I’ll describe the outfit: she looked like a sexy superhero. Or is that superheroine? Zayra wore a leopard skin short short one piece thingeroo with a chain belt. She also wore elbow-length gold lame gloves. Tell me this girl ain’t creative!

I’m still concerned about the articulation of her vocals, but when an artist brings the spectacle to the stage, what do you do? She’s bringing the theater, and I can’t stop watching. She does love her little Bjork vocal thing (and I noticed Supernova caught it too). I feel like Zayra was performing AT me, not TO me, but the lady has heart.

And when it came time for the judges, Dave and the guys just started laughung, and they asked for a minute to get their thought together Tommy asked for six minutes specifically, and for the first time in the history of Rock Star: Supernova, we went to commercial before getting the judge’s comments. When we returned from the station break, Dave and Supernova had composed themselves.

Dave – Mentioned that there was controversy about her staying while Josh got kicked off the island last week. “You change it up every week”, and that ability is what keeps her in the game.

Gilby – Your voice was a little off, but we like seeing what you do. And I am not wearing matching leopard pants!

Just the fact that Gilby was even thinking about what he’d wear onstage with Zayra is very promising. From their earlier inability to keep a straight face, I thought that they were going to make fun of her, but she’s starting to reap the rewards of persistence.

But I gotta know. WHO is Zayra’s stylist? Did she pack all this stuff in her suitcase? Inquiring minds want to know!

Magni – Clocks

I liked Magni’s voice tonight. He got to be mellow and melodic. It was a nice change to see the kinder and gentler “Daddy” Magni, but to me, his ego is bigger than his talent. But this was the most I’ve liked his performance during the competition so far.

Jason – “You continue to set the bar”

Gilby – “That was awesome”

Tommy asked him how it felt to miss his son. When Magni admitted to missing his son, but adding “I really want to be here”, Tommy said his owned kids were there tonight too, and that that the band appreciated his dedication. Tommy then announced that would send for his wife and baby to LA. Magni bowed to Supernova, and it was a beautiful moment. Tommy Lee is a sweetheart. That was just nice all around, you know?

Jill – Don’t Forget About Me

Jill was really working the long straight blond hair thing tonight. I’m not mad at that, but the singing was just forced, and not particularly pleasant for me to listen to. She has great energy and power, but I’m not sure. Sorry, Jill.

Dave – “There comes a time during every show when you go to the fridge or get chips. That was just one of those times. It was really not that good.” [Can you say Ouch? Jill just smiles. She already knows that opening her mouth will make it worse with Dave]

Tommy – “The low register is what makes the song for me”

Gilby – “I think you oversang that. It was actually uncomfortable to listen to.”

Jill, it’s time to go to church and light some candles. Things are not looking good.

Ryan – Losing My Religion

Ryan sang while playing a baby grand piano. Nice touch, definitely changing things up. He brought an intense presence and vocals to the song. Even if I wanted to, I can’t deny it : Ryan killed it tonight. Well done, Man.

Dave – “That was phenomenal”

Jason – “That was your best performance yet”

Tommy – “I have a piano song, and I can so hear your voice on it. And by the way, that performance is sooo going to get you laid, Dude!”

Lukas – Celebrity Skin

Lukas was odd tonight on stage. He seemed like he was singing to the drummer of the house band. I couldn’t understand what he was singing, although he looked great. This wasn’t the Lukas we’re used to seeing, and that was a bit jarring.

Dave – “That was your my least favorite performance of yours”

Gilby – You spent most of the song with your back to us. Is something going on? This turned out to be a valid question, because Lukas admitted that he turned away to concentrate on the lyrics, “for more comfortability” (if that’s not a real word, then it should be!) So Gilby added. “Learn the lyrics!”

Storm – Changes

Tonight Storm gave us elegant and vulnerable. What can’t this woman do? Her outfit was understated, yet sexy and classy, just like this David Bowie classic. After rocking out for the past few shows, now she can give us this other side. Can you say multifaceted?

Dave – “My favorite performance. You stood there, and you were vulnerable, with none of that crazy eye stuff”

Gilby – “That was a risky song choice. That was great!”

Jason – “I’d love to see this classy thing anytime!”

Dana – Baba O’Riley

Dana rocked a straight hair look tonight. It does seem to give her an edge. Tonight Dana brought her rock and roll attitude to the stage, finally. She has stopped worrying about looking beautiful, finally. Vocally she rocks, so the rest she can work out as she goes. She is a student lo longer. Graduation Day is here, Dana. Take your well-deserved bow!

Dave – “When I heard that you were doing this song, I was worried that it was too ambitious for you. You were really great!”

Gilby – “Are you ready to be a rebel?” Dana responded, “I’m getting a tattoo tomorrow!” The crowd laughed and applauded.

And the Bottom Three as of the first five minutes of voting (which is really silly when you think about it) is:
Toby
Zayra
Jill

The voting has hours yet to go, so tune in tomorrow for the official Bottom Three results!

Rock Star: Supernova ~ Week 5 Performances

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Just another awesome night at Rock and Roll Boot Camp at Rock Star: Supernova!After Brooke’s “Back in Black” outfit started the show with a bang, we went straight to the behind the scenes video:

Magni received a videotape from home, showing his baby’s first steps. It was really quite sweet. Seeing what he was missing at home seems to steel Magni’s resolve. And his kid is very cute.

During song selection, Patrice ended up choosing “Higher Ground” (originally written by Stevie Wonder, later covered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers) which Tommy Lee was going to play on. She was hesitant about attracting a microscope on her performance after last week’s near miss. Her sensitivity caused her to snap at Ryan, who called her a bitch. They quickly made up, and after he walked away, Ryan called her a bitch again under his breath. Ryan makes me laugh because he knows how to play the reality tv show game. I don’t believe that he’s that much of a jerk in real life, but I can appreciate that it gives the people at home something to talk about.

Patrice Pike – Higher Ground

So the show started right away with Patrice playing “Higher Ground” with Tommy Lee. Patrice looked great with a faux mohawk hairdo, and of course, Tommy was in full drummer form. Patrice was strong from the very start, and I don’t know why she was stressing. She definitely interacted with Tommy Lee, and there was no hint of the anxious bitch. I wonder if that’s Patrice’s strategy: you know you’re going to kill it, but you just pretend like you might collapse from the strain. Ha!

Powerful voice + strong voice = Go, Patrice, Go!

Dave – Loved Patrice’s energy, and suggested that a few Rockers would not be able to hold their own, “some of you will disappear in front of Tommy”. Patrice “definitely held her own”.

Gilby – “It took a lot of guts, and you stood your ground. Awesome! Awesome!”

Josh Logan – Santeria

He sounds great, with the whole fake-Jamaican-regaae-soul-thing, but I just don’t see Tommy Lee and Josh Logan in the same band. Supernova’s thoughts?

Dave – “You sounded great”

Tommy – “I love the way you sing. Makes me wish I was on the beach with one of those foofy drinks!”

Jason – “You have a high level of musicality, and I hope you keep bringing that each week”

I am not hating. I just don’t see it. I’ll leave it to those of you at home to vote. What do you think?

Dilana – Can’t Get Enough of Your Love

I wondered how Dilana was going to change things up, but I shouldn’t have worried. While singing, she went into the audience, and got right onto the judge’s box with Dave and Supernova to sing to them. She was in great form. A little heavy on the rock screech, but hey, she has that particular tool in her singer’s toolbox, so I’ll let go and let God When she decided to return to the stage, she got on the shoulder of a guy in the audience who walked her back. It seemed totally unrehearsed, and delightfully in the moment.

She didn’t miss a beat of the song, and she sounded great. Tommy was on his feet, and Jason acted like he was blown back into his seat. Again, Homegirl switched it up. Wow!

Dave – Loved “the free expression of your voice”

Gilby – “You came and sang in front of us! What you did was good! Sneaky, but good!”

Jason – “Give it to her, yeah!”

Toby – Pennyroyal Tea

In Toby’s intro, Brooke mentioned that Toby has yet to give a memorable performance that everyone talks about. As I watched him, I wasn’t sure if tonight was going to be that night yet. Toby sings his butt off, and he can milk an audience. At the very end of the song, he went into the audience, sang to a girl, and then hugged her as he finished the song. Ok, that was different, but not sure if was enough.

Dave – “After Dilana just went into the audience, I thought that was a little much”, but added that tonight, “You became a man”

Tommy – “Nice arrangement”

Jason – “Is that someone you met tonight?” (Toby said yes, and camera pans to the girl) “Great!”

Folks, in the music biz it NEVER matters what people tell you to your face. The proof is in the votes.

Zayra – Jenny (867 5309)

First, I’ll describe the outfit: she looked like a sexy superhero. Or is that superheroine? Zayra wore a leopard skin short short one piece thingeroo with a chain belt. She also wore elbow-length gold lame gloves. Tell me this girl ain’t creative!

I’m still concerned about the articulation of her vocals, but when an artist brings the spectacle to the stage, what do you do? She’s bringing the theater, and I can’t stop watching. She does love her little Bjork vocal thing (and I noticed Supernova caught it too). I feel like Zayra was performing AT me, not TO me, but the lady has heart.

And when it came time for the judges, Dave and the guys just started laughung, and they asked for a minute to get their thought together Tommy asked for six minutes specifically, and for the first time in the history of Rock Star: Supernova, we went to commercial before getting the judge’s comments. When we returned from the station break, Dave and Supernova had composed themselves.

Dave – Mentioned that there was controversy about her staying while Josh got kicked off the island last week. “You change it up every week”, and that ability is what keeps her in the game.

Gilby – Your voice was a little off, but we like seeing what you do. And I am not wearing matching leopard pants!

Just the fact that Gilby was even thinking about what he’d wear onstage with Zayra is very promising. From their earlier inability to keep a straight face, I thought that they were going to make fun of her, but she’s starting to reap the rewards of persistence.

But I gotta know. WHO is Zayra’s stylist? Did she pack all this stuff in her suitcase? Inquiring minds want to know!

Magni – Clocks

I liked Magni’s voice tonight. He got to be mellow and melodic. It was a nice change to see the kinder and gentler “Daddy” Magni, but to me, his ego is bigger than his talent. But this was the most I’ve liked his performance during the competition so far.

Jason – “You continue to set the bar”

Gilby – “That was awesome”

Tommy asked him how it felt to miss his son. When Magni admitted to missing his son, but adding “I really want to be here”, Tommy said his owned kids were there tonight too, and that that the band appreciated his dedication. Tommy then announced that would send for his wife and baby to LA. Magni bowed to Supernova, and it was a beautiful moment. Tommy Lee is a sweetheart. That was just nice all around, you know?

Jill – Don’t Forget About Me

Jill was really working the long straight blond hair thing tonight. I’m not mad at that, but the singing was just forced, and not particularly pleasant for me to listen to. She has great energy and power, but I’m not sure. Sorry, Jill.

Dave – “There comes a time during every show when you go to the fridge or get chips. That was just one of those times. It was really not that good.” [Can you say Ouch? Jill just smiles. She already knows that opening her mouth will make it worse with Dave]

Tommy – “The low register is what makes the song for me”

Gilby – “I think you oversang that. It was actually uncomfortable to listen to.”

Jill, it’s time to go to church and light some candles. Things are not looking good.

Ryan – Losing My Religion

Ryan sang while playing a baby grand piano. Nice touch, definitely changing things up. He brought an intense presence and vocals to the song. Even if I wanted to, I can’t deny it : Ryan killed it tonight. Well done, Man.

Dave – “That was phenomenal”

Jason – “That was your best performance yet”

Tommy – “I have a piano song, and I can so hear your voice on it. And by the way, that performance is sooo going to get you laid, Dude!”

Lukas – Celebrity Skin

Lukas was odd tonight on stage. He seemed like he was singing to the drummer of the house band. I couldn’t understand what he was singing, although he looked great. This wasn’t the Lukas we’re used to seeing, and that was a bit jarring.

Dave – “That was your my least favorite performance of yours”

Gilby – You spent most of the song with your back to us. Is something going on? This turned out to be a valid question, because Lukas admitted that he turned away to concentrate on the lyrics, “for more comfortability” (if that’s not a real word, then it should be!) So Gilby added. “Learn the lyrics!”

Storm – Changes

Tonight Storm gave us elegant and vulnerable. What can’t this woman do? Her outfit was understated, yet sexy and classy, just like this David Bowie classic. After rocking out for the past few shows, now she can give us this other side. Can you say multifaceted?

Dave – “My favorite performance. You stood there, and you were vulnerable, with none of that crazy eye stuff”

Gilby – “That was a risky song choice. That was great!”

Jason – “I’d love to see this classy thing anytime!”

Dana – Baba O’Riley

Dana rocked a straight hair look tonight. It does seem to give her an edge. Tonight Dana brought her rock and roll attitude to the stage, finally. She has stopped worrying about looking beautiful, finally. Vocally she rocks, so the rest she can work out as she goes. She is a student no longer. Graduation Day is here, Dana. Take your well-deserved bow!

Dave – “When I heard that you were doing this song, I was worried that it was too ambitious for you. You were really great!”

Gilby – “Are you ready to be a rebel?” Dana responded, “I’m getting a tattoo tomorrow!” The crowd laughed and applauded.

And the Bottom Three as of the first five minutes of voting (which is really silly when you think about it) is:
Toby
Zayra
Jill

The voting has hours yet to go, so tune in tomorrow for the official Bottom Three results!