This week's Rock Star: Supernova began loaded with drama and ended with a display of shooting stars the likes of which I haven't seen since the Leonid meteor shower of 2003. Behind the scenes footage played like a bad made-for-TV movie thanks to the machinations of Mark Burnett Productions (Survivor). Focus zeroed in on Dilana's meltdown following her tell-all performance during last week's faux press interview. Topping all this off, she hurled a glass, which upon shattering, nicked Magni's face. It made good TV for MBP and garnered uncountable online debates.
Rock Star had a theme this week, with fan's selecting the songs to be sung by the contestants in online voting. Song selections that worked well: Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" for Toby Rand – the song was perfect for him; Magni's "I Alone"; "Lithium" for Lukas Rossi; but in the case of Storm Large, the Evanescence song, "Bring Me to Life", not so much.
Voting this week made a Rock Star record with the highest number of votes ever cast in the history of this show. Magni was served magni-ficent redemption with having the honor of not hitting the bottom three this week, stunning since he had fallen into the bottom three two weeks in a row. I think for the most part, Magni's fans had been previously quiet but now are rallying, sending their message of appreciation for his talent, saving him to sing another week.
Bottom three this week, and an apparent shocker for Supernova; Dilana, Storm Large, and Ryan Star. Lukas and Toby were made to stand, indicating at one point during the voting process they had fallen into the bottom three. The biggest shooting Star of the night, Ryan Star, axed by The Tommyhawk.
Toby Rand gets my number one pick this week. Thunder from Down Under brought a rollicking, fun, spot-on performance with a song that seemed written with him in mind. He was ingenious in delivery and in performance, bringing up some very excited gals from the audience to dance with him. I loved how he worked the audience, he's a natural with them and good with camera interaction, possessing an endearing cheekiness. Storm had him on back-up in her performance and he did a great job. Not surprisingly Toby scored the encore slot, with "Rebel Yell" – he made great TV Tuesday night. He's grown on me tremendously the past few weeks.
Magni, beautiful, magnificient Magni gets the number two spot but delivered a number one caliber performance. He sang Live's "I Alone," a perfect choice for him. This man has one of the best voices I have ever heard anywhere, and did an outstanding job. He was solid, cool, smooth and charismatic, changing it up by venturing into the audience and singing to Supernova. Another performance like this and I see top two a viable option for him. Perhaps Dave Navarro needs to read the definition of "Dark Horse." Magni is the standing definition of the phrase. Rock on, Iceman.
Lukas Rossi gave a unique treatment to "Lithium" (Nirvava) that worked, almost better than the original. He looked and sounded great, spaz dancing, and opening his voice in a display of tone and power. Tommy Lee phrased it well by saying a performer should let the music do the talking, and "that was talking." Rossi demonstrated why he's a front-runner on this show, "Theatrics" is his middle name. Even though this week he had to stand as being in the bottom three briefly, Rossi is in no danger of going anywhere. Rossi ranked the Supernova song performance, and it worked.
Storm Large had to perform "Bring It to Life." This lovely gal has a huge voice, but she demonstrated its limits in her attempt to deliver it. I give her an "A" for her efforts, and loved her selflessness by bringing Toby up to back her. I have a great deal of admiration for this lady and appreciate her talent, but think her tenure on this show will be reaching termination very soon.
Dilana. Wow, what a difference a week can make. Beginning with reprimands received last week for her lack of judgement during the faux press test, proceeding to the caught on-camera drama, of the glass hurling and Magni's minor injury, spiralling to her manic performance Tuesday night of "Mother, Mother." Watching Dilana, I couldn't stop myself from thinking about a certain resemblance to the creature in the movie Predator, with rainbow extensions. Finishing up what must have been a horrible week, she delivered the worst performance of the season with a rendition of "Psycho Killer." It was shrieky, surreal in its very awfulness – she lost her place in it, faltered, and looked frantic. Camera shots at Newsted had him grimacing like he had just bit into a lemon; Tommy Lee and Gilby looked like they couldn't believe it. I could only stare. It was a psycho killer train wreck.