Strategy worked Wednesday night in the elimination rounds of Rock Star. Following Tuesday night's acts I was convinced that Jill Gioia and Zayra had sealed their fate. Both gals when put on the defensive by the band retorted with asinine comebacks displaying overconfidence and lack of experience. I figured each gal opened mouths and inserted high heels. Early voting had Jill, Zayra, and Chris in the bottom three.
Film footage shot at the house following their performances Tuesday night had the troubled contestants speaking into the cameras about their critiques and concerns. Toby Rand, the guy from Melbourne, Australia, held a solid head on his shoulders intelligently commenting on the value of what can be learned while on the show, impressing Tommy Lee and the rest of Supernova. His comments as well as solid performance the previous night gained Toby the cool spot of the encore performance. The studio audience predictably rallied behind the lad from down-under breaking into a 'love that Toby' frenzy.
On the Tuesday night show, Gioia had performed Courtney Love's, "Take Everything." She emulated Love, down to the roses and white dress shtick, then denied knowing anything about Love's approach to the song. Dave Navarro pointed out the resemblance to the cover of the CD and Gilby challenged her as well on her impersonation. Tommy Lee stayed out of the fray. I'm thinking her resemblance to Pamela Sue has him off center when it comes to attempting critiques. Wednesday Ms. Gioia craftily re-worked her entire look - straightened her hair, shimmied into tight clothes and beautifully sang the Evanescence song, "Bring to Life." Impressive was she. This performance saved her to perform another day while also silencing questions regarding her vocal abilities.
Zayra had come out Tuesday with The Kinks' "You Really Got Me Now" in a catwoman outfit doing some kind of Pilates workout weirdness, and then just for good measure ended her gig with an attempt at a sultry smooch at the camera; it did not work. Wednesday's elimination show had Ms. Alvarez trying to save herself. She surprised me by repeating the same song; most contestants will work out another tune, but no not Zayra. This rendition succeeds, this time she emerges into the chanteuse panther she had attempted the previous night. Zayra made a gamble sticking with The Kinks to impress Supernova with brass and sass, changed it up just enough to deliver her message - this is me take it or F- you. It Worked. She stays to play another week.