"Week One": July 11-13, 2005
Hello everyone, and
welcome to the first voting show of Rockstar. We'll be
hearing 14 stars, and you, as the voter, get to decide
the three worst singers. INXS will take one of those
vocalists and show them the door.
Brooke Burke will introduce us to the singers in front
of this live audience. Before we get to that, we get a
synopsis on Monday and the departure of Dana. We also
get an intro of INXS and Dave Navarro before the action
Speaking of action, we start that off with Heather, who
sings Jefferson Airplane's 'Somebody To Love'. She makes
an almost exact match of Grace Slick's voice, which is
good for her, but I'd love to hear something that puts
her in a more original element. She does sound very
good, though. We get no judging - just a performance,
which is a nice change, as we will just get music and no
Next up is Marty, who gives us 'Take Me High' He does a
good job, and he blows Heather out of the water. This
time, we do get judging, as Ben Crowley says that it was
a much better performance than last time.
People are strange. That's what Daphnia is singing
about. She's got a nice floppy hat as the belts the
music out. She's got that surrealistic Clockwork Orange
going on. What I like about her, besides her skimpy top,
is her voice tone - it's smooth and almost no break on
the tone. Dave loves her style and her voice, as do I.
Suzy really needs a good performance after her lyric
brainfart in the first episode. She sings 'Call Me', and
if she keeps singing that, I won't be returning her
calls. At least she got the lyrics right. She didn't get
the words right and she was off on the pitch. Dave liked
the lyrics, but not the notes, adding that the last note
was uncomfortable. INXS tells her that she is getting
potential and to keep it up. Apparently, they heard a
different performance than we did.
Brandon doesn't want to be 'Hard to Handle'. He just
wants to sing the song made famous by the Black Crowes.
He's not completely in tune either, and he does screw up
the lyrics. The crowd loves him, but I don't - he does
nothing for me.
The crowd also loved Jordis last week. She sings
Nirvana's 'Heart Shaped Box' and she does do something
for me. I like the total package - her scraggly hair and
her voice, which is scraggly as well, but not to the
point that it's irritating. David loved that it was
Jordis performing it , instead of her trying to imitate
Kurt Cobain. I agree with that and that's what separates
her from Heather.
It was highlighted on yesterday's episode that Mig was
trying a brand new song. The song is 'All Day and All
Night', which is what Mig was doing bouncing his body up
and down and shaking his head up and down. He also lets
the females molest him in the front. Mig's not exactly
my cup of team, but he did perform the song well and
sing it smoothly, and that's, for me, what counts. Dave
thought he did a good job and Gary loved his
transformation, while Tim thought he nailed it. Mig says
he loves everyone. AwwwBarf.
Deanna wants to know, 'Should I Stay or Should I Go?'
She sounds very husky for a blonde who's on the petite
side. She also does the Mig Jump and bounces around, so
I guess I'll have to accept the jumping as a part of
life. She also sounds great and she should have no
problem advancing this week. Dave says that she brought
chills, while INXS said that she nailed it and she's not
Will is performing 'Right Here, Right Now', which is
where I want him to direct him to the exit door. Are you
sure that this isn't the same Will from Big Brother? He
is completely off on the pitch and I am wondering what
possessed him to take that song. David says that he
missed an opportunity to open up in the chorus. That's a
really nice way of saying, 'You better not fall in the
Jessica sings 'I Want You to Want Me'. I want her to
love me, but she's also all over the place at the
beginning, but she recovers nicely. She has a very nice
touch - she not only performs to the audience, but she
also dances and sings with the backup band. No one else
has done that, and it's cool. Dave love how she
acknowledged the band, and INXS is looking for that sort
of person to front the band. They also ask her to
concentrate less on the audience and more on her
singing. I think they are on target with all of their
Tara sings 'Take it Easy'. She was just alright with me
- nothing to get my socks knocked off, but nothing awful
either. She sings just ok, but I think that she'll be
safe, because 1. She's going to get a big Canadian base,
and 2. There are at least three other people who deserve
to be at the bottom, as they were worse than her.
This would be one of them. Neil sings shirtless, and
maybe it's for the people to stare at his chest than to
notice his sloppy singing on 'The Fortunate One' The
band wants him to chance his range and a style of song.
They did like that he addressed the audience. Don't
encourage him - he may take his pants off next. Ewwwww.
The person who impressed me the most yesterday is
singing now. Ty gets to do Pat Benatar's 'Heartbreaker'.
Ty seems to be taking notes - he performs to both the
audience and goes to the band. The contestants stand up
and give him applause. Dave thought that he was awesome
and he loved the a capella. Ty seems to be one of the
people to beat in this competition.
Finally, we hear J.D. singing California Dreaming. They
want him to be less manic. That advice didn't seem like
it was heeded - he is still dancing while his vocals
sound like he's on Quaaludes. He bounces back and forth
from the audience and back. I don't know if the voters
like that - or his screaming. I know I don't. If they
don't, he won't be very long for the show. David said
that he did tone it down and improved his singing. Maybe
he did from Monday, but I didn't feel it, and he has a
lot more work to do.
After that, we get a recap of the show and the
performers. Then we're done and the first voting episode
My take? Well, it was improved. As usual, we have the
categories, which I will give you now...
Rock and Roll Forever! - Daphnia, Jordis, Deanna, Ty
Rock and Roll High School - but not graduated - Heather,
Marty, Jessica, Tara, Mig
Rock Bottom - Suzy, Brandon, Will, Neil, J.D.
The bottom three should be Suzy, Will and J.D, and J.D.
should be the first person to take the Long Walk
Good-bye. But it's not up to me - or up to the audience.
It's up to INXS. We'll find out in 24 hours if everyone
is in agreement.
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