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INXS is looking for a new lead singer, and they have 15 rockers who just might do the trick.

Recaps by Chico Alexander & Gordon Pepper, GSNN


FACT FILE:

Hosts:
Brooke Burke & Dave Navarro
Judges: Andrew Farriss, Kirk Pengilly, Jon Farriss, Tim Farris, Garry Beers
Creators: Mark Burnett, David Goffin
EP: Mark Burnett, David Goffin, Lisa Hennessy
Packager: Mark Burnett Productions
Airs: Mondays at 9:30p and Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 9pm ET on CBS


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"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 begins.

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 comments.

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 going anywhere.

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 bottom three.'

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 critique.

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 is over.

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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