I am a reality show junkie and while I may not like all the shows, I do enjoy watching most of them for the human spirit on display each week.
One show that is quickly going into the dumper is CBS’ Rock Star: INXS because the show is set up all wrong making for uninteresting viewing:
1. Hosts Dave Navarro and Brooke Burke are the Paula Abdul twins. They
have no critical feedback or personality to offer. They are a
figurehead and a cheerleader and not substantial personalities with an
opinion. The first week Dave had some bite in his singer critiques but
since then he has only lobbed sugar-coated Abul-isms.
2. The show used to be on three times a week. The first show of the
week has been dumped over to VH1 because the ratings for the entire
show are awful. Here’s why:
3. The show is ass-backwards. Right now the WORST three performers as
voted by America get to perform an INXS song to save themselves from
elimination. Huh? It should be the other way around! Give us the three
BEST vote getters and let them each perform an INXS song so we can bind
with them and cheer for them as they become better and better each
week. Right now we’re stuck with listening to the worst of the worst as
they shatter unknown INXS songs back into nothingness that no one cares
about anyway and the horrid example of that awful plan is Tara, who was
foisted on us three weeks in a row, as a bottom-feeder performer. We
kept voting her out. CBS kept bringing her back for solo performances!
We were tortured by her nasty attitude and superiority complex over
having to sing covers and to make us to put up with her week after week
in the losers-as-star-performers category was more than we could bear
and, so, we stopped watching and the dump to VH1 began.
4. We become numb rooting for the best singers we never get to hear.
Sometimes a great performance will be given an encore the next night
but that’s like re-working a beautiful painting before the paint dries.
You can’t improve on the significance of a memory with the immediacy of
a command performance. Let the best singer from the night before sing a
NEW song instead of the same song they performed the night before. CBS
is setting them up for failure by asking them to recapture their star
power in a bottle.
5. Jordis is the best singer and the most interesting personality and
she has heart and depth and a core and because of all that she probably
won’t win. INXS area bunch of boring old White Men and they want what
they are, so boring and imitative, young, White Men like Brandon or
Marty or Mig or J.D. will likely win. Here’s a great shot of Jordis in
performance. Remember her. Love her. Hope for her: