Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Rock Star: INXS
American Idol meets Survivor with a rock'n'roll edge? (Maybe AI's much touted rockers Bo and Constantine should have waited for this competition :-) Is this anyway to pick a new lead singer for an established hit rock band?
Well nowadays, I guess so. (Survivor honcho Mark Burnett and CBS certainly hope that we agree...at least enough of us to keep the ratings up.)
Fifteen aspiring young rock stars sing their young hearts for a chance to step in the frontperson role in INXS vacated by Michael Hutchence's death back in 1997 in a competition being hosted by Brooke Burke and judged by the band and Dave Navarro, erstwhile member of Jane's Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Judging by the first show some of the candidates are interesting in a good way and others are interesting in a "what the hell are you doing?" kind of way (the kids should probably steer clear of the Nirvana songs in future episodes.)
Hey, it gives the singers a shot they wouldn't have otherwise had and if it works for INXS, it's all good too. We'll see how it all sorts out in coming weeks.