Rock Star: INXS -- week 2

Since week 3 of Rock Star: INXS is about to begin, I'll belatedly comment on week 2. Neal is gone! Nothing personal, but -- good! Ever since the second night when he came out on stage doing an extreme Mick Jagger impersonation, I knew he wasn't going to last long. What killed his chances was his rendition of Bryan Adams' "Summer Of '69"; he sounded like your average open mic night performer. His band Bona Roba is reportedly making some waves in New York; maybe his TV exposure will help his band get further.

Tara made the bottom three again! I know people have issues with her song selections -- she sounded country singing the Eagles' "Take It Easy" and perhaps over-compensated when she did Black Sabbath next -- but she's good! Her performance of INXS' "Mystify" on Wednesday hopefully saved her for a while.

Jessica? She's on her way out. She isn't bad, but she seems to make all the songs she sings sound the same. Her sex appeal was hurt by her weird poofy hairdo on Tuesday. Her indifferent performance of INXS' "Don't Change" on Wednesday didn't help her chances much.

And what's with J.D. and his sudden brown-nosing? It doesn't become him. It wasn't so much the part about him telling the members of INXS that he loved their songs; it was his insinuation that the other contestants don't. Watch it, J.D. That's going to hurt you down the road, if not sooner. I know you're used to being homeless, but right now you have to live with the people that you dissed on TV. Very uncool! Having said that, I thought his masculine interpretation of Alanis Morissette's "Hand In My Pocket" was pretty cool. I still don't know if he's right for INXS, though.

Last week, Deanna had my vote. This week, she hurt herself by creating unnecessary drama about being stuck with a song she didn't like, REM's "The One I Love". Her rendition actually wasn't bad at first, but toward the end it sounded a bit overheated. Better luck next time, D. This week, my vote went to Mig for his performance of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way". His personal drama about being intimidated by the song may have helped him; he did pretty well for a guy who was having doubts.

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