Rock Star: INXS -- week 3

Wow! Two birds with one stone! Heather and Daphna are both gone. At the beginning of this week, it was stressed on the show that contestants are only one bad performance away from elimination. As if to illustrate that point, not one but two contestants who did OK the first two weeks were sent home the third week. Jessica saved herself with a solid performance of INXS' "Elegantly Wasted". She's bought herself some more time. Heather's performance of the band's ballad "By My Side" was underwhelming. Daphna's performance of "What You Need" was OK, but unimpressive. It seemed like Heather was the one who would get the boot, but it was quite shocking when she and Daphna both did. If nothing else, Heather and Daphna can say that they performed with INXS' rhythm section; bassist Garry Beers and drummer Jon Farriss sat in with the house band for Wednesday night's performances. The other contestants are now on notice: they can't afford one bad performance if they want to stay in the running.

Tuesday night's show did reveal some performers' weaknesses. Heather was sick when she performed Sheryl Crow's "If It Makes You Happy", and she sounded that way. That song was surely not beyond her normal range. Jessica's performance of Patti Smith's "Because The Night" was decent but flawed. And Daphna's rendition of the Clash's "Rock The Casbah" was all wrong. It sounded like a Las Vegas lounge rendition of the Clash. The criticism from members of INXS was stinging; Jon Farriss came right out and told her she "murdered" the song. Ouch! It's not surprising that they made the bottom three in viewer voting.

There were other weak performances as well. J.D. is going through meltdown! He's lucky he didn't make the bottom three instead of Jessica, or there might have been three dismissals. He wisely did not take a trip-hop approach to Queen's "We Are The Champions" like he had planned, but his straightforward rendition was troubled enough. He claimed to have lost his composure when he saw his long-lost sister in the audience. He also seemed to be trying to make amends with the other singers by saying they are all champions. Ty and Brandon didn't seem to be buying it. Speaking of Brandon, he faltered with his performance of Squeeze's "Tempted", failing to hit several notes. Another night like that can cost him.

I am so glad that Tara was not in the bottom three again! I liked her rendition of Bowie's "Suffragette City", although the band criticized it as being "too cute". But she gave it some sass without over-the-top attitude. I had to admire her for asserting that she believed in herself. Dave Navarro said he wanted to see that in her performances. Uh, Dave? What performances have you been watching? Tara got my vote this week.

Mig, Marty, and Suzie are definitely becoming frontrunners for the title. Ty is also a contender, although I was less impressed with his rendition of REM's "Everybody Hurts" than the band was. He sounded a bit too precious at a few points. Jordis did well with the Spencer Davis Group classic "Gimme Some Lovin'", and showed that she can work a crowd. But she missed the second line of the song. She can get away with that one time like Suzie did, but she shouldn't repeat that mistake. I was a bit disappointed by Deanna, who was my initial favorite. Supertramp's "Give A Little Bit" was her first song choice? She sounded good enough, but left no impression this time.