Rock Star: INXS -- week 4

Jordis! Jordis! Jordis! It's all about Jordis this week. Did you see Jordis? When I saw her emotional performance of David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold The World" Tuesday night on Rock Star, I didn't feel like I was watching a 22-year old novice contestant on a reality show. I felt like I was watching a star. Jordis shone as brightly as a world-famous pop star on an awards show. As Dave Navarro and the INXS members said, I felt it. There's a new front-runner in town!

However, there were no slackers on Tuesday night's show. It was the most solid episode yet. The contestants were more aware than ever that one bad performance could be the end of them, so they sang for their lives. The bottom three was not a matter of who didn't perform well. It was a matter of who didn't measure up to the rest. Ty can be forgiven for a less-than-perfect performance of the Foo Fighters' "Everlong", a song he claims he never heard before(!). There's no way he could have been justly eliminated based on that, especially after his sensational perfromance of INXS' "Kick" on Wednesday. Brandon Calhoon may be on his last legs in the competition, but he's also safe for at least another week.

But Tara is gone. Her Tuesday performance of the Police's "Message In A Bottle" wasn't bad, but it paled next to most of the others. Besides, it was her third time in the bottom three. I suppose the band can only argue with the viewers for so long. And it's hard to blame her if her "little ticker" can't take any more of being in that undesirable position. But Tara is a talent. Her bio on the MSN site says she is working on a solo album. I'll be watching for it.

Jessica is still in the game. She made the most of the Violent Femmes' "Blister In The Sun", which everyone seems to agree is a terrible song for a vocal competition. She's earned at least another week. It was odd to see JD's performance of "The Letter" being based on the Joe Cocker remake instead of the Box Tops' classic version, but it did allow him to show off his flair for stage performing. I'm still unsure of Deanna, who was my initial favorite when the show began. Melissa Etheridge's "I'm The Only One" seemed like a natural choice for her, but she merely did an adequate job of it. Maybe running through the audience and then dancing in front of INXS on the sideline distracted her. She still has more to prove.

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