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Rockstar Supernova: Is Dilana the New Zayra?

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What's up with all the Dilana bashing on Rockstar: Supernova lately? Sure, she might be the new drama queen now that Zayra's gone (read last week's entry about cutting Magni in the head), but no one can deny that the girl can sing. First, the house band leader mocked her re-arrangement of her first song; and nice guy guitarist Gilby Clarke bashed on her songwriting abilities even before she kicked off last night's show.

This is crunch time for the last five rockers. Four will make it to next week's final. Now last night's task was simple enough: Perform a two-song set with one cover and one original.

Dilana started off the show with a good cover of The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes" and her mid-tempo "Supersoul," which was OK, but not great -- like most of the Supernova orginals they've played for us so far.

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Magni was up next with "Back in the USSR," and we thought he sounded a little like a lounge singer in Vegas during the song. His original song was better than Dilana's (we didn't catch the title.) Maybe a little Stone Temple Pilots-esque?

Storm Large sang "Suffragette City" with open-shirted host Dave Navarro on guitar. (Does he have an aversion to buttons? Why doesn't he just take the shirt off?) Her voice is powerful, but does anyone else think it would fit an R&B song better? We though her next song, "Ladylike," started off really, really badly, but eventually got better. You have to admit that the chorus sticks with you: "What the what is ladylike..."

Lukas sang a scaled-down version of Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer." We might be a little biased, but LAist isn't the biggest of Bon Jovi fans. Actually, we kind of despise their music. A lot. We didn't like Lukas's guttural wail during the song, either. It's been done before. Lots of times. His orginal "Headspin" was much better. It was for his mom: a song about how "nobody's perfect." Hmm. Now it could be a hit if it were only written to a dad and sung by a band called Simple Plan.

We were stoked when Toby chose The Killers' "Mr. Brightside." It started off well enough, but then he went a little off key in the middle of the song. Big turnoff for us, but we don't think the band members noticed much. His original "Throw It Away" was the hardest rocking song of the night, and he had good energy to pull it off. Even Tommy Lee pinching his ass mid-song didn't distract him from the task at hand. Now that's concentration.

The boys in Supernova really like him and Toby's easy for us to look at. We think he's the front runner -- at least this week. But we'll see who gets the boot tonight.

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