This Week in Supernova*
We’ll skip most of the Dilana drama that was used as filler at the beginning of Supernova. So what if she dissed a few folks she’s competing against? BFD. Isn’t that what reality TV and rock’n’roll are all about? And so she shattered a glass and a piece flew up and cut Magni in the head, they’ve all kissed and made up. Let’s move on to the music, which was picked out by the viewing audience.
Here are last night’s performances in a nutshell:
Lukas: Though he looks like a cross between a raccoon and a little Troll doll, Lukas did a decent job on Nirvana’s “Lithium.” But LAist won’t say “great” because we’re not the biggest Lukas fans. There’s something in the tonality of his singing voice that rubs us the wrong way. But then again, Billy Corgan’s still got a fanbase out there. Somewhere.
Magni: He really does seem like a really nice guy, but does he have enough of an edge for the band? His performance of “I Alone” was pitch perfect – but it was a near copy of Live’s version. We want these singers to bring something different to these songs that have been overplayed to death.
Ryan: This dark horse had a little trouble with the falsetto in the beginning of Coldplay’s “Clocks,” but recovered quickly. We loved watching his Tori Amos-esque performance on the piano. He came thisclose to making an ass of himself by writhing a little too much on top of the grand piano, but we think he pulled it back just in time.
Storm w/ Toby: We actually felt bad for Storm when she got Evanescence’s “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence. Not only is it an annoying song, but Storm’s register is much lower and huskier than Amy Lee’s. She did what she could, but Toby kicked butt on the backing vocals and overshadowed her performance – a lot.
Toby: We can't stand "Rebel Yell," but Toby did a good job with it. We liked his performance with Storm better, though. You can tell that Tommy Lee will be totally psyched if Toby wins this competition. This Aussie's a total babe magnet - which means a fresh, new supply of backstage groupies.
Dilana: Dilana the drama queen closed the show with an incredible cover of Tracy Bonham's "Mother Mother." Host Dave Navarro said that it was the best performance he'd seen in the two seasons of Supernova. Our only beef: It was kind of wimpy for her to gently place her guitar down mid-song. An intense performance like this deserves a little guitar throwing.
As an aside, LAist would like to know what's up with Supernova bassist Jason Newsted? His Eraserhead haircut, his fingerless black biker gloves and meandering comments are beginning to bug us - and audience members. When critiquing Ryan's performance, someone shouted something from the balcony, and Newsted looked pissed. Maybe they found his sense of humor and were holding it hostage?
Who's going home tonight?: Storm Large*
***We were wrong. Ryan Star was sent packing tonight. All the other contestants seemed shocked, too.