July 13, 2005 10:25 PM by Joe Blackmon
Rock Star: INXS is a great concept for a reality TV show, but at times, it comes across as just a little bit too nice. Case in point, the Rock Star: INXS elimination catch phrase is “You’re just not right for our band INXS.” True, there are so many reality TV shows now, it is probably difficult to come up with new catch phrases, but for a rock show, we expected something with a little more bite.
After calling J.D. Fortune up to the stage and giving him the impression that he was the lowest vote getter, INXS tells J.D. that the band loved his performance of “California Dreamin” so much that they wanted an encore. After J.D.’s encore, the real bottom three are announced. And it turned out that Reality TV Magazine accurately predicted the bottom three vote getters after Tuesday night’s performances. Wil Seabrook, Suzy McNeail, and Tara Slone all wound up in the bottom three.
Each of the bottom three vote getters were asked to perform an INXS song. Tara started it off with a lackluster version of “New Sensation” that was only marginally better than her performance from Tuesday night. As boring as Tara’s performance was, Wil was by far worse. Wil’s performance of “Need You Tonight” was so lowkey that it was often hard to understand the lyrics that he appeared to be whispering into the microphone as he slowly walked across the stage. However, it turned out that the third time was the charm for Suzy. Suzy completely redeemed her previous two performances with a spirited and strong performance of “Never Tear Us Apart.” Suzy was the only one of the three that performed like she really wanted to be there and stay in the competition.
After the performance, Tim Farriss from INXS told Tara “great to see you can rock, you picked up your performance, but we’re not sure it’s enough." Tim told Wil “you sang that great but we’ve asked you twice now to improve your performance, and we haven’t seen it.” Tim told Suzy “you nailed it, go back and join the others, you’re not going home.”
INXS then broke the news with their feel-good catch phrase, “Wil, You’re just not right for our band INXS.” More positive energy ensued as Wil told INXS that he was glad they were doing this and wished them the best. To which, INXS replied, “just because you’re not right for INXS doesn’t mean you’re not a great talent in your own right.” INXS then called Wil over for handshakes and hugs.
An interesting side note is that at least it looks like there will be no VoteFortheWorst.com surprises in the Rock Star: INXS voting. VotefortheWorst.com had thrown their support behind the now eliminated Wil Seabrook.