September 19, 2005 11:03 PM by Joe Blackmon
Even though Rock Star: INXS got off to a slow start in the ratings, it has heated up during recent weeks, and the finale should pull in big ratings. We’re actually looking forward more to the Rock Star: INXS finale than we are to the Big Brother 6 finale, which wasn’t the case in the initial weeks of both shows. Unlike Big Brother 6, where the most popular contestants are already gone, the three remaining rock singers all have their own large fan followings.
We actually like all three of the final singers, so no matter who wins, we won’t be too disappointed. However, here is how we break down the singers and their chances.
Early rumors suggested that MiG Ayesa was already destined to be INXS’ next lead singer. MiG seemed to have the largest fan base coming into the competition. MiG’s extensive fan base even kept him out of the bottom three until the very end of the competition. MiG comes across as the nicest guy in the competition, and he would certainly mesh well with the band members of INXS. MiG has everything going for him, except a popular original song that could be used as the band’s first release with its new lead singer. If INXS picks MiG, then INXS will have to hope that they can write a hit song together, and our prediction is that they won’t take that chance. The last couple weeks of repetitive encores of “Trees” and “Pretty Vegas” have already foreshadowed that MiG will not be selected.
Marty Casey is probably the best singer in the competition. He is also an audience favorite, having been the only rock singer to avoid the bottom three in the final viewer vote. Marty’s original song “Trees” is a hit song and would do well as a first release. However, “Trees” is distinctly Marty’s song and doesn’t sound like an INXS song. Marty also doesn’t sound like an INXS lead singer, as the band has repeatedly criticized his tendency to scream some of the lyrics to songs. Also, if INXS selects Marty, then how long is Marty going to be satisfied singing old INXS songs to please the crowds on tour. Marty seems destined to become a great artist in his own right, and we could see him butting heads with INXS over the band’s direction. If INXS selects Marty, then we would not be surprised if the relationship only lasts for one album before band and lead singer go their separate ways. Our prediction is that INXS will recognize the risk for an embarrassing future break-up and will not select Marty.
At first, J.D. Fortune seems like an unlikely choice. J.D. doesn’t have the rock star good looks of MiG Ayesa or the powerful voice of Marty Casey. However, what J.D. does have is a good fit with the band INXS. J.D. Fortune and INXS need each other. While Marty Casey is probably going to wind up with a record deal regardless of if he is selected by INXS, J.D. Fortune’s outlook is much more cloudy without INXS. J.D. needs INXS to more fully develop and become a star. J.D. also seems to almost relish singing old INXS songs. Unlike with Marty, J.D. would probably have no problems singing old INXS favorites on tour for many, many years to come. J.D. also has a hit song in “Pretty Vegas.” Even more importantly, J.D. used music written by INXS for his song, which boosts the band’s ego that they had a part in the creation of the song. This was a key move by J.D. because it shows the band that J.D. will work with them and not overshadow them or try to go off and do his own thing. Our prediction is that J.D. Fortune will be just right for INXS.
The Rock Star: INXS finale airs on Tuesday, September 20, 2006 at 10P.M. ET on CBS.