September 03, 2006 11:01 PM by Joe Blackmon
Survivor would not be Survivor without Jeff Probst. American Idol would not be American Idol without Simon Cowell. Amazing Race would not be Amazing Race without Phil Keoghan. There are times when a host or judge for a reality show becomes such an integral part of the show that viewers cannot imagine the show without them. This season Dave Navarro has taken on that role with Rock Star.
During the first season of Rock Star, the show struggled initially. Reviews from critics (including us) were not very good. Rumors ran rampant that the show would be canceled before completing its season. The INXS judges and host Dave Navarro were bashed over being too nice and offering up boring feedback to the contestants.
However, CBS stuck with the show and that turned out to be the right move. The show started to get much better as the season progressed, thanks in large part to some inspired performances by the rock singers. The shocking transformation of J.D. Fortune from reality TV bad boy to lead singer of INXS also proved to be one of the greatest reality TV stories of the year.
Dave Navarro steadily improved in his hosting capacity during the first season of Rock Star. However, it wasn’t until this season that Navarro really started to define the show. Navarro has slowly gone from an average host to a good host to a great host to a fantastic host. Just like many of the singers that compete on Rock Star, Navarro has grown more comfortable in his role and gotten better as the show has progressed.
The defining moment for Dave Navarro this season came when Jill Gioia, wearing a white dress and clutching roses, argued with Navarro that her performance of “Violet” was not a Courtney Love impersonation and was her on interpretation. Navarro fired back, “Well if you get the album that song is on then I believe it’s Courtney Love with a bouquet of roses and a white dress, but never the less.” In that one moment, Navarro made it clear that if any of the contestants tried to blow smoke in his face then he was going to call their ass out.
Ever since that moment, Dave Navarro has been offering feedback that has been supportive when necessary, critical when called for, and at many times laugh out loud hilarious. Like all great reality TV judges and hosts, Navarro has developed the ability to put the show on his back and carry it forward and make it a more interesting and entertaining show.
The other way that Dave Navarro is helping to define the show is through his blog on 6767.com. While it’s not uncommon for judges and hosts of reality competitions to have blogs, most of them tend to be network sponsored and heavily controlled. Dave Navarro does his own thing on 6767.com, and it shows that he’s not afraid to speak his mind. It is Dave Navarro’s real feedback and interaction with the fans that is helping to take Rock Star to the next level.