September 06, 2006 11:25 PM by Joe Blackmon
For the second week in a row, the Rock Star Supernova judges have made a very controversial elimination. Last week, the judges heaped praise on Ryan Star before sending him home. Ryan Star had been coming on strong in the competition and had even been labeled “the dark horse” by Dave Navarro, so his elimination was a shock to many fans. The studio crowed booed Supernova’s decision, and viewers protested on the Internet.
This week, Supernova once again eliminated a singer who had been coming on strong in recent performances. Dave Navarro had said Storm Large’s original song during the performance show was his favorite original that he’s heard on the whole show. During Storm’s results show performance of “Wish You Were Here,” Jason Newsted was reduced to tears. However, Jason Newsted still told Storm Large that she would be going home to sleep in her own bed.
Did the Rock Star Supernova judges make the right choice? In their defense, they would have likely caught grief no matter who they eliminated. If they had eliminated either Storm Large or Dilana over Ryan Star then they would have been criticized that they just didn’t want a woman leading Supernova. If they had eliminated Lukas Rossi or Dilana over Storm Large, then they would have been criticized that they weren’t considering overall performance since the beginning of the competition.
However, the one thing that is especially disconcerting about the back to back eliminations of Ryan Star and Storm Large is that the judges appear to have gotten rid of the two best songwriters in the competition. On Rock Star INXS, one of the things that helped win the competition for J.D. Fortune was his original song “Pretty Vegas.” The original songs are an important part of Rock Star, and it’s a shame that the show has lost perhaps its two best songwriters.
Given the two recent controversial eliminations by the judges, should Rock Star change the rules next season so that eliminations are completely left up to the viewer vote? There are both advantages and disadvantages to giving the judges the final say in the eliminations. One disadvantage is that if the judges make up their minds early on in the competition, they could keep their favorite singer around for the entire competition and render the viewer vote useless. One advantage of giving the judges the final say is that it limits the risk of a really good singer going home just because they had one off night, which has been known to happen on American Idol. Please post your comments below on if you think Rock Star should put the eliminations solely in the hands of the viewer vote next season.