If you’re watching Rock Star Supernova, then good for you. You are undoubtedly watching the best show this summer. I find that this season’s bunch is superior to last year’s talent and better than most of who or what American Idol has churned out. Don’t get me wrong — American Idol is still the finest reality talent show there is — after all, what AI has, over and above all other shows, is its regular stable of characters who continue to entertain: from the inane judges to the quick-witted, affable host. On the other hand, what Rock Star has is actual talent, unless of course you are not a rock music fan (rock music in this case covers everything that was at one point edgy or cool throughout the years), in which case you can knock yourself out with repeated auditions of “Sugarpie Honeybunch” and “I Have Nothing” over at FOX.
I’ve also been watching “So You Think You Can Dance?”, which is produced by one of American Idol’s co-producers, Nigel Lythgoe. He claims of course that this dancing contest has been besting the ratings for the summer season. Yeah right… I can’t believe this show is actually kicking Rock Star’s butt. Sure it’s fun as well, but does America really prefer watching the tango and quickstep over some crazy ass cover of Creep or even 867-5309? Could it be because Benji Schwimmer has attracted vast legions of Claymates to the show? Just to get this straight: Benji is the swing dancer while Clay is the pop artist who emerged from American Idol Season 2 some eons ago. Apparently Benji is a Clay Aiken doppelganger. Let’s see if he triumphs over Travis. That said, the girls in the show are toast. Wonder if I’ll eat my words after this week?
As for Rock Star, there’s one contestant there who captured my attention with his vocal and piano rendition of Losing My Religion a couple of weeks ago. He comes across as a cross between George Clooney and Adam Sandler.
Except without the personality. Sigh. I wish he’d loosen up a little and engage in a little more banter with the judges and Mr. Red Hot Chili Pepper himself (Dave Navarro). Ryan, dude, smile a little will you? The girls would love it. And do us a favor, don’t get kicked off yet.