CBS' next 'Rock Star' to find a lead singer for new Supernova group
By Reality TV World staff, 03/16/2006
Confirming executive producer Mark Burnett's Monday comments, CBS has announced that this summer's second Rock Star edition will look for a lead singer for a new band comprised of former Motley Crüe drummer (and NBC reality show star) Tommy Lee, former Metallica guitarist Jason Newsted, and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke.
Calling themselves Supernova, the trio will follow the same path as first season band INXS, using Rock Star to determine who will be the group's lead singer and then head into the studio to record an album and launch a world tour.
"Last year, doing Rock Star: INXS was the greatest summer job of my life," returning Rock Star co-host Dave Navarro stated. "This year, I'm on the couch with my friends Tommy Lee, Gilby Clarke and Jason Newsted as they choose Supernova's lead singer."
While format of Rock Star's second season will be similar to its first, there will be some small changes. In addition to raising the number of contestants from fifteen to sixteen, each week of Rock Star 2 will also feature guest appearances by other established musicians. "Friends of mine, like Slash, Macy Gray, Moby and Rob Zombie, will join us and throw in their two cents about who should stay and who should go," explained Navarro.
Brooke Burke, Navarro's first season co-host, will also return for Rock Star's second season.
According to Burnett's Monday comments to Toronto's The London Free Press newspaper, Rock Star 2 will also have something else in common with its first season: some of the same contestants. Unlike other reality talent competitions like American Idol, some of Rock Star's first season finalists will be allowed to once again compete on the show's second season. While a list of returning contestants has not been released by CBS, Suzie McNeil, a Toronto singer who finished fourth on Rock Star's first season, will reportedly be among those returning for a chance to front Supernova.
Supernova's debut album, tentatively scheduled to be released in Fall 2006, will be co-written and produced by reigning Rolling Stone "Hot Producer Of The Year" Butch Walker, a songwriter/producer who has previous worked with Avril Lavigne, Pink, Bowling for Soup and Tommy Lee.
"Millions dream of becoming a rock star... our show actually makes that happen," gushed Burnett. "The winner of CBS's Rock Star will not only play in huge stadiums before sold out crowds, they will do it alongside legendary musicians from three of America's biggest, all-time rock bands who have sold a combined total of a quarter of a billion albums: Motley Crüe, Guns N' Roses and Metallica. Fronting Supernova is the ultimate rock ‘n' roll dream and it's about to come true."
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