CBS reveals the identities of its 'Rock Star: Supernova' contestants
By Reality TV World staff, 06/23/2006
CBS has revealed the identities of the fifteen singers who will compete in Rock Star: Supernova, this summer's new edition of the Mark Burnett-created Rock Star: INXS reality talent competition that the network aired last summer.
Following its July 5 premiere, a special Thursday broadcast of Rock Star: Supernova's second episode will follow Big Brother 7: All-Stars' July 6 premiere, after which the series will settle into its regularly scheduled Tuesdays at 9PM ET/PT and Wednesdays at 8PM ET/PT time periods.
Similar to last summer's season, Rock Star: Supernova's group of singers features an international cast. In addition to eleven Americans, the cast also includes two Canadians, an Australian, and a singer from Iceland. However, despite Burnett's March comments that unlike other reality talent competitions like American Idol, some of Rock Star's first season finalists would be allowed to once again compete on the show's second season, Rock Star: Supernova's cast does not include any of Rock Star: INXS' competitors. According to The London Free Press, a local newspaper that interviewed Burnett at Rock Star: Supernova's Toronto open casting call, Suzie McNeil, a Toronto singer who finished fourth on Rock Star's first season, was to be among those returning for a second chance.
After Rock Star: Supernova's September finale ends with the band selecting their new lead singer, the group will head into the studio and record a debut album that will be produced by Butch Walker, a songwriter/producer who has previous worked with Avril Lavigne, Pink, Bowling for Soup and Tommy Lee. In Idol-like fashion, the quickly-assembled album is expected to be released sometime in the fall, after which the group will embark on a world tour.
The fifteen performers competing on Rock Star: Supernova are: