The premise of Rock Star, a completive music-industry reality series, is that a band or music group seeks to hire a new lead singer from a cast of contestants who have auditioned and been accepted to be on the program. In season one of Rock Star, Australian super group INXS chose contest winner J.D. Fortune as their lead singer. For season two, a new group called Supernova was formed explicitly for the purpose of the reality series. The second season of Rock Star (Rock Star: Supernova) premiered on July 5, 2006 on CBS in the United States.
Rock Star: Supernova operates somewhat like American Idol; however Rock Star’s contestants keep their wardrobe resplendent with leather pants, studded necklaces and skull and crossbones t shirts. Season two of the Rock Star series focuses on the formation of Supernova, a rock super group featuring Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, and former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke. The newly formed Supernova will record an album once the season wraps up, and will begin a world tour sometime in early 2007. Supernova’s first live performance will take place on New Year’s Eve at The Joint, a club at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The show is hosted by Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction and Brooke Burns. It features 15 contestants vying for the lead singer role of Supernova. The series actually began online on the Supernova website on MSN on July 3, 2006 with an internet exclusive episode and then debuted on CBS two days later on July 5, 2006. Votes are allowed on the website or by text message.
During the first season, viewers were able to watch behind the scenes footage on television; however Supernova offers those episodes solely online at the MSN website or through a Verizon subscription.
Each week, contestants perform on one performance episode and one judging episode. During the performance episode, contestants cover songs by artists such as Nirvana, Bon Jovi, The Police and The Who. Each week on the judging episode one finalist is asked to perform an encore of the song they performed the night before. The three finalists with the lowest votes are asked to perform a song of their choice in front of the judges and the audience. Occasionally one finalist is chosen to debut a new Supernova sing with the members of the group. The weekly elimination of one contestant is based on both performances.