OK, so it's not American Idol. Nothing can take the place of the acerbic Simon Cowell chastizing America's music-aspirational youth week after week.
But Rock Star: INXS is a viable summer guilty pleasure. They're down to six singers, and it's clear that Mig will win the whole thing, earning the chance to record and tour as the frontman for a revitalized INXS.
Last night Mig was the best of the bunch, by far, soaring through "Live and Let Die" with authority. His vocals were dead on and he hit the tough notes with room to spare. The fact that he's from Australia sits heavily in his favor, as INXS hails from Down Under.
Second-best was Suzie, doing justice to an edited-down Bohemian Rhapsody (a la Constantine). Jordis made up for a terrible performance last week with a melodic "Imagine." And Marty, an early favorite to win the whole thing, was mediocre at best with Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here."
Getting the boot tonight will likely be Ty, who did just OK with "You Can't Always Get What You Want" or J.D., who gave an unmemorable performance of Elvis' "Suspicious Minds."
Since INXS band members make the final call, my guess is that Ty is history. He's just not right for the band, INXS.