Canadians battle on 'Rock Star'

-- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

JENNY GALT - From Vancouver

Unlike Lukas Rossi, Jenny Galt is modest, humble...Canadian. “I don’t feel like I’m a front runner right now,” she said Sunday night back at the Rock Star mansion.

No wonder she’s so Canadian. Galt was born in Montreal, grew up in Ottawa and lives in Vancouver.

On tonight’s show, her rendition of the Incubus song Drive lacks it. The judges didn’t roast her, but they did tell her to stop playing it safe.

“The comments I got...really put a fire under my ass,” she says. “I’m going to make some changes. It’s not going to be little nice Jenny anymore.”

The kick-ass boots she bought on Melrose should help, along with the silver skulls and tiny hand cuffs around her neck, a gift from her boyfriend back home in Vancouver.

Galt says being cooped up in the rambling Rock Star mansion can drive you nuts at times. Cameras are everywhere (except the bathrooms) and there’s never any privacy. “You feel like you’re living in TVland,” she says.

Executive producer Mark Burnett (currently in the Pearl Islands shooting the next Survivor) is an impressive boss, she says, always making with the song and style suggestions.

Who are the front runners? Galt picks fellow Canuck Rossi, South African Dilana Robichaux and Aussie Toby Rand.

Most of her fellow competitors are pretty cool, but there’s one dude she just doesn’t trust: Rossi. “He messes with your head,” she said. “I think maybe Lukas, sometimes when he is feeling insecure, will do certain things that maybe he’ll regret later. He’s a player. He’s absolutely here to play the game. I’ve heard him say he’s not here to make friends.”

Her six years touring with the recently disbanded Cherrybomb brought her to the attention of the show’s producers. She hopes she doesn’t wind up in the bottom three in tomorrow night’s elimination episode but if she does, she plans to let it rip. “I totally need to do something that is way more intense,” she says. Rock Star is not all about the voice, as she is learning. “If Celine Dion put on rock clothes, nobody would buy it,” she says. “I have to keep that in mind.”

LUKAS ROSSI - From Toronto

Luke Rossi isn’t going to let anyone stand in the way of his becoming the lead singer of Supernova — and that includes Jenny Galt.

“There’s only room for one Canadian in this household,” he says.

It’s not personal, it’s just business, baby, says Rossi, 29, who talks like he’s been a rock star his entire life.

“I came here with absolution,” he said Sunday night back at the Rock Star mansion. “I’m going to leave here with absolution. In the meantime, I’ve learned that these people aren’t here because they’ve lost their job. They have a dream, too. I have to respect that.”

Rossi’s no music rookie, having written songs since he was 15. He paid his dues touring with Tea Party, Papa Roach, Edwin, and I Mother Earth and at one time was repped by Canadian Idol judge Zack Werner.

“He’s a great guy, man,” says Rossi. “He supported me when I was a little s--- on the street. Kudos to Zack, man, tell him to cut his hair.”

As for his own hair, Rossi says he’s been sporting the black and white skunk ‘do for about four months. Did he dye it for the show? “I don’t do anything for anything,” he says. “Nobody does my makeup, nobody does my hair. The purple suit and the Pepe LePew is just me, baby.”

He bristled at the suggestion that he’d stolen a page from J.D. Fortune’s aggressive playbook. “Incorrect,” he said. “I’m Lukas, not J.D. I’m comfortable in my own skin.”

Rossi’s rock star stance has rubbed many of his fellow contestants the wrong way. Several said they didn’t trust him. Too bad for them, he says. He’s not trying to make friends, he’s just trying to nail down a pretty cool job.

He’s been burned by friendships in the past and says he’s been striving his whole life to do things others told him he couldn’t do. “Music has been my best friend my whole life,” he says, “because music doesn’t betray you.”

Rossi went to Chaminade High School in north west Toronto. Told I was a Michael Power grad, he gave me a big hug. “A little bit of home — I’m going to twist your nipple,” he said. Guess it was a Chaminade thing.


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