Picks and Pans Review: Rock Star:Inxs

UPDATED 08/01/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/01/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Mondays, 9:30 p.m. ET; Tuesdays, 10 p.m. ET; Wednesdays, 9 p.m. ET)

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When dreadlocked Jordis Unga strode onstage and ripped into a searing rendition of The Who's "Baba O'Riley," she didn't just kick off another music competition, she outsang four seasons' worth of American Idols. The 15 contestants vying here for a shot at fronting the group INXS (whose singer Michael Hutchence committed suicide in 1997) can all jump-start a crowd, but my favorite is Ty Taylor, who has the perfect mix of ego, charisma, swagger and, most importantly, talent (plus, he's the first guy ever to look cool with a mohawk).

That's why I hope he doesn't win. Cohost Brooke Burke can throw around phrases like "ultimate dream," but singing for a band (average age: 46) more than 15 years removed from their "Devil Inside" heyday is the last thing these hopefuls (average age: 30) should be doing. In reality, the INXS-mates, who vote off one person each week, need these Stars far more than the contestants need them.

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