Inside "Rock Star: INXS"

1. Dave Navarro is kinda tiny. We met him backstage in L.A. and were surprised to see we towered over him. He may have muscles, but he's still petite.

2. INXS gives a lot of thought to whom they'll send home on Wednesdays. When we were there for Ty's elimination, it took the band at least 30 minutes to deliberate off stage.

3. Ty's tears are real. When we interviewed the rocker after he was told he's "just not right" for INXS, he shed genuine tears at having to go home.

4. The "Rock Star" contestants have to wake up around 4:30 a.m. for the taping of Wednesday elimination shows in order to choose their outfit, go through hair and makeup, practice, do sound checks, etc.

5. Mark Burnett's not just a name on the credits. The creator and executive producer was around when we were in L.A. last week, and he told us backstage we came on a great week for Marty. (That was in Week 8, when Marty learned he started off in the bottom three, but quickly gained more votes than the final bottom three combined.)

6. When the bottom three are told to sing INXS songs for survival, they really do have to jump into action. The contestants learn the back catalog in preparation of whatever song the band throws their way; they then have about 30 seconds until the band starts playing.

7. During a taping break in Week 8, Marty said that if he doesn't get chosen to lead INXS, he'll definitely go back to leading his Chicago band, The Lovehammers. When an audience member asked what other band he'd like to lead, he answered Velvet Revolver.

8. The guys from INXS are really nice. We ran into them backstage before taping began, and we must say, that had we been called back following our audition at Schubas, we would have been proud to work with these Aussies.

9. Mig's a man who's not afraid to show his emotions. Sure, we've all seen him shed a few tears on elimination night, but they're not just for the camera. He was truly broken up when we saw him after Ty was sent home.

10. The house band really is hot! These guys have played with some huge headliners on their own, but as a new band they totally rock. And when we met lead guitarist Rafael backstage, all we have to say is that this Brazil native is smokin' in more ways than one.

Karen Budell is the metromix nightlife producer.Originally published Sept. 7, 2005.

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