Well, I guess MiG had a point, didn't he? They did like the bad-boy image JD brought, but they also like that he's a nice guy underneath. I love the quotes I bolded!
REVERSAL OF FORTUNE
Rock Star:INXS chooses the enigmatic bad boy
by edwin p. sallan
In the end, The Devil Inside was still what INXS needed.
And no matter how many of us were actually rooting for him, we all knew our very own Mig Ayesa wasn’t The One when the Australian-raised Pinoy just couldn’t bring out the dark side that INXS wanted from him during the last two weeks of Star World’s Rock Star: INXS.
While American Marty Casey was a totally different case study, the brooding, serious persona that he exuded during the last few weeks of the competition was simply too dark and too alternative for a band that is already too successful to reinvent itself all over again.
In the end, J.D. Fortune, the bad boy from Nova Scotia, Canada was exactly what’s right for INXS.
Because no matter what INXS says about moving forward and leaving the past behind, neither these guys nor their fans are really willing to forget everything they had with the late Michael Hutchence. Even though the band tried to be politically correct by stating at the start of the competition that they’re open to the idea of a lead singer from any race, color or gender, somehow we all knew that they’ll eventually go with someone who’s closest to their ill-fated lead singer.
And it’s obvious right from the start that J.D. is that person. From his get-go performance of Lenny Kravitz’s version of the Guess Who’s "American Woman" in the show’s pilot episode (where he grabbed the hair of a girl in the audience to suggest oral sex), he was a contestant to watch for. By the second week he was already a marked man when he drew the ire of the other finalists by saying that "while they’re learning INXS songs, I know them because I love them."
But as bad as he looked in the eyes of his competitors and their respective fans, he also looked very good in the eyes of INXS, co-host Dave Navarro and his own fans, who grew by the legion as the weeks went by. "You seem to be the singer with the most focus on the prize," noted INXS bassist Garry Beers in an early episode. Dave Navarro put things in perspective when he addressed the others, "I know music is about love, art, sharing and creativity, but the reality is this is a competition. While some of you are trying out for a band, J.D. is trying out for this band."
And while J.D.’s idea of being competitive did not exactly endear him to the rest of the playing field and has, in fact, established him as the reality show’s resident villain, he has to his credit, never ceased to be entertaining as he always found a way to showcase his talents. Performance-wise, he wasn’t always consistent. He can be electrifyng one week with a show-stopping reworking of The Mamas & The Papas’ "California Dreamin’," or Joe Cocker’s "The Letter," then go down in flames the next with his near-disastrous reading of Queen’s "We Are The Champions," or his less than memorable acoustic take on the Rolling Stones’ "As Tears Go By."
J.D.’s rollercoaster ride in Rock Star: INXS is reflective of his own real-life struggles. This is what his bio on the show’s official site at MSN.com says: "Despite being only 31 years old, J.D. Fortune has already experienced enough for a lifetime’s worth of song lyrics. From fronting a rock band to joining the Army, performing before stadium crowds to living in his car and even making a living as an Elvis impersonator."
Ups and downs are therefore nothing new for this 31-year old certified Rock Star. In a team songwriting clinic where the team he belonged to lost by default simply because of his refusal to work within the team dynamics, J.D. still managed to impress INXS with his own songwriting ability and came out with the best lyrics to a melody already composed by keyboardist Andrew Fariss. Those lyrics would later turn out to be the sum of "Pretty Vegas," the song J.D. performed with riveting passion on a night when everyone was asked to do an original song.
J.D.’s propensity for causing discord and mischief in the Rock Star mansion has his detractors believing that INXS is courting disaster by choosing him as their frontman. The band is fully aware of this, though, and surprisingly does not really take this against him.
"‘You got to hand it to him. He definitely has lead-singer quality, doesn’t he? He looks like trouble," remarked drummer Jon Fariss in an earlier interview.
"He has come from a harder life than most of them probably. He was homeless and now is living in a mansion with a whole bunch of singers fighting for a place in the band," said Garry Beers in the same interview. "The girls and all the kids at home love him because he has a dangerous quality. But he’s a good guy, he’s got his eye on the prize, is focused and passionate about what he wants to do, and we ARE his favorite band of all time."
After giving J.D. the keys to INXS’ future, Tim Fariss also has this to say about their band’s new voice: "J.D. has a slightly dangerous edge and will bring a sense of spontaneity to our live show. In addition, he has both the star quality we were looking for and is an inspired lyricist. I think he’ll grow with us on all levels. We’re a complete band once again."
J.D. Fortune is aware that he has big shoes to fill. "As far as filling the legacy that is Michael Hutchence, I’m ready for a lot of backlash," he told the Canadian National Post. "You need to cut your own stone, though, because no one is replacing him.