AMERICA has a new Aussie heart-throb.
Melbourne surfer, carpet store clerk and singer Toby Rand has become the favourite to win the reality TV show Rockstar: Supernova after sending female fans in the US into a frenzy.
Even infamous rocker Tommy Lee, whose sexual exploits have overshadowed his career as a drummer with Motley Crue, is impressed with the way Rand has been making women hyperventilate during the first two weeks of the show.
"The girls love him," Lee said during last week's telecast.
The winner of the reality TV show, which is shot in LA and aired around the world, including Australia, will become the lead singer of Lee's new all-star band, Supernova, which includes Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and Guns 'n Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke.
Rand is one of 13 remaining hopefuls, with two contestants eliminated in the first two weeks of the show.
The 28-year-old blond from St Kilda has made it clear he is up to the challenge of touring the globe with notorious ladies' man Lee.
"It's obvious the girls like you," Lee told Rand after he performed The Killers hit, Somebody Told Me, to a frenzied audience of mostly female fans.
Rand cheekily smiled back and said: "That's lucky, because I like girls".
His rendition of Somebody Told Me was so good Lee asked Rand to do an encore.
Rand, who quit his job at a Melbourne carpet store to pursue his dream of leading Supernova, won his invitation to LA after auditioning with hundreds of other hopefuls in Sydney earlier this year.
Other auditions unearthed 14 contestants, all unknown singers, from the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, South Africa and Iceland.
Each week the contestants sing a song in front of a live audience and viewers from around the world vote.
The three lowest vote getters then stand before Lee, Newsted and Clarke, who critique and then boot one off the show.
Rockstar: Supernova is the series sequel to last year's search to find a singer for the Australian band INXS.
It found Canada's JD Fortune and despite sceptics, revitalised INXS - which had been floundering since the death of lead singer Michael Hutchence.
Rand is well known in the Melbourne music scene for his band Juke Cartel.