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"Rock Star" Runner-Up Making The Best Of Second Place

Of the Oakland Press

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Dilana Robichaux did not win CBS’ “Rock Star: Supernova” reality show last year. But she’s finding that losing is not so bad.

The eclectic rock singer, who goes by her first name, is still getting to tour as an opening act for the supergroup, which features Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, as well as contest winner Lukas Rossi. She also sings a new version of the song “Black” for Clarke’s self-titled greatest hits album, which came out Tuesday.

And she’s gearing up to record a new album that will certainly benefit from the raised profi le on TV.

“I have absolutely no regrets,” says Dilana, who was born in South Africa and moved to Houston in 2001 with her exhusband. “That was exactly what I needed to launch my career. A lot of people know who I am now, which was my goal.

“Now I just have to make sure people know I’m not just an artist from some cheesy TV show and I am out there. That’s important to me.”

The question lingers, of course, about whether Dilana or any of “Rock Star’s” other female contestants really had a chance to win. She says that she went in thinking there was no shot at all, but as the competition went on, she allowed herself a bit more hope.

“Gilby made a comment at the end of one of the shows, ‘Y’know, Dilana, I think there is a possibility a chick could front this band,’ ” she recalls. “That’s when I thought maybe the wheels have turned. But as time went on, it was pretty obvious Tommy Lee was already in love with Lukas and there was no hope for anyone else.

“Looking back, what an idiot I was to think they might (pick a woman). Maybe it was a little too scary for them. Maybe we seemed a little too powerful to them. I love saying that!”

Dilana performs with Rock Star Supernova and Panic Channel at 7:30 p.m. Monday (Feb. 5) at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $39.50-$45. Call (313) 471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.

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