How reality TV is replacing dead rock stars -- INXS and TLC, who lost Michael Hutchence and Lisa ''Left Eye'' Lopes, respectively, are using TV shows to find new members

By Raymond Fiore
July 16, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Anointing new pop stars is SOOO last year. (Apologies, Ryan Seacrest — on second thought, not really.) Get ready for a more disturbing trend: televised replacement searches for dead pop stars. A pair of upcoming reality TV shows will set out to fill the shoes of gone-too-soon singers from once-chart-topping groups. ”Survivor” mastermind Mark Burnett’s summer 2005 show for CBS will scour the globe for a singer to replace INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, who died of an apparent suicide in 1997. And Fox Television Studios is close to striking a network deal with R&B ladies TLC for a series chronicling their search to replace the inimitable Lisa ”Left Eye” Lopes, who was killed in a 2002 car accident. P. Diddy might call it ”Resurrecting the Band.”