Lukas Rossi, the winner of ''Rock Star: Supernova,'' opens up to Gary Susman about the new band's plans, his sometimes testy relationship with his rivals, and his unique look

Rock Star: Supernova
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Was it his growling vocals, his swaggering self-confidence, or his Goth hair and eye makeup? Maybe it was all of these that led veteran rockers Tommy Lee, Gilby Clarke, and Jason Newsted to choose Lukas Rossi to front their new band. The 29-year-old from Toronto advanced past fellow finalists Magni, Toby, and finally Dilana to claim the frontman gig during Wednesday’s finale of Rock Star: Supernova. Next up for Lukas: recording the band’s album, due in November, and headlining its North American tour in January and February. First, though, he phoned to talk about his victory, his style, and what viewers didn’t see on the show.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congratulations, Lukas! How was the after party?
Good times last night, man. Got to see everybody that was on the show, friends and family. It was really dope, man.

What would you have done if you didn’t win?
I was never thinking of that, man, to be honest. I was always trying to keep focused on winning.

How did you get started as a professional musician?
Back in the day, we started a band with a couple of guys that lived a couple doors down, and we just kept doing it and doing it and got better and better. I just couldn’t do anything else, man. I was just enthralled in writing and performing.

Last year’s Rock Star winner, J.D. Fortune, was a Canadian like you. What is it about rockers from the Great White North?
I think it’s just coincidence, man. There’s a lot of talent in Canada. It’s really cool. We’re a force to be reckoned with, I guess, man.

What part of the next few months of recording and touring are you looking forward to the most?
Performing every night, man, playing with the boys on stage.

What will you do when the tour is over?
Don’t know yet, man. I guess just continue writing.

Your song ”Headspin” certainly helped you win. Did you write it specifically for the show?
I wrote it about a year ago, man.

Who owns the copyright, you or the show’s producers?
I believe I do. It’s going to be on the record, too, man. Very cool.

Now that an injunction by the ’90s punk band Supernova may keep the Rock Star band from touring or recording music under that name, have you and the others decided yet on a new name?
That’s still in discussion. It’s all legal stuff. I don’t deal with that stuff. We don’t know yet if we have to change it or not, but I’m sure that’ll be a decision for all of us if that’s the case.

Despite their backgrounds in metal bands, the members of Supernova seem to be trying for a non-metallic rock style. How would you describe the sound Supernova is trying for?
It’s definitely different, man. It’s got all of our tastes in it. It’s hard to put a thumb on it. It’s just rock & roll, man.

What’s most surprising about your three new bandmates?
Considering all the success they’ve had in their lives, they could have egos and that, but they’re genuinely cool guys. Everyone should know that. They’re juggernauts of the industry, and it hasn’t changed them at all. That’s really hard to do, and I respect them for that.

You’ve become well known for your personal fashion choices. How much of that was you and how much the show’s stylists?
That was all me, man. Except that I didn’t have to buy all the makeup and that. They kind of had it. And I was like, ”Right on, cool.”

How long does it take you to do your hair?
I don’t know, man. It depends on what side of the bed I wake up on. Good hair day, bad hair day.

The show also depicted a lot of friction among the contestants at the mansion where they housed you, especially between Dilana and some of the guys, including you. Was that real or created in the editing room?
It was all real, man. We’re all adults, and we get over it. We understood that we’re not here for the drama; we’re just here to audition for the band. It was quickly put aside.

Which of your competitors did you become closest to?
Definitely Toby, man. He’s my best friend. He’s a naturally genuine, nice guy. He’s really cool to hang out with. There’s never an awkward moment. He’s extremely talented and fun to be around.

Will you remain close now that it’s over?
Oh, for sure. I think he’s coming on the tour with us, man.

Are there others you’re close to?
Magni. Even Dilana, man. Me and her, we kind of had friction at times. It’s hard being in that house, being under cameras and all that. We put it all aside and realized we’re only human, man. Might as well make the best of it. She’s a good cat.

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