Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center, February 2, 2007

 

Written and photos by: Jason Perlman

 

Okay, a quick quiz. Who looks like George Clinton and sounding like Janis Joplin and made a splash on national television by not winning or wanting to win the show's contest she appeared? The answer should be easy for anyone who watches network television. It is Dilana, and with only 25 minutes to play as the second of four acts on the Supernova tour, she perhaps made the biggest impact on the audience.

 

At the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio, Dilana opened her set with a wooing rendition of Chris' Isaak's classic hit, Wicked Games. Although her colored dreadlocks and black attire that would make Amy Lee of Evanescence jealous may appear to contrast with the soulful track, somehow Dilana was able to mesh the two styles together and force them to partner well together. With fellow finalist Magni playing alongside her on stage, Magni blended his talents well with Dilana and was more than impressive not just in playing and vocals, but in allowing Dilana to have her spotlight. The duo set a course of the night with Wicked Games, but the following song was perhaps the best as Dilana sang her own material with Holiday.

Although Dilana struck the chords well with Wicked Games, it was when she bellowed her own material that her heart really seemed to fall into the music as well. Holiday is a song mixed with sensuality, brutality and honesty. Written about the time after Supernova, Dilana takes a sincere and candid approach to her brief television time and took it about as seriously as a Seinfeld episode. Although the song it slated for release as a single, Holiday seems to sum up most of what Dilana has to offer. Showing off various vocal stylings, Dilana seemed to put all of herself into this song as she shows off a more bluesy-rock side that wasn't as evident on the show as she seemed to stick with a much more subdued, disheartened songs during the show's run.

During Wicked Games, Dilana remained seated with acoustic guitar strapped to her body like a soldier carries their machine gun; a third appendage attached at the hands. But once she got up to sing Holiday, Dilana seemed to take a turn and command attention from those showing up early enough to catch her set. By taking the stroll along the stage and slapping hands with those against the barricade, Dilana broke the barrier of star and fan, so for the rest of the set there was an intimacy that otherwise would not have been there.

Dilana also delighted the crowd with Every Breath You Take by The Police, which was played for the first time on tour and even had Tommy Lee's drum tech Stevo brought out the brushes to do his best Stuart Copeland imitation.

In her brief time on stage in Columbus, Dilana proved she had the talent to become a success on her own. Dilana also showed that her fit with Supernova would have been a disaster waiting to happen as she emits an aura of conviction and truthfulness that would not have meshed with a band based on marketing its talents versus expressing them.

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