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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

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.''

Originally posted Jul 16, 2004 Published in issue #774 Jul 16, 2004 Order article reprints