Rock Star winner J.D. Fortune broke and jobless

J.D. FortuneJ.D. Fortune, the singer from Mississauga who won the 2005 CBS reality contest Rock Star: INXS to become lead singer for the internationally known band, is broke after being fired from the group last year. “I was in an airport in Hong Kong and literally got handshakes of ‘thank you very much,'” Fortune, whose real name is Jason Dean Bennison, told Entertainment Tonight Canada. “I found myself really alone because I had travelled with these guys for 23 months.” Fortune believes he was let go because of his heavy drug and alcohol use. Since then, he claims he’s clean and sober, stating on his website, “It’s been a long time between drinks.” He’s recorded a solo album, The Death of a Motivational Speaker, which he calls “my comment on how long and how many of us are ‘YES PEOPLE’ – afraid to upset or offend; we find ourselves chipping away at the sacred thing that lives in our hearts…our word.” The album is scheduled to be released this year, but in the meantime, he’s living in his car, when he’s not bunking with friends. “I don’t know where I am going, from sofa to sofa, from night to night. I am trying to get through my life.”

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  1. Pinprick • February 18, 2009 @ 10:57 AM

    Are we supposed to feel sorry for this guy? His misfortune is a product of his own doing. I feel more sorry for the friends he imposes on.

  2. ahhhhh... • February 18, 2009 @ 6:48 PM

    FINALLY and behind-the-scenes look of reality tv. Maybe people will realize that by watching that crap, you’re doing the network more favours than the participants.

  3. Jo-Anne. • February 18, 2009 @ 7:25 PM

    to have gone so far and then sunk so low…so true again pinprick, it is his own doing

    hopefully he has cleaned up his act and will get on the right path again

    I have never been a fan of reality T.V., stated that many times before, however I do enjoy American Idol when it gets down to the talented few…on the other hand, it amazes me what pathetic shows actually get on the air on Reality T.V…

  4. Coop • February 18, 2009 @ 8:22 PM

    Hard to feel sorry for someone who squanders what may be their one only opportunity, oh and….DEATH TO REALITY TV!!!!…may it die quickly and return us to good old fashioned story telling.

  5. Ray Ray • February 18, 2009 @ 11:04 PM

    Well he can always sell crack to Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

  6. silent bob • February 19, 2009 @ 1:18 AM

    Having known this guy personally, his situation is no surprise. Never a more self-destructive personality have I met.

    He’s come full circle…..but he won’t see my sofa again.

  7. Nancy • February 19, 2009 @ 1:22 AM

    I just can’t believe he screwed up his shot…and took such an opportunity from someone else!

  8. Stacey Smith • February 19, 2009 @ 1:04 PM

    I hope that people give him another chance, he is so talented. I hope that he has learned from his mistakes and finds success on a smaller scale. How many other artists have turned to drugs when they have been thrown into the limelight? He is certainly not the first.

  9. aprilshowers • February 20, 2009 @ 11:38 PM

    I agree with Stacey all the way! There have been drugs and alcohol in rock and roll for years and it will never stop, but he chose to stop and clean up his act, which is more than I can say for a lot of other artists who are still using today!! I was REALLY impressed with the other Canadian guy (his name has momentarily slipped my mind) who won the next season of ROCKSTAR who was on Entertainment Tonight and said for them (E.T.) to tell J.D. that he has an extra room that he was welcome to stay in and a recording studio in his home and that he was welcome to come and live there and record some music with him, very nice gesture and hopefully J.D. who is very talented will take him up on the offer and make a comeback!! Good luck J.D., don’t give up on your dreams!!

  10. Nancy • February 21, 2009 @ 1:34 PM

    Lucas Rossi is probably just as bad if not worse!! I haven’t liked Lucas ever since he won Rockstar Supernova and immediately threw his girlfriend to the curb like trash! And, I mean IMMEDIATELY…like, right there that very night that he won!

  11. aprilshowers • February 25, 2009 @ 5:59 PM


    Why are your comments always SO negative??? Are you normally always this nasty or is it just your nature? Really, you might want to try some anti-depressants as every comment I’ve ever read from you on any blog is NEGATIVE!! Perhpas you’re a drinker or on drugs yourself and need help, so get some!!

  12. Nancy • February 26, 2009 @ 12:22 AM

    That’s BS, aprilshowers! And you know it! I do not always give negative comments…take the Feb 25 Michelle Williams article for instance…what was “negative” in that comment???? And that is just ONE example so, just because I’m not saying what YOU want to hear by giving MY opinion doesn’t mean I am always negative so…shut your mouth about drugs. In fact, please just shut your mouth PERIOD!

  13. Nancy • February 26, 2009 @ 12:25 AM

    Oh, and I made that POSITIVE comment on the Michelle Williams Feb 25 article shortly after 1 pm on the 25th and Tribute’s clock is one hour ahead of my time, so it says 2 something pm…even still, the comment was made before you made the above rude comment to me, so STUFF IT!

  14. lily • February 26, 2009 @ 5:48 PM

    I don’t know about Lucas Rossi and dumping the girlfriend but I did see him on tv with a whole bunch of dogs that he and his new girlfriend or wife have rescued. I mean, like NINE of them. And those dogs were all over Lucas, kissing him and stuff. I always say, dogs and little kids don’t lie — if they like you, it’s proof enough for me that you’re okay!

  15. Nancy • February 27, 2009 @ 11:49 PM

    Hmmm…not trying to be rude lily but, last I checked, little kids make wrong judgements about people all the time and dogs will be faithful to even the meanest most inhumane of owners. You’re entitled to your opinion, I’m just saying that because he is nice to dogs doesn’t make him or anyone else a nice person. I wonder if Charles Manson owned a dog…LOL.

  16. lily • March 1, 2009 @ 8:20 PM

    Yeah, good points Nancy! Guess I should change that to, if little kids and dogs DON’T like you, you must be a REAL creep!
    P.S. Sorry, I still love Lucas Rossi’s voice. Hate how he was a jerk of a boyfriend though!

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