Once again, I find myself being sucked into the new season of X Factor, primarily because its US counterpart (American Idol) has become such a pitiful shell of its former self. While the X Factor tryout episodes are just as annoying at times as the US tryouts are, every once in a while you get a glimpse of talent so unexpected that it blows you away. Such is the case with 16-year-old Cher Lloyd, who blew the judges and live audience away with her performance of Keri Hilson’s cover of “Turn My Swag On”. To give some context, here’s the video for Keri’s take on the Soulja Boy original:
And then check out Cher’s intro and performance. This, my friends, is why I love the talent shows. Despite the fact that Cher is modeling her style and choreography off of Keri’s performance, she is a natural-born performer.
Honestly, I could watch that over and over and over again. If ever there was an example of someone having an X Factor, it’s Cher. Next stop is boot camp, and it has to be all but a given that she’s going to make it onto the main competition. If you watched the end of the audition video, you would swear that Cheryl was plotting some diabolical plan to steal either Cher’s talent or her soul. I haven’t decided which yet.
As for Keri Hilson, she should have an album coming out soon, although her release dates bounce around quite a bit if her debut CD is any indication. Idolator posted a new track called “Still a Girl”, and while Robbie likened the sound to TLC, I hear a LOT of Gabrielle’s “Dreams” in the backing track. Solid album cut, although I don’t think it has hit potential, but it’s an interesting direction for her. You have to wonder if “Turn My Swag On’ will end up on the new record, but in the meantime you can pick up the remix version of Soulja Boy’s track with Keri singing the hook at Amazon MP3 or iTunes.
What the heck…let’s close this out with a Gabrielle flashback. Rumor has it she is coming out with a new album in the near future.
After a wintry start to the week here in Denver, it’s a pretty glorious mid-winter day, with temps well above average, and bright sunny skies to reflect off of the leftover snow. All you really need on a day like this is some good music in the car, and if you know me, you KNOW I’ve got that covered!
– Paulo Nutini “10/10” – Every time that this song comes up on Radio 1, I instantly turn up the radio and start beating my steering wheel into submission. There’s just something so upbeat and positive about this song that I can’t imagine how you would be mad about anything while listening to it. And in the “what did he say” category, I honestly thought he was singing “can’t get out of debt” for the first 20 or so times I heard the song.
– Cheryl Cole “Parachute” – Okay, I concede defeat. “3 Words” had some of the lamest lyrics of 2009, and “Fight For This Love” had a brilliant track with a limp vocal delivery, so I figured that Cheryl Cole would not make it to single #3. Oh, how wrong I was! “Parachute” is the first good song that Cheryl has released that matches her good-but-not-great voice. Look for this one to make it three in a row for Ms. Cole in the UK Top 10 within a couple of weeks (it debuted at #46 this week), and if Jay-Z and will.i.am have their way, wait for the inevitable US release as well. [Ed. note – it appears that Ne-Yo is on the bandwagon as well]
– Jason DeRulo “In My Head” – There are songs that grow on you, and then there are ones that smack you upside the head and demand that you love them instantly, and “In My Head” earns the respect it demands. The production is a bit more stripped than many of its counterparts, and for the first time in a long time, I catch myself wondering what this song would sound like live. I could see a band just rocking out to the chorus on this track.
– Jay Sean “Do You Remember” – I already issued my mea culpa for sleeping on “Down“, but that hasn’t been an issue with Jay Sean’s follow-up. He may have Sean Paul (sounding more inspired than he did on his own recent release that died a quick death) and Lil’ Jon (continuing his slide away from gettin’ crunk) on the track, but Jay has found a successful formula, and he’s already taken his second trip into the Top 10 with “Do You Remember”.
Popjustice posted a pretty brilliant remix of Mini Viva’s “I Wish” today, and I listened to it several times this morning as I was getting ready for work. One of the great things about YouTube videos is that they also show you related videos, and through this I discovered a live performance of “I Wish” from September. Witness the fun for yourself, and let me know what you think.
1. The girls can sing, can’t they?
2. Despite what some other bloggers might think, they are pretty cute.
3. A dance-pop group with a backing band? Revolutionary, I tell ya!
4. I want to hear the full version of this on a dancefloor, STAT!
In a somewhat related note, I heard a remix of Cheryl Cole’s “Fight For This Love” in a bar over the weekend. Pretty brilliant in that form, I must say.