Wednesday, 19 December 2012

[Watch] 2012 Vh1 Divas Donna Summer Tribute



Disco legend Donna Summers was remembered at the 2012 VH1 Divas Live concert with a medley of her greatest hits. Having the honour of performing said classics fell to Divas Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson and -honorary diva- Adam Lambert.

The tribute was opened by Destiny's Child alumni Kelly Rowland, and though she may have been present and accounted for during "Bad Girls", her voice certainly was not. I've never heard her sound this bad. Her runs were off, she was out of time in places, and her voice was missing the power and the flexibility that she demonstrated during her Mariah Carey tribute back in February [here]. I have no idea what was going on here, but when Keri Hilson sounds better than you, you've got a problem.

Next up was (afore mentioned) Kerri Hilson singing ( my theme tune) "She Works Hard For The Money". Before we get into that, what was up with the campness? Yes, Donna Summer was a gay icon, but she was much bigger than that. The men dancing in silver tinfoil was just tacky and cheap. But back to Keri, her vocals were also weak (in power), and nowhere near that of the great Donna Summer, but I wasn't expecting much from her. At least she was in tune and her delivery was pleasant.

Last to the hit the stage was the ever-flamboyant Adam Lambert and his take on "Hot Stuff". As well as bringing more men in tight clothing to the party, he was the only one who brought the vocals. It wasn't the best rendition of the song, but it was practically life giving when compared to what the other two were serving.

The trio then combined their powers for "Last Dance", and it just so happens Adam Lambert wasn't done schooling his fellow Divas, hitting an incredibly F5 at 4.42. The same note Donna herself hit! But it couldn't save the tribute, and overall the lack of chemistry between the singers, the shambolic staging, and the less than stellar line-up made this a disappointing tribute to a great lady.




Note to Kelly Rowland: we all know about the beef between your girl Beyonce and Keri Hilson but you should have put that aside in memory of Donna Summer. Not only were your vocals bad-in fact the worst out of the  trio- but you came off a clown with your attempts at shading her. Keep it professional next time.

19 comments:

  1. Ok.....I am dissapointed with Kelly....She needs to rep team Mezzzo better then this....Beyonce can't pull the weight all the times...lol And I don't like sopranos so I refuse to compliment Keri......And for Adam...I'm jealous....

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  2. haha adam was the only diva there...

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  3. I always liked how Adam could sing well, but his theatricality and his rocker edge super mixes put me off. Which is odd since im a sucker for upper octave notes! Idk...he just makes me feel repulsed when watching him live. Like his tribute to Madonna. Worst performance of the night. He took my favorite Madonna song (ray of light) and made it into a rock synth pop song. Adding vibrato where it wasnt needed- using shrill belts instead of the short phrasing needed for the song- it was just too much. Maybe thats why I dont like Adam. hes always over the top- in a bad way.

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  4. #teamMezzo?? Lol. That's not something I've ever heard!

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  5. lets be honest here....adam stole the show vocally, keri i love you girl but you certainly dont have the power needed for a dona song and kelly...well ur just kelly as per usual
    http://cdn0.dailydot.com/uploaded/images/original/2012/5/20/Herc_is_Disappointed.gif

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  6. I need to check out that ' ray of light' performance! He's kinda like Christina for me, in that he can over sing when he goes live. I was actually going to comment on that in regards to the way he ended 'hot stuff' ! Its just lucky for him his technique is better!

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  7. I made up #teamMezzo and #teamContralto.....And I'm a die hard for #teamContralto....lol Jazmine Sullivan is team captain BTW...

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  8. I am at a loss how this can be called a tribute. Other than that they were orginally Donna Summer tunes I heard nothing reminiscent of Donna. Nor do such poor performances reflect respect, admiration or affection.

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  9. Then Kelly Clarkson is the clear ambassador for #teamsoprano ;)

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  10. How many teams shall we have? Will we have male classes, too? I wonder if some of us can compete. *pulls out popcorn for the show* LOL.

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  11. I know I couldn't compete but I feel I'd be perfect as a judge! ;-D

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  12. Indeed. You'll definitely be on the judging panel for sure! LOL

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  13. keep adam put in nicole scherzinger and Jinnifer hudson would have been off the chain instead of whatever this was

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  14. I must say I agree

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  15. #teambassbaritone

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  16. That's cool. You and Brian are on the same side. We should definitely organize little teams. #teamcountermezzo for me.

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