Miss Arkansas 1994, I’m Telling You To STAHP
Singing isn’t just about getting some notes right. There are some songs that you need to SANG, because they’re all emotional and you gotta come with it. Dreamgirls’ “I am Telling You” ballad is one of them. When Jennifer Holliday sang it on Broadway decades (and at every other gig she’s had then. O__o), you really believed she wasn’t going. And when Jennifer Hudson sings it, you just want to slide her a stool to occupy because you KNOW she ain’t leaving. She’s staying and you’re gonna love her. YOU. ARE. GONNA. LOVE. HER.
I came across a video of Miss Arkansas 1994 (Nicole Bethmann) singing the song for the Miss USA pageant. And this is the worst version of “And I am Telling You” that I’ve ever heard. EVER.
This is so bad. SO. BAD. And I am telling her she shoulda picked another song. LAWD! First, the intro is so bland that I wasn’t convinced it was the same song until about 30 seconds in.
“I AMMMMMM not going.” Miss Arkansas don’t know what struggle is because if she did, she’da found some to pull from for this song. Outchea singing “And I’m Telling You” with the same soul you use for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
When she snatched the mic off the stand, I thought she was bout to go IN and let have too! Nawl. Instead, she hit that random ass high note that ain’t e’em go with nothing. And people were clapping. NO MA’AM! You not gon turn this struggle anthem into a commercial jingle! Too bad Mary J. Blige’s School of Singing Struggle Music wasn’t open then.
Worst version of this song EVER. By the end of her song when she was doing that long drawn out “LOOOOOOOVVVVEEEEEE” I was ready to hit CTRL+ALT+DELETE and just be done with her.
Again, being able to hold a note doesn’t guarantee that you can sing every song! Someone shoulda told their cousin that this was the wrong song selection. Chile, BYE. Bless her heart.
So what do y’all think of Mis Arkansas’ rendition of “And I Am Telling You?”
There’s a post on FlavorWire called “White Women Singing ‘And I Am Telling You.'” And it will slay you.