Chemistry
November 19, 2017 7:35 AM   Subscribe

J'Dess and Chris Rio do battle on The Voice Nigeria. [SLYT]
posted by clawsoon (12 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Why is the original credited to Westlife? ptooey
posted by KateViolet at 8:43 AM on November 19 [2 favorites]


I hope people watch all the way to the end, even though I forgot to mention that.
posted by clawsoon at 9:42 AM on November 19


Why is the original credited to Westlife? ptooey

Right? They seem to have adapted into a duet a five-part harmony boy band version of a song that was already a duet to begin with, and in so doing, made the harmonies...not great. The original is wayyyyyyyy tighter, with the higher voice singing the lead. More sexual tension, too.
posted by Sys Rq at 10:01 AM on November 19 [1 favorite]


Is there some context that we should know about? I don't watch these shows, but this doesn't seem like a "battle". Is there more to this than a well-sung duet?
posted by jonathanhughes at 11:34 AM on November 19 [1 favorite]


I generally despise this overplayed song.

I generally despise this show in the US (my wife and son watch it religiously).

...but GODDAMN! These two have got "it."
posted by kuanes at 11:55 AM on November 19 [1 favorite]


Beautiful voices, and they did have great chemistry.

But they were burdened with an absolutely crap song. It's just impossible for anyone to make that song enjoyable.
posted by yesster at 12:58 PM on November 19 [1 favorite]


Thanks for the link, it was really sweet. The key to appreciate this program is maybe to watch its instantiation in another country than your own.
posted by nicolin at 1:15 PM on November 19


jonathanhughes: Is there some context that we should know about? I don't watch these shows, but this doesn't seem like a "battle".

At the end of the song, one of them is going to continue on in the contest, and the other one is going to be sent home. There will be a winner and a loser. The scenario is set up to be as emotionally fraught as possible: Your job, as a singer, is to crush the other singer's hopesanddreams while making beautiful music with them. In this one, though, something else seems to be happening.
posted by clawsoon at 1:32 PM on November 19 [2 favorites]


The key to appreciate this program is maybe to watch its instantiation in another country than your own.

I went through a phase where I put the Voice France on in the background while doing other work. I justified it to myself as French practice.

Also Mika is totally adorable.
posted by invokeuse at 1:48 PM on November 19 [1 favorite]


KateViolet: Why is the original credited to Westlife?

Attribution is a funny thing, isn't it? I'm not familiar with the history of this song, so I'll ask: Is this credit closer to crediting Whitney Houston (instead of Dolly Parton) with "I Will Always Love You", or is it closer to crediting Guns 'n' Roses (instead of Bob Dylan) with "Knockin' On Heaven's Door"? In other words, is the Westlife recording one of those times when the cover becomes the definitive version, or is it one of those times when the cover is just a cover?
posted by clawsoon at 6:14 PM on November 19


That was utterly charming.
posted by congen at 8:48 PM on November 19


You know how Japanese TV sometimes has the pic-in-pic boxes of the commentators watching what's going on live with the viewers? Yeah, I wanted two little boxes with each of their significant others in the corners looking really worried about what was brewing up on stage between those two.
posted by GamblingBlues at 4:17 AM on November 20 [1 favorite]


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