Last night on "X Factor," Emblem3 took a risk by covering the iconic hit, "Hey Jude." Given that judge Demi Lovato once likened them to a "downgraded version of the Jonas Brothers five years ago," it would be interesting to compare Emblem3's performance to the Jonas version.
Emblem 3's Appeal Is a Mystery
Demi finally praised Emblem3 this week, but I'm thinking that it was a strategic move to make nice with Simon Cowell, especially given the rumors about her possibly being fired as an "X Factor" judge.
My gripe with E3 is that they're not believable. I actually enjoyed their performance of "Hey Jude," but only because I was laughing so hard every time Wes' face tried to emote.
The song seemed too big for little brother Keaton, particularly during the "Hey Jude-y Jude-y Jude-y..." part at the end. He sounded like he was struggling to cough up a hairball. Paul McCartney probably threw his TV out the window after that performance.
I don't understand the appeal of E3. These guys are cute, but not cute enough to justify coasting week after week on mediocre vocals. CeCe Frey was an inferior vocalist, but at least she was unique.
Jonas Brothers Cover Is Surprisingly Decent
Despite the JoBros' penchant for butchering classic hits like "Take On Me," their November 2008 cover of "Hey Jude" was surprisingly decent. The JoBros version was much more straightforward and less gimmicky than E3's over-hyped karaoke rendition.
The Jonas cover was more true to the original, showing respect for the original artists. Although the performance was a bit campy, I found it refreshing because it came across as honest and sincere.
And compared to Keaton, Kevin's "Hey Jude-y Jude-y Jude-y" part was much more believable and heartfelt. It's a shame that the Jonas Brothers didn't showcase Kevin's voice more often. He's a better singer than he's given credit for.
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