Hey there, it’s Melanie C. (the karaoke competitor, not the Spice Girl), and taking a role more akin to my day job, I’m guest blogging for the final week of District Karaoke’s regular season.
A rap/country mashup theme was in place for Week Eight, and Liz S. of Sons of Pitches kicked off the night’s solos with the Beastie Boys’ “Intergalactic.” Liz S. utilized the floor space, showing off some intergalactic dancing skills. Brittany T. (Imma Let You Finish) stomped out in a black skirt and cowboy boots for Shania Twain’s “Any Man of Mine,” bringing out her two-step in full force. The More We Drink, the Better You Sound’s Classic C. got the crowd going with the Bloodhound Gang’s “The Bad Touch,” literally getting down on the floor and pantomiming some, erm, interesting animal actions. Classic C.’s enthusiastic performance brought him the second-highest overall score of the night, for which he earned two tickets to the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Mark A. of Hide Yer Pitch (Hide Yer Wife) finished off Round One with a heartfelt rendition of Lonestar’s “Amazed.”
Drew B. (Sons of Pitches) started off Round Two with Will Smith’s “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It,” gettin’ jiggy during the musical breaks. We already knew that Jessica A. (Imma Let You Finish) could bust a move from her previous performance of “Ice, Ice Baby,” so it came as no surprise to anyone when she rapped flawlessly (without lyrics) to “Look At Me Now” (ft. Lil Wayne) by Chris Brown . In what was perhaps the night’s standout performance, “Look At Me Now” earned Jessica A. both the overall highest score AND highest schwing it score for the evening, earning her two sets of tickets to the 9:30 Club. Not to be outdone, Tone Thugs’ Geoff H. donned a science lab coat for “Mind on My Project, Project On My Mind,” a rap he wrote while studying in graduate school (by the way, he got that Ph.D.). Lush Wagon’s Victor M. pulled out his cowboy hat and country twang for Tim McGaw’s “Live Like You Were Dying.” Rebecca G. (Hide Yer Pitch) ended the solo rounds with Faith Hill’s “Cry,” reminding everyone of what we’ll all be doing (for a little while, anyway) once this season ends.
We may have been distraught that the solos were finished, but Imma Let You Finish brought the crowd to its feet with their perfectly choreographed performance of the Lonely Island ft. T-Pain’s “I’m On a Boat (ft. T-Pain),” and spared no one’s innocent ears with the rap song’s fruitful profanity. Tone Thugs took us from the ocean to the neighborhood bar with Garth Brooks’s “Friends in Low Places,” coaxing the entire audience to sing along and wave their PBRs. Propmasters Lush Wagon rapped to Run DMC’s cover of “Walk This Way.” Not only were they dressed in Adidas and a Steven Tyler wig, but Lush Wagon had an Aerosmith guitar AND a homemade turntable. They sure ran toward a high bring it score! Finally, the members of Hide Your Pitch weren’t all alone as they ended the group round with a heartfelt rendition of Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now.” We definitely need you, Amanda B. and John O.!
For next week’s semifinals, current standings have been erased. The regular season’s first-place team (Imma Let You Finish) will battle the sixth-place team (Sons of Pitches), the second-place team (Hide Yer Pitch) will battle the fifth-place team (Lush Wagon), and the third- and fourth-place teams (The More We Drink and Tone Thugs, respectively) will battle each other for position in the finals round. Stay tuned for next week; the competition is still anybody’s game.
Also, don’t forget that registration for the second season of District Karaoke (the Spring 2012 season) starts Monday, April 2. District Karaoke will be expanding to three nights, so there’s no excuse for you not to whip out your costumes and microphones at the Riot Act Comedy Theater (Chinatown) on Mondays or at Policy on Tuesdays or Wednesdays! You can read more about registration on this very blog!