Competitive Caterwauling with a purpose and a whole lot of Autotune.
With that being said, it is for a noble cause and the people of Haiti will benefit greatly. You donate your money in any way you choose. There's a link for another worthy cause in the right margin of this blog. Some people may love the song because their favorite artist has a solo. Some might enjoy the video for the pure entertainment value. For me, it's simply something you can't UNhear. All the Q-tips in the world can't remove the memory of it from my ears. That's not to say every performer is sub-par. No, actually some of them are quite talented singers on their own, but it seems it was forgotten that this was supposed to be a group effort. I know many of the parts were done separately. They had stand ins wear green so actors and singers could be later added for the video to fill those spots. You have to love the frills and thrills of modern technology.
Immediately after viewing the video I rushed to Plurk and threw out what I imagined were the conversations taking place before the actual recording. Allow me to indulge you in the lunacy that is my mind:
Lionel to Quincy: "Let's start with a real powerhouse voice ... Justin Bieber." Q: "who the hell is that?" Lionel:"Uh, not sure but he's popular with little girls." Q:"Whatever, we need to get this thing off the ground to meet the 25th anniversary deadline."
Li'l Wayne to Akon: "If there's no Autotune you can count me out. My peeps can't be knowin' I can't sing for shit."
Ann to Nancy Wilson: "I'll phone this in.They gave my solo to that slut Nicole Slutzinger of the Pussycat Whores"
Vince Vaughn: "Nicole Scherwhatever will be there? Can I sniff up on her?"
Josh Groban: "Uh, I'm a real singer. I don't need the Autotune. No, really. I'm good. NO! Stop shoving that mechanism in my face!"
Celine Dion: "I am de'greatest singer in all de' worl! Of course I could support all of 'Aiti! but I will zing for dem instead! hunhuh!"
Barbra Streisand:"What do you mean this is for free? I get $10,000 per seat at my shows. I'm calling the Clintons. They'll take care of this
Jennifer Hudson: "I have to duet with Nicole ? You do know I won an Oscar, right? ::I'll blow that bitch out of the studio::"
Tony Bennett: "I'm the coolest son of a bitch in this room. I've shat more talented turds than that pack of thugs in the corner."
Best part of the entire thing? Jamie Foxx impersonating Ray Charles. And Pink didn't stink at all. Well, maybe she did literally. I suspect she probably needs Secret, but I digress. The girl can really sing.
******* something was pointed out by my astute friend Doug W. that I cannot believe I missed (but then I was covering my ears). At the 2:35 minute mark when Babs sings, it is obvious that she deliberately annunciates "for JEW and me." And she says it with a smirk. **********