Ciara Does “Billie Jean,” Kelly Rowland & Co. Pay Tribute To Donna Summer, And Folks Do Their Best Whitney For “VH1 Divas”

December 17, 2012  |  



Did you check out Vh1 Divas last night? If you didn’t, that’s okay, because we know the lineup of performers weren’t all that exciting at first glance, but there were definitely some interesting and mad entertaining performances! No worries, we’ve got the clips here for you if you’re wondering how everybody did.

Out of all the people who put on a show on the main stage, the most interesting performances, in my opinion, came from Ciara, Kelly Rowland/Keri Hilson/Adam Lambert, and Jordin Sparks/Melanie Fiona/Ledisi. For some reason, the show about divas took the time out to show some love to Michael Jackson, and to do so, they asked Ciara to put on her best moves to imitate MJ’s classic “Billie Jean” performance from the “Motown 25” special from 1983. Definitely some HUGE shoes to fill, but I can’t hate, Ciara actually did the damn “thang.”

She opened up with the moon walk and reinterpreted some of Michael’s classic moves in a feminine way, but she knew JUST the right moment to quit, as she broke out into a performance of her single, “Got Me Good” soon after. Loved it! Plus, as usual, her body was looking especially fit, which I know was inspiring some ladies watching last night. And on a positive note, she finally left the “matrix” move of yesteryear at home. Say what you want about the girl, but with her long limbs and especially great dance moves, she can definitely put on a show.

If that wasn’t enough for you, there was also a performance done as a tribute to the late, great Donna Summer. With Kelly Rowland singing “Bad Girls,” Keri Hilson doing “She Works Hard For The Money,” Adam Lambert (yes, the host of the night and former “American Idol” star performed multiple times actually) doing “Hot Stuff,” and the trio doing “Last Dance,” it was a VERY interesting performance to say the least. From Keri’s voice sounding like she was whining, to Kelly squealing and making some random noises and Adam almost falling down when his part began, it was all a bit all over the place. However, they pulled it all back together for “Last Dance,” where they were all hitting some good high notes and stopped being so cheesy. But the first few minutes? Yeah, probably could have gone without it…*Kanye shrug*

Last but not least of course, Jordin Sparks, Melanie Fiona and Ledisi paid tribute to Whitney Houston with performances of “I’m Every Woman” by Sparks, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay” done by Fiona, and Ledisi doing “How Will I Know.” Out of the three, I was actually pleasantly surprised that I was grooving the most to Ledisi, as she proved once again that homegirl can SANG! Plus, her dance moves weren’t too bad either. Sparks wasn’t bad of course (and she looked fab), and though she was moving around a bit too much instead of really singing, I was digging Fiona’s performance of “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay,” probably because it’s one of my most favorite songs ever. Kudos to the ladies for trying some very difficult jams, but delivering. And shout out to Brandy for introducing them and looking gorgeous!

All in all, the show was all right. There were times when it seemed they just called anybody to come and get on stage. They’d shout a name and you would think, “Who!?” Plus, some of the twists they put on classic songs like “Bad Girls” wasn’t really my cup of tea (let’s keep it simple next time). Definitely wasn’t like the Divas programs that folks like Mary J. Blige and Whitney Houston used to kill, but it was fun enough. What did you think of the show though? If you haven’t seen the whole thing, check out these clips and let us know what you thought way down below!

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  • Caramel_Cookie

    Vhi should stop using the term Diva, if they are going to bring these mediocre artist on to perform. The show sucked, the only performance that stood out was ledisi.

  • Tracee

    The DIva’s are Tina, Whitney, Gladys, Chaka, Donna, not Ciara and Adam Lambert. No offense but vh1 needs to just retire the Diva’s concert. My definition of Diva is a phenominal SINGER period and none of these young ladies measures up to that definition for me, sorry.

  • kay

    VH1 Divas is so underwhelming i cant stand it!!! UGHHHH

    • Ce1999

      Yep. It seems like Divas had a golden age where Mariah and Whitney and Chaka were expected to perform, but what I saw was just so disappointing.

  • mochaaa

    ciara is so corny.. always doing the same tired dance moves and grabbing her crotch. like switch it up a bit.

  • Bohwe

    Did anyone ever think that the Whitney tributes have been lackluster, or non-existed ant because Hollywood never forgave Whitney for changing her image from the Barbie to the more urban singer? Before Being Bobby Brown, she was at the top, but then that side came out , and Hollywood couldn’t relate.

  • So is that why she was dressed like a homeless street performer last week? Because she was preparing to perform Billie Jean at the Divas 2012 concert??