This week on the British reality talent competition, X Factor, contestant Ruth Lorenzo found herself in the bottom two for the week after performing I Can’t Stop Loving You for “Michael Jackson week”. In the sing off to decide who would go, Lorenzo sang Prince’s iconic hit Purple Rain. I watched it and thought it was excellent and I’m a rabid Prince (the music, not so much the man) fanatic I’m usually extremely critical when anyone else attempts one of his more original songs. The judges, however, weren’t as enthusiastic and were deadlocked on who would go home. But the voting public loved it and Lorenzo lived to sing another week.
As all performances are, Lorenzo’s version of Purple Rain was posted on YouTube. I think Prince employs someone who’s full time job is to scour the internet looking for anything remotely connected to Prince and cause grief for whomever posted it. As is the modus operandi for the Prince people, in what might first appear to be a fit of possessiveness and jealousy, they demanded YouTube take the video down, which they have.
Ruth found herself in the bottom two this week, and as her second song, she did her own rendition of Prince’s famous song, which was, quite frankly, amazing. So amazing, that by yesterday, her version had had 100,000 hits on YouTube – and Prince’s people took it down! Someone a bit jealous, are they? Luckily, it’s back up now – so check it out while you can right here.
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Only it’s not. While it may have temporarily reinstated on YouTube, when I went to find it today, it’s gone again. It can be viewed at AOL Television for now, and I recommend checking it out.
Prince, however, is crazy like a fox, I suspect. Whenever he does one of these public hissy fits about his music or his image, a renewed interest in the originals surges forth. So it’s no surprise Prince’s original 1984 Purple Rain re-entered the top 50 yesterday.
The man is a genius!
Prince is shown performing at London Fashion Week on 9/19/07. Credit: Solarpix / PR Photos