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Kat's best performance ever.
Both are incredible ...no comparison....they are different and equally great
I love Katherine McPhee. She truly has it all!
I really miss this series, and really hate that NBC pulled it, trendous talents, and actors, so good.
Ivy Lynn's version is far superior.
How would Simon, David, and Andrea critique this performance?
i ALWAYS get goosebumps when I listen to it. ALWAYS. and its been 4 yrs
The key is to compare the projected emotions in the two versions of this final number. Karen's is accepting (of her death and the peace of it), passive, loving, grateful, and lets a bit of that innocence come to the fore again. Ivy's is defiant (she's dead, but her memory will never die, and she knows it), aggressive, bold, proud, and tells you she ultimately regrets nothing; knowing people will talk, but facing death knowing she earned every bit of her fame. They both go out with a bang, but Karen bursts like a stunning gold firework, and Ivy takes the rest of the world as she knew it with her in an eruption of color. Both performances are fantastic in their own right; it's just comparing apples to oranges.
exactly!! and that's the best way to describe their Marilyns as well and why it was so back-and-forth with the casting. Marilyn embodied boldness and shyness, sexiness and innocence, and it's part of why she is so iconic. Ivy captured the bolder parts of Marilyn's personality to a T, but I found she lacked on the innocence, whereas Karen herself was innocent of that was easy for her to portray, but she was too shy to really have the friskiness of Marilyn. As for the final song, it's all a matter of preference. I find both performances to be absolutely beautiful, but I find that I like Ivy's interpretation better because she isn't just complicit with how she was treated, she is MAD because she was treated like crap and she has the right to be, and she can finally be free from it, whereas when she was alive she didn't seem to have any other option that just to accept she will always be seen as an object. While I love Karen's innocence in other songs, this is one that it just doesn't work as well.
As an actor, I can clearly identify which of these is the more interesting acting choice. I don't think it's hard to know which one I'm talking about.
I love Kat Mcphee!! she absolutely kills anything she dose. so talented at all she dose. i still have mcpheever!!
Simply beautiful. love this version..
That was thrilling! I really miss that show but, unfortunately, it was too intelligent for the masses. They'd rather watch stuff like The Brady Bunch.
"Don't Forget Me"(feat. Katharine Mcphee)They thought they could dispose of meThey tried to make me smallI suffered each indignityBut now rise above it allYes, the price I paid was all I hadBut at last, I found releaseAnd if something good can come from badThe past can rest in peaceOh if you see someone's hurtAnd in need of a handDon't forget meOr hear a melody crying from some baby grandYou don't forget meWhen you sing happy birthday to someone you loveOr see diamonds you wish were all freePlease say that you won't;I pray that you don't forget meBut forget every man who I ever met'Cause they only lived to controlFor a kiss they paid a thousandYet they paid fifty cents for my soulThey took their pieceThe price of fame that no one can repayAh, but they didn't buy me when they bought my nameAnd that is why I prayThat when you see someone's hurtAnd in need of a handYou don't forget meOr hear a melody crying from some baby grandYou don't forget meWhen you sing happy birthday to someone you loveOr see diamonds you wish were all freePlease say that you won't;I pray that you don't forget meThere are some in this world who have strength on their ownNever broken or in need of repairBut there are some born to shine who can't do it aloneSo protect them and take special careTake careAnd don't forget mePlease take careAnd don't forget meWhen you look to the heavens with someone you loveAnd a light shining bright from afarHope you see my face thereAnd then offer a prayerAnd please let me beLet me be that star
The girls got pipes!
So wonderful! As Tom and Julia struggled to find an ending for Bombshell that transcended Marilyn's suicide(?)/death, they forged this compelling song. Katharine McPhee's soul-touching delivery brought tears to my eyes. SMASH season 1 was unforgettable, so many incredible scenes and songs. Come on, NBC. Where's our DVD?
BRING SMASH BACK!!
I love your música ,please continue !!!!!!
I remeber watching this on tv and crying the durring the finale lol
When you look to the heavens with someone you love, and a lights shining bright from afar, hope you see my face there, and then offer a prayer, and please let me be that star. The perfect way to think of everyone we have lost, including Marilyn herself
powerful voice and song love it
Katharine è grande perché interpreta l'essenza di Marilyn e ha negli occhi l'espressione di Marilyn. Non basta essere basse e grasse e avere un vocione per interpretare Marilyn. Chi non se ne è accorto dovrebbe guardare meglio i suoi film...
In this song she IS Marylin.
This performance always leaves me speechless everytime #bringbacksmash
really miss smash; perfect storyline and concept and they just ruined the second season.
love it so much!!!
Oui je suis complètement d' accord!
Ivy's may have been more personal, but Karen's to me seemed more like it was Marilyn singing (though she didn't fully sound like Marilyn- more like a copy) asking us to not forget about her. which we didn't.
Yeah, but acting should be about taking a piece of writing, finding a way to connect with it enotionally, and making it your own. Ivy does that far more than Karen ever did. Not to mention that Ivy had a competent Marilyn voice that she used throughout the score, but knew when the score required belting and switched into that part of her voice.
What I liked about Ivy's version was that it was more personal, like she was singing it to herself.
I completely agree season 1 was the bomb dot com but then season 2 like wtf
Absolutely the BEST moment from both seasons!
Ivy's voice is powerful and amazing, but for me, Karen IS Marilyn. Her voice is sweet, soft, vulnerable and innocent like Norma, and at the same time sultry, sexy, smoky and naughty as Marilyn, and at some point, can be powerful. This song says it all. She's not Karen singing this song, she's Marilyn.I still hate Ivy for not thanking Karen at her Tony acceptance speech. If Karen didn't step down, Ivy won't get the part of Marilyn and most certainly not gonna be nominated and win a Tony.
You must be crazy to think she's flat, watch her American Idol audition and her other performances before she was on smash.
i love this song :) xx
Does anyone have more talent that Katherine McPhee???? Awesome.
I can't believe NBC cancelled this wonderul show. With ratings so low on NBC, what are they thinking!!!! This is the best show on NBC....heck it's one of the best shows on TV period!!
Ivy was much better...hear her sing it live and you will die happy! Katherine is an American Idol pop wanna be princess. she cant act or dance. she has a beautiful voice but not for broadway.
richard meyer well she’s actually just come off broadway AND the west end playing JENNA in WAITRESS
I don't know why everyone feels the need to pick sides. I love both versions =) oh well, more for me to enjoy!
you think Katherine is flat? please go and watch her singing before smash and re watch this performance to shes is spectacular
Am I the only one wondering what was in the lyrics before Tom changed it?
Je trouve qu'Ivy a un tout petit truc en plus... =)
A major problem with Hilty in the lead role in real life is that she can not dance nearly as well as Katharine. It does look like the show will go to Broadway for real. So if the show gets canceled selecting Marilyn from those two may not just be a TV show.
Now if you could just edit all of the Bombshell performances together...
I do like her voice but her character in the series is soooo boring. For some reason she is this IT girl whom everyone loves but she doesn't do anything interesting in my opinion.
I'm bored tonight and I just want to say that your comment got me stupidly excited because I will talk about my feelings to a lamppost who expresses simpler feelings to mine on this. I agree with you 100%. Katherine McPhee has a good screen presence and a great voice, but she is not a world class actress. I think the writers realized that and decided to compensate for that by telling the audience about how good she is. This is one of my least favorite bad writing tropes, and it's really sad that it appears to have worked on some Smash fans.
I liked Karen's version much better than Ivy's on this particular song.
Ivys voice in terms of general bway style, is incomparable, not that katherines isn't amazing in her own right. This song is difficult to judge, because I really wanna give it to Megan ( loved her since wicked), I feel the editing made her sound very stocatto, especially on the big long notes, that, while not as deep, were held longer by Katherine/ karen. From a complete non singer. Make sense to anyone else?
I just got the solo for this song in choir. So pumped!!!
I was actually kinda mad when they had Ivy sing this song last episode. This is Karen's song. FOr that matter, I was mad that the show had Karen leave the play. She did a better job at this song and made a better Marilyn. Ivy is really good, but Karen is better.
I think Karen's smooth voice suits the song better than Ivy's. Ivy has an amazing powerful voice, which is better at other songs. I like Karen's better:)
Megan Hilty is sooooooo much better!
Singing this song in Choir. It's a good song.
I have the beginning as a solo for chorus... sooo excited
I think Ivy embodies Marilyn's character and plays the best Marilyn I have ever seen. That is why I hunger to see and hear her sing these songs, instead of Katharine McPhee, who I think is flat, and basically lacks the talent that both Megan Hilty and Marilyn Monroe have. In my opinion, Katharine doesn't remind me of Marilyn's quality at all. She looks and sounds like someone singing a song in a blonde wig. The pics of Marilyn in the background do nothing to enhance the image, the opposite,
couldn't agree with u more!!
so am i!!
Okay. i didnt cried. nope, i did not.
I can't get enuf!!!! Katherine has such a rich voice.......I get chills and goosebumps everytime I hear her!!!!
Why don't they have songs like this on the radio? If only
WOW!!! The B E A U T I F U L resemblance! When you look to the heavens... tears
Captures the parting thoughts of Marilyn perfectly, in my opinion.
I really love this song!
nothing more than EXCELLENT , the best Excelent version and edition i saw, MANY CONGRAT!!!
Simply amazing!!! She is a star. One of the best performances in a musical ever!!!
My favorite song from the show!
2:13 best part of the song ♥
This and don't say yes were the moments during this show when I truly loved it.
I don't know what it is about this song - I have such a strong emotional reaction to it and well up as soon as she comes into the choruses. Only a couple of songs can do that to me, this one and still by alanis Morisette. Amazing song and an awesome show. can't wait for series 2.
I understand where all the Team Ivy people are coming from with who should have been Marilyn, but a big reason why it was Karen is because of her innocence and, as they said a lot, she's green. Ivy might have the sultry aspect of Marilyn, but Karen was able to portray a more vulnerable side that Ivy couldn't.
Then what was Second Hand Baby Grand Piano? It seemed like they wrote the song for Karen, but Ivy blew that song out of the water.
WHOO ME ENCANTO.
Una serie increible!!!! Y que final!!!! Fabuloso!!!! Que voz!!!! Me pone la piel de gallina!!!! INCREIBLE!!!!!
She's so pretty :)
I much prefer Karen. Megan's too baby-faced and traditionally pretty and I like more interesting women.
Bernadette Peters pose!
Karen, sans hésiter.
Oui. On appelle ça une chanteuse ;-)
I know. Would love to listen to other songs by Megan from musicals. And I hope if she decides to release an album she's sing songs that show her vocal abilities not just silly monotone pop
that is because Megan (Ivy) is a broadway veteran: Wicked, 9 to 5, and possibly others
AMAZING! gives me chills every time I listen to it! if cat doesnt achieve superstar recognition, something is wrong with the world!
i'd love to hear ivy sing it. She has a very powerful voice that is perfect for musical numbers
I'd love to hear Lea Michele Singing this
i totally agree with you this song is beautiful... and it says alot of the people who did this show, i cant wait until the second season
man why isnt she a superstar. I know of thousands out there that can never do what she can. what a great way to end the show
i actually wanna cry while hearing this
why am i crying??
I get chills every time I hear her sing this fabulous song!
i agree absolutely. Kat deserves to be a superstar and i think she is well on her way. Ever since she appeared on AI i had a strong feeling she would have a great career and would become a big star! So looking forward to the next season of SMASH. Wish it were starting next month instead of waiting until January. Damn NBC--- next seasons are supposed to start in September!!!!!
LOVED this!!! I agree was a brilliant ending to the show!!Shared on my site with a post!OutMaturity
Don't forget her...
hi everyone, first i wanna say that i'm a fan of Katherine and Megan and of their characters.. but for me ivy only looks like Marilyn in " let's be bad" in wich she is FANTASTIC ( i'm not speakink about her voice, she has a wonderful and powerful voice she's great in each way) but Karen is Marilyn when you look carefully the pictures next to her face during this song you can see that she has the nose , the eyes, the chin , while ivy in national past time she hasn't, but she has the attitude.
plus when Karen sings " The 20 century fox " with the purple lights when the dancers lift her and she wears a gold dress SHE IS JUST MARYLIN or am i the only one who see that ...she has the body, her eyes all is marilyn but i admit that she is probably to tall
that last note was just killer! like bam!!!!!!!!
Great show, great songs. Both Marilyn's are amazing!!!! Would like both to share role. Both bring something unique to the role.
I never tire of seeing this scene! That end!! I can not have a better one! Incredible! Exciting!