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Princess Lea Does Streisand!!!!

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Check out the Glee star's version of Barbra's classic Papa Can You Hear Me? from this coming week's episode (above).

It starts off slow but gets quite lovely!

What do U think???

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74 comments to “Princess Lea Does Streisand!!!!”

  1. 1

    No passion, she sings to fast and to loud, no feelings at all, to blend.

    No one can sing this song like Mrs Streisand.

    And stop calling her princess.

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  3. 3

    As much as I love Glee, this episode is going to suck… hard. Talk about the worst music ever made, *sigh*

  4. 4

    Awesome! Lea should do more showtunes and less transposed pop songs. She killed it in a really good way.

  5. 5

    Better than Babs!

  6. 6

    She just sings to sing she doesn't feel the music she is not and will never be Barbra

  7. Suze says – reply to this


    Didn't she sing "Don't rain on my parade" last season?? That's classic Streisand.

  8. 8

    To people who have negative comments about her singing ability. First, chances are you are not professors of music so what exactly do you know? Second, you're not a critic, you just own a keyboard.

  9. 9

    I think she sounds okay , but its hard to like a song when the original is soo much better, there are just some artists whos songs should never be covered by anyone else.But she has a beautiful voice, and she should come up with an album, Glee is a nice show , but she has more talent that could of taken her further than the show.

  10. 10

    The original version also starts slowly….

    Perez - you are off your game…

  11. 11

    NO ONE does barbra

  12. 12

    There is a whiney squeaky thing she does with her voice that just grates on audial nerves which causes me to wince. She can sing but her voice doesn't have the rich tones which made Barbara's voice one of a kind. She's good enough for a show like Glee, though I don't expect her to rise to the level of Streisand. Ever.

  13. 13

    So I was actually a voice major in college, so I feel I can comment on this as someone who does know what good vocals are, and she's okay. She doesn't have the ability to just hit the notes like Babs, and you can hear it–she kind of "arches" her voice up to hit the long/high notes and that's why she gets so loud. She also, very obviously, has no heart. Not saying I could do better, but no one can do Babs justice.

  14. 14

    Re: Suze – Duh! Of course she'll never be Barbra. She should be judged only her own merit; not compared unjustly to a legend like Ms. Streisand. Lea did a fine rendition here.

  15. 15

    I think she sounds great. She does Streisand as well as anyone else except Babs herself. Even trained people have bias and their opinion are subjective.

    And I find it very emotional maybe those who don't are the heartless one.

    Face it some of you are so hell bent on hating her and/or glee it doesn't matter how well she does something.

  16. 16

    She is amazingly talented. Nobody can touch Streisand, but Lea does an amazing job with the song. Thanks for the clip!

  17. 17

    God I fucking hate her and the way she sings!
    Every time I see or hear her it makes me wanna punch someone in the face!

  18. 18

    i don't like it. i mean it's no doubt she can sing. and this rendition shows she can *almost* emulate barbara's voice.. but how does that make her amazing? it just means she can copy someone amazing like many elvis impersonators.. lea is selling herself short

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    Re: iblowpops
    Case in point how it don't mean shit if you're a vocal major.

  20. 20

    Isn't anyone else curious as to why this song is in the episode? I thought kurt's dad was sick, not rachel's! So why is she singing it?

  21. 21

    if you can't hear the notes in your head you can't sing them

  22. 22

    Instead of hitting notes head on in full voice, she has a habit of ad-libbing little effects (another commenter described them as "annoying squeaks") that really take away from the overall performance. It's a habit that's breakable though - I'm really shocked no one has corrected it already. She has a nice voice. I agree she needs to invoke more emotion, though.

  23. 23

    she does have a pretty voice, but she isn't the best singer ever as she would like to think she is. I'd be a fan if she wasn't a bitch in real life.

  24. 24

    Re: natalie132 – No disrespect to Chris but he cannot pull off that song as lovely as Lea does. But to ease your mind, Kurt does sing "I Want To Hold Your Hand" to his dad. Probably when he asks him to squeeze his hand if he hears him from his coma.

  25. 25

    I want Jonathan Groff back, he can play straight, gay, or bi. I don´t care, I just miss Jesse St. James.

  26. 26

    Re: Chibey
    The same could be said of the people leaving positive comments about her singing.

  27. 27

    one word. BRILLIANT! questions? talk to your maker cause nobody else gives a crap!

  28. 28

    ive been waiting for her to seriously do streisand!!! ok perez…how awesome would this be (and u should totally promote this idea since ur word could actually be heard and mine cant lol) but i always hoped she would be singing the famous duet "Tell him" by streisand and celine dion. Like maybe in the episode, both Rachel and Kurt could be having relationship problems and maybe rachel would be telling Kurt to just tell his crush how he feels about him. Listen to the words, maybe u guys can see where im going with this haha just an idea

  29. 29

    She sounds amazing!

  30. 30

    Look, I love Barbra. But it's like comparing apples and oranges, you just can't. I think her rendition was sang well. If she wanted to sound like Barbra she could and would have… she has already done it. She sang it like she wanted to, and for that I give her credit. It takes a lot of balls to sing Barbra, and to be judged by everyone for doing it. I say Bravo to you… and keep it coming.

  31. 31

    Re: Angie Spp – Hell yea sister,preach on…sooo miss him

  32. 32

    Re: Suze – thank you, like I said in my post. She has already done Barbra, and what a job she did. If she wanted to sound just like her she would have. She sang it her own way, and she did Barbra proud.

  33. 33

    I like Lea but why is it always about her? There are other talented people on that show. Have you listened to Chris Colfers verson of I Wanna Hold Your Hand? He sings it with so much emotion and its beautiful. I wish people (like perez and the media) would give the rest of the cast a chance to shine and not focus it all on one or two people.

  34. 34

    its amazing! i love her!!

  35. 35

    Re: You Know Like Totally


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  37. 37

    There's no denying she has a voice. This is my first time hearing her sing since I don't even watch the show, but yeah, she has some pipes. But her cover does absolutely nothing for me. She isn't singing with any passion, or oopmh, or like she's really *feeling* the song. It's as if she's singing just to sing. It's (her cover) is really quite dull. And to the person bitching about people leaving negative comments about her singing: it's a fucking forum, we're ALL critics and we're entitled to our own opinions. Free speech!

  38. 38

    I think she sounds really good! But don't call her "princess" anymore. You are going to ruin her for me like you ruined lady gaga.

  39. 39

    We all know that Britney isn't that good singer but her music is great. You just feel like dancing along to most of her music. But when Lea did her Britney rendition…it was just so-so. Flat.

    So, if Britney is not a good singer and Lea Michelle is not even a fourth of Britney, what does that make Lea? Her singing leaves much to be desired.

  40. 40

    these imitations are so lame. Britany Spears was so hot with so many curves in her costumes ….why would the skinny girl try to replicate it? And why oh why go for the motherload Streisand?

  41. 41

    She should stick to Broadway, because she is absolutely terrible at pop. Her Britney number on last week's show was TERRIBLE! She can't dance like Britney and was too awkward.
    Her facial expressions whilst singing are meant for the stage, not MTV.

  42. 42

    No one comes close to THE Barbra Streisand

  43. 43

    im not so far up "legends" ass that i cant leave a fair comment..so leas voice is amazing so is barbaras she doesnt sing it like barbara because she isnt barabara duh shes her and its not her song she did it more then justice and everything she sings is for the most part amazing dont hate because u are sitting in front of your tv with NO talent this girl is awesome bitch or not vocals like hers are rare..you go lea ..p.s if u all r sooo perturbed by perez theres other blogs u can visit…peace

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  45. 45

    Re: You Know Like Totally – I see what you mean. I think that she has a great voice, but the show should definitly use her LESS. Once from time to time is awesome. But every single damn episode is just too much. There's the squeaking, and the gasping, it's too much for my ears, it ruins her songs, even though she sings them beautifully, most of the time.

    I wish they gave some of her solos to Kurt, Santana or Brittany.
    Maybe Tina too, but I honestly don't remember how her voice sounds, they made her sing like, two songs…

  46. 46

    Re: Serena Loves Mario – Agreed! Baby one more time was terrible. Way too high pitched.

    Her best songs are indeed the broadway style. Don't rain on my parade, Maybe this time… And while I think they still were far from as good as the originals, they were better than her less-than-good pop covers.
    But hey, I also think that the originals from broadway are better than the pop originals. Must be because I'm a musicals-addict =)

  47. 47

    Lea, if you're out there. Perez is calling you "Princess." This is the kiss of death. If you value your career you should do something to piss him off, quickly.

  48. 48

    The reason us amateur, don't know what we're talking about, we're no critics sitting in front of our computer geeks are comparing Lea to Streisand is because Streisand was a master interpreter of song. Streisand didn't just sing songs–she acted the words out through her expressive voice. Lea just sounds like she's just trying to imitate Streisand without the passion or conviction. On the surface, Lea has a good voice, although it sounds too Disney princess for my taste. But the sincerity in her voice always sound forced or fake.

  49. 49

    The ENTIRE song is slow! not just the begining, Perez.
    Her voice sounds like the voice of Belle from Beauty and the beast
    and that is NOT a good thing.
    Super annoying voice.

  50. 50

    I am a huge fan of Glee, and think everyone on the show is very talented. But this year it seems like Lea is getting a lot of the focus, with her solos. She has a beautiful voice but I don't want to hear it every frickin' week. She looks like she's gone totally "Hollywood" now, all skinny and constantly in the tabs. When an ensemble show starts to move all the focus on one character, it loses something and starts becoming boring. Let some of the others shine for once! Oh, and enough with the theme shows - how about some actual story line?

  51. 51

    Wonderfull. She's amazing.

  52. 52

    Re: Chooch – Agreed.

    Last season was all about her as far as the solos are concerned and Amber Riley, in my opinion, is a MUCH better singer. I'd rather listen to her than the guy that plays Finn because he's terrible, but I'd love more Mercedes and Artie-centric episodes since he's the best male singer on the show and she's awesome.

  53. 53

    You're really sweatin' this chick huh?

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  55. 55

    Yay, Yentl!! No one can beat the original but Lea has an awesome voice and does a wonderful job…I bet even Striesand would be impressed and flattered!

  56. 56

    She did Streisand last year too, so it's not surprising that they had her do another one. I don't think it's possible to compare anyone to Barbra Streisand, but Lea Michele can certainly hold her own with Ms. Streisand's songs.

  57. 57

    Re: alemeh2 – You used the word "to" 3 times in your first sentence but only got it right once. The internet truly is dumbing us down.

    To, Too, or Two?

    To is a preposition which begins a prepositional phrase or an infinitive.

    Too is an adverb meaning "excessively" or "also."

    Two is a number. Many other words in English which reflect the number two are spelled with tw: twin, twice, between, tweezers, etc.

    Examples: We went to a baseball game. (preposition)

    We like to watch a good ball game. (infinitive)

    We ate too much. (meaning "excessively")

    I like baseball, too. (meaning "also")

    Six divided by three is two. (number)

  58. 58

    Re: mackypoo – No.

  59. 59

    Re: beccaboo1212 – except Barbra herself.

  60. 60

    Re: natalie132 – His father is in a coma, Dad(Papa) in a coma(can you hear me?) Most likely she is giving her friend support.
    It would be strange if she said"Kurt's Papa, can you hear him?".

  61. 61

    Re: Chooch – its mainly about her because she is the lead female of the show & in this episode puck,finn & mercades all get solos

  62. 62

    Re: natalie132 – well the song is from a movie called Yentl and the Streisand plays a jewish girl
    Rachel is also jewish so maybe thats why she does it

  63. 63

    Meh, try listening to a true broadway star live like Linda Eder instead of this auto-tuned crap. Lea scoops to much for my taste too but that's just me.

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  65. 65

    Re: Chooch – I think in this season, there's going to be an episode without Lea in it. So I think you're going to get your wish that the other glee clubbers are going to shine in that episode. They barely had Lea on Home last season, and Will, Mercedes, Finn, and Kurt were featured more.

  66. 66

    Re: pienado – who cares if I wrote to 3 times or wrong.

    I type too fast and I don't go back to correct my mistakes.

    Thanks anyway Pienado.


  67. 67

    Great and touching…

  68. 68

    Re: alemeh2

    You most certainly can go back and correct your mistakes. Its called proof reading before you hit submit comment. The internet has made so many of us so lazy we do not do what we were taught in School, in English. You can not depend on spell check for everything. Because if the word it spelled correctly as in your case the word "to", then it will not correct your mistake if it is the wrong word spelled, such as "to, too, or two". That is why we still have to go back a proof read our work before submitting it. You are not the only one who does this. Newspaper writers do it all the time. They do not proof read there work anymore and only use spell check. So a lot of stuff we read sometimes looks like it was written by an Elementary student instead of someone who has graduated from High School and is supposed to have passed English by knowing how to how to use proper words in their notes.

  69. ONIT says – reply to this


    I'm impressed but I still dislike her Glee character.

  70. 70

    They really need to stop using the autotune on the cast members that don't need it! Takes the grit and feeling right out of her voice. This is pretty but it would have been beautiful if it were sung live. Go on youtube and check out her live stuff, she's incredible. Her character on the show is a drama queen and I think she acts the character and sings how Rachel would sing, quite well. This is Rachel singing Streisand not Lea. I blame the show for using too much autotune. Lea, Matt, Amber, Chris, Kristin, Idina, Jonathan etc…they don't need it, yet they use it on their tracks anyway…thats part of the reason why no one hears any passion in her voice. Hear any of them live and you'll think differently. I have the same issue listening to Matt on the Glee tracks…listen to anything he's done on Broadway…especially from Light in the Piazza when he sings in Italian. Will Shuster doesn't sing like that even though Matt can. They are singing as their characters are supposed to.

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    Re: notmemaw – [re=5372097]
    Perhaps you should have proofread what you wrote and corrected the many mistakes you made in your little paragraph. I would point them out, but there is really no need to be ostentatious on this site.

  72. 72

    Lea Michelle demonstrates that although she can hit the notes, she sings without much feeling or emotion, so as a result, the song comes off as cold and empty. This is also true for her rendition of "Don't Rain on my Parade." Barbra Streisand: A; Lea Michelle: C

  73. 73

    She did an amazing job. What good would it be if she sounded exactly like Barbara?? She brings her own style to the song. I thought it was great!

  74. 74

    Agree! "BITCH DID IT BETTER THAN BARBARA!!"……. Go Princess Lea!!!!!