Friday, October 29, 2010

My Weekend Crush

As the incomparable Mercedes Jones, Amber Riley brings her locomotive of a voice to our living rooms each week. Instantly sassy, irresistibly brassy, her Mercedes is a talent who refuses to play second fiddle, even when that’s all-too frequently the role thrust upon her. She said it herself: “I’m Beyonce. I ain’t no Kelly Rowland.” What Riley brings to Mercedes, besides those ridiculously perfect pipes, is a refreshing burst of confidence. On “Glee,” her presence speaks volumes without even using her voice. On a stage filled almost exclusively with slim starlets and six-packing studs, Riley is more of an everyteen (though in real life she is the crush-appropriate age of 24).

Her size became a subplot for a millisecond last season, but it does not define her. Instead Riley’s Mercedes is known for her confidence, strength, loyalty and – of course – that voice. I know this will be sacrilege to some, but I really loved her rendition of “Sweet Transvestite” in this week’s “Rocky Horror Glee Show” episode. Yes, it was silly they changed “transsexual Transylvania” to “sensational Transylvania.” No, she isn’t Tim Curry. But, lord, who is? Instead she gave it her own sexy stamp. Bonus points for using Brittany and Santana as backup dancers. I don’t know about you, but watching all three of them dance together is definitely good for relieving my tension. Happy weekend and Halloween, all.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

mark 0:42
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EkOp37Wj9Y

Jimena O. B. said...

SENSATIONAL?!?! Transilvania????
WTF

Norma Desmond said...

Yeah, that threesome... Whole new world of unexpected but very welcome fantasies.

Anonymous said...

She totally NAILED that song! SHe redid and made it hers. Amazing!!

Of course they had to change the lyrics. The fact that the show was inappropriate was a part of plot.

alice said...

I think she was *amazing* - while Tim Curry's consummate strangeness will always be an inherent piece of TRHPS for me, I can't see any of the Glee dudes (or most other folks) being able to come close to pulling that off, or come close to claiming the role the way that Mercedes/Amber did. She rocked it.

(Jane Lynch as Frank N Furter, though, might give her a wonderful run for her money ...)

Rachel said...

Ditto Norma

Anonymous said...

I'm unsure what everyone is talking about re: the change in the lyrics. When it aired where I live, all of the lyrics were the same. Transsexual Transylvania all the way. ;)

Anonymous said...

she's hot and you rock! you really do see the beauty in all women, regardless of their size. so your critics (from another blog post) can sit down and shut up now.

including me. ;)

Becca said...

I have loved every minute of her being on that show. Even Rocky Horror, Glee style, rocks!! :)