We get it, Harry — you don’t like when young singers take on mature songs. But when Emily Piriz totally nailed Grace Potter and the Nocturnal’s ‘Ooh La La,’ it was so inappropriate to call her out and embarrass her.
When Emily Piriz, 18, took the stage for Rush Week on American Idol, she completely rocked her version of “Ooh La La,” which yes, is a very sexual song. While this wasn’t the first time judge Harry Connick Jr. disproved of a contestant singing this song, calling her out the way he did was rude and uncalled for.
Harry Connick Jr. Embarrassed Emily Piriz
To give you a little background, the singer took the stage and did freakin’ amazing, but apparently that didn’t matter to Harry who just asked her to read the words of the first two lines of the song.
Emily Piriz – Paris Oh La La
“You got me down on the floor, so what’d you bring me down here for,” she said, which was followed by Harry asking her if that was appropriate and if that’s what she thought she should be singing about at 18. However, in the video before her performance — when she chose the song — she admitted it the choice wasn’t because of the story line but the emotion.
Regardless, I feel like the way he embarrassed her — saying, “oh you just had a birthday” and then having her read the words of the song — was just inappropriate. In my opinion, that was more inappropriate than the song choice!
Emily Piriz Had The Perfect Comeback
“Grace Potter wrote this song because yeah, it’s a woman getting what she wants and [it’s] powerful, and this is what I want, so I just want to show that attitude,” she responded strongly, and good for her!
We totally agree with her — sure the song is a little intense for someone young to sing but she’s not 12, she’s 18. And she wasn’t saying, “This is how I feel.” People sing “I Will Always Love You,” and have never been in love. People sing “I Get By With a Little Help,” and they’ve never been high. It doesn’t mean that she’s being sexual, just because she’s singing a powerful song.
HollywoodLifers, do you agree with me? Do you think Harry was too harsh? Let us know!
— Emily Longeretta