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Monday, September 11, 2006

Heaven is a Place on Earth!!!

Celebrity Duets officially kicks ass. The production values suck, the judges are are neither insightful nor funny, many of the celebrities singing pretty poorly. But...

Belinda Carlisle sang last week. Twice! Belinda Carlisle!!!!!

I hadn't read anything about the episode in advance, so it was a total surprise when Lea Thompson (Caroline and the City) announced Belinda Carlisle as her duet partner. I literally started bouncing up and down on the couch, waving my fists in the air. I didn't scream, although I wanted to, because I didn't want to miss any of her performance.

And she was really good. Unfortunately for Belinda, Lea Thompson was not so good, which took a little from the performance, but Belinda was amazing. She sang "Heaven is a Place on Earth," (you can watch it here) and I honestly felt like it was 1987 all over again and I was listening to "America's Top 40" with Casey Kasem. Back then I really loved Belinda like no other. Sure, I liked Debbie and Tiffani and all, but Belinda was far superior, which even my ten-year-old self knew at the time.

Not only did Belinda sound great, but she looked really good as well. I know she struggled with her weight earlier in her career, but at 48 she looked amazing! (And that's really saying something since she had to stand next to Lea Thompson, who really looks like a healthier Nicole Ritchie.)

Her performance was so good that Gobo and I rewound it to watch it again, and then gave the episode "Don't Erase Until I Delete" status. But there was more to come! The next day (the elimination episode) she and Lea sang again. Unfortunately it wasn't my other favorite Carlisle tune, "Circle in the Sand," but instead was "I Get Weak." Not that I'm complaining. "I Get Weak" is pretty great too. But it's not "Circle in the Sand." And she again sounded great, and Lea again kind of sucked, and then Lea went home.

But really, who wins this competition and who goes home every week is not the point. The point is that Belinda Carlisle sang! TWICE!!! Amazing.



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