Lexi St. George's "Dancing to the Rhythm (with Me)" Is Way Worse Than Rebecca Black's "Friday"

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Never thought we'd say this, but, uh, we'll take Rebecca.

Patrice Wilson, the man who made "Friday" -- that endlessly ire-raising yet somehow completely inescapable viral hit from teenage star Rebecca Black -- has found his new muse: Lexi St. George.

Naturally, some people are calling her the new Rebecca Black -- despite the fact that Wilson told Gawker, "I don't want people comparing and saying she's the next Rebecca Black." (Because, it seems from the quote, he doesn't want people to write her off with the same fervor Black received.)

Well, fine. "Dancing to the Rhythm (with Me)" is no "Friday." But that's not a good thing.

We may never forget the popocalypse that was "Friday," with its finger-wagging insistence on reminding us of the order of the days of the week, its post-lobotomy vocal delivery, and its more-cookie-cutter-than-cookie-cutter synth-pop backing track.

Sure, "Friday" was a gallery of failure -- but it was a hilarious and inherently memorable one. You couldn't escape it -- kinda sorta because you didn't want to. We won't go as far as saying we liked what's now remembered by many as the Worst Song Ever -- but it did seem to cater to some previously unfulfilled need. You must admit: It was deeply amusing to listen to for a while. Especially on, y'know, Fridays. Why the hell else would everyone squeal so loudly when it was temporarily taken off of YouTube?

Lexi St. George, on the other hand, used Wilson's Ark Music Factory to put out a song that grabs about as much attention as a slab of linoleum. It's not funny. It's not memorable. "Dancing to the Rhythm"? The chorus revelation might as well be "eating fries with ketchup" or "going to sleep with my head on a pillow" or "brushing my teeth with a toothbrush" for all its obviousness.

And while you could argue that St. George wears the role of teenage popstar more convincingly than Black did, that only works to her detriment. There was a thrill in wondering just when Black's idol impersonation would slide off the rails. If her inadequacy was obvious, so was her humanity. But St. George here seems like a cyborg, the sort of Type-A busybody who would tattle on you for passing flirty notes in class. The fact that she's not plainly horrible at doing this only makes you want to dislike her more. In the end, though, this song so lacks for any grab -- good or bad -- that we're left too bored to even bother disliking it.

Wilson was right: St. George is no Rebecca Black. That might be too bad for him.

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Raby34
Raby34

I agree. The way that "Friday" got stuck in my head, against my will....made me obsessed with the song. We cannot now think of Friday without remembering Rebecca. Lexi is so pretty but her song is so common.

Noah Cohen
Noah Cohen

St. George is actually not too bad. She has a good career in front of her, if only she did music that let her show her true talent. 

KG
KG

i like both songs! although, the girl in pink from the friday video should have been in lexi st george's video too! it would have been so good!!!! she could of been a dancer in it!!!!

Dave
Dave

One more thing. Do you get your kicks hating on 14yr olds?

Dave
Dave

This is a terrible article. You have not written it with an open mind and your lack of objectivity is shocking.  You have taken this girl and song apart based on the last project Arc did. This girl has undeniable talent is going to be big. I'm sorry you are so bitter Ian.

Getshorty123
Getshorty123

I believe you are way wrong. This shit is the shite! In it's own little universe, it rocks. Serious.

Karen
Karen

I agree with the author.  Can't compare with Rebecca Black. This girl is cute and the song isn't bad.  It's just that there is nothing special or outstanding like there was with Friday and with Rebecca Black. The only reason why it got a few thousand views quickly is because of the buzz around Rebecca Black and Friday and because GMA pushed it on national TV for a whole week. If it really were good it should already have millions of views, not only 30,000.

Rae Alexandra
Rae Alexandra

Both of these girls scare me on a really deep, visceral level. Like Stepford Wives in High School form. *shudder*

Kenyasmith262626
Kenyasmith262626

Funny, you are the only one who thinks that... Lexi is not only a WAY better singer then Rebecca, but she is prettier and more likable then RB as well!!  But, I understand, controversy is what you thrive on, right?...

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