James Holmes

Showtunes Sing-Off: 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'

Filed By James Holmes | July 14, 2012 12:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Eva Cassidy, Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole, Judy Garland, Kylie Minogue, Oz, Oz the Great & Powerful, Rufus Wainwright, Showtunes, Sing-off, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Wizard of Oz

Somwhere-Over-the-Rainbow.jpgThis week's sing-off is is inspired partly from the release of the new trailer for Disney's Oz: the Great & Powerful. I can't see Oz without thinking of Judy, and I can't think of Judy without thinking of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." They just go together.

There are so many covers of the song that I have held back on using it in a sing-off before, but since Oz is already in our minds, why not give you the chance to share your thoughts and post links to your favorite versions.

In my opinion no one can beat Judy, and I assume many out there agree - so let's level the playing field and ask who comes closest to the original? Or maybe what performance by Judy is her best? I am going with the movie version, but please post links to other performances if you come across them.

Check out the clips after the jump (or over a rainbow) and let me know what you think. Who did it best? Who did it worst? Who would you like to see cover it?

Let the sing-off begin.






Update:

How could I have never heard this version?! Thanks commenter Steven Cheslik-deMeyer!

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