Just when you think the covers and lipsynchs for "Call Me Maybe" couldn't possibly get any worse, an elderly Cuban female nightclub performer goes and proves you wrong.
Rich Juzwiak at Gawker gives us the details on our hostess with the mostest.
Margarita Pracatan is at least 60, extremely Cuban and quasi-known for her wacky covers of pop songs. They are irreverent not just to their source material, but to the ideas of melody and rhythm.
U.K. presenter Clive James took a shine to Pracatan in the '90s and once said of her, "She never lets the words or melody get in her way. She is us, without the fear of failure." She does exude confidence, which you can see in her revealing wardrobe and hear every time she tells the audience how much they love her, as she did repeatedly on Friday. She is aware of her capacity for entertainment, probably less aware of just how hilarious she is, but she never seems deterred by the laughter that emerges when she steps onstage and then lingers throughout the show. Instead, she seems to have a Zen-like attitude toward generating any response and the understanding that her show works even if it's on levels that she isn't interested in. I couldn't help but wonder if watching Little Edie Beale during her post-Grey Gardens cabaret days in New York provided a similar experience.
The video is after the break. Trust me, you won't want to miss this one.
(Photo courtesy of Margarita Pracatan's website.)