Teen pop star Olivia Rodrigo made the mistake of appearing onstage with ever iconic Billy Joel, who appeared to be less than impressed with her vocal talents.
At least, the look on his face suggested as much.
The former Disney Chanel TV starlet was invited on stage by Joel during a performance that’s part of his ongoing residency at Madison Square Garden, according to Yahoo Sports.
“With Joel and his band backing her up, she sang her 2021 smash ‘Deja Vu,’ a perfect selection for the occasion since it not only name-checks Billy Joel, but also refers to his 1983 hit ‘Uptown Girl,” the outlet reported.
The article also claimed Rodrigo “brought down the house,” before noting that “it wasn’t even her gig.” You be the judge, paying close attention to Joel’s face:
Olivia Rodrigo performs “deja vu” alongside Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden https://t.co/0mBVBoEib1 pic.twitter.com/yUFTrH7ySE
— Variety (@Variety) August 25, 2022
On a positive note, there was this offer of encouragement for Rodrigo, presented without commentary:
I like how you can hear the smile in her voice. Imo, being pitch perfect is not quite as important for a live performer as them being visibly happy & genuine in there emotional expression.
— Matt Nemeth (@MattJNemeth) August 27, 2022
Here’s a quick sampling of reactions to the story from Twitter offering some hope that talent could make a comeback someday in America
He was not satisfied…. pic.twitter.com/ngGwfjEl7k
— Totaldramaislandreject (@sleeptodream23) August 28, 2022
“wtf dis gal doin?” – Billy Joel pic.twitter.com/NfUeGYrFdH
— ⚡OG (@Randy_Shannon) August 29, 2022
Holy crap even I can sing better than that and I can’t sing.
— Climate Warrior🐬 #ClimateJustice🇵🇸#BDS⚧️ 🌈🇺🇦 (@ClimateWarrior7) August 29, 2022
we blame taylor swift for this
— isaac (@pusscarey) August 25, 2022
Ouch. I’d be so mad if I went to see Billy Joel and this girl came out.
— Dr. Jebra Faushay PhD (@JebraFaushay) August 26, 2022
I’m so tired of this non-singer era. Get a vocal teacher or stay off stage. https://t.co/oHGN15mV02
— Chronic Complainer (@daanegro) August 28, 2022
this is how you want billy joel to look at you when singing next to him 😅 https://t.co/Q0xw0Pibvl pic.twitter.com/rhP4hWd5on
— romeo (@mileytric) August 28, 2022
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