Take Cover: Katy Perry's 'Wide Awake'

Rolling Stone's Jenny Eliscu grades the YouTube stars covering today's hot songs

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Julia Farrington

YouTube Channel: fakinglights

Blonde looker Julia Farrington is easy on the eyes, less so on the ears. Singing to a chintzy backing track in her bedroom, she gives the Katy Perry tune Sarah Bareilles inflections. She starts strong, but as she falls in and out of the song's original melody, her attempted vocal flourishes begin fail to camouflage how much she's struggling to sing the tune. Overall, the clip feels half-assed, with Farrington too obviously consulting the lyrics. If she had memorized the song and kept the clip to two minutes or less, it would have made for a considerably more watchable rendition.

Presentation: C+

Performance: B-

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