Jordin Sparks, Matthew Morrison - A Capitol 4th - VIDEO

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American Idol Season 7 winner, Jordin Sparks and Glee’s Matthew Morrison perform live tonight on A Capitol 4th, airing on PBS stations.   Jimmy Smits hosts the show.

I’m cutting video and will put it up as it’s ready.

Jordin Sparks kicks of the show with The National Anthem

Matthew Morrison performs the Kris Allen co-write, “Still Got Tonight”

Matthew Morrison sings “Tonight” from West Side Story with fellow Broadway star, Kelli O’Hara

Jordin Sparks sings “Beauty and the Beast” from the Disney film. Mark Ballas and Chelsie Hightower dance

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  • jdanton2

    Jordin always does an amazing job of the National Anthem . she has another song coming up as well which is Beauty And The Beast.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Another stellar SSB by Jordin. Among Idols, she’s up there with Kelly and Carrie in consistently singing the national anthem really well.

  • Barometz02

    “Still Got Tonight” is a crap song and Matthew Morrison’s facial expressions are annoying.

  • girlygirl

    so aside from the NA, did anyone sing anything even remotely patriotic in this concert?

    I continue to hope Morrison’s label will send SGT to radio, even though it’s not close to being the best song I’ve ever heard. It’s still much better than his first single, and that went Top 20 on AC chart…

  • sr4mjc

    Kelli O’Hara is a goddess. That is all. :) Matthew Morrison sounds horrible on Still Got Tonight. Pitchy dawg. He sounds much more comfortable singing WSS, he should stick to that.

    ETA: Jordin sounds lovely!

  • Eileen99

    I agree, Jordin always is amazing on the Anthem.

    Congratulations Kris! Keep adding to that songwriting resume.

  • Elliegrll

    I continue to hope Morrison’s label will send SGT to radio, even though it’s not close to being the best song I’ve ever heard. It’s still much better than his first single, and that went Top 20 on AC chart…

    Given how his album has performed, I think they are going to be wary about spending any more money on him.

  • Pippygirl

    Still Got Tonight is much better than Morrison’s first single but that was not a great performance imo. The thing is that for the life of me I cannot imaging Kris singing that song. I really wish there was a demo of him singing it that was being circulated.

  • halo9125

    Running commentary on the concert from my mother (who is 87 going on 18):

    On Jordin Sparks’ SBB: “Did she win American Idol? Because I like the way Pia sang this so much better.”

    On Matthew Morrison:” I love this song, and he is adorable- except for his chin”

    On Beauty and the Beast: “OK, she does have a good voice- and Pia’s boyfriend has a cute tush”

    All I can say is thank goodness for alcohol, and MJ, let me know if you ever need a guest blogger, lol.

  • jdanton2

    thanks MJ for posting the Jordin video’s . i love her version of Beauty And The Beast much more than the earlier ones.

  • Pixie Baker

    So proud of Jordin tonight….she looked and sang beautifully! I just don’t like Morrison’s singing and thought it odd to sing SGT…..I am not a fan of the song although have to agree, it was better than his first release.
    Kelli O’Hara has an amazing voice….wouldn’t it have been incredible if she had sung with Josh G? All in all, we enjoyed the show! Someday I hope to make it to DC for the fourth!

  • ross

    saw this tweet from someone at the concert:

    LauraDonovanUA
    The dickhead from “glee” is singing, but I love his song! #cap4thpbs

    Kelli O’Hara has an amazing voice….wouldn’t it have been incredible if she had sung with Josh G?

    No, I thought they were paired because they’ve both starred in Broadway musicals. It was a Broadway song.

  • Pixie Baker

    Josh G has (covered) sung some incredible Broadway hits……still think they would have sounded amazing together. :) I am a fan of Kelli as of tonight……such clear voice!

  • sr4mjc

    No. I think they were paired because they’ve both starred in Broadway musicals.

    Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Morrison were in The Light in the Piazza together.

  • ross

    Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Morrison were in The Light in the Piazza together.

    Oh, gee, I should have known that – I heard the album. (I’ve seen the old movie – but not the show itself.)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m not fond of SGT and not a fan of Matthew Morrison (although he did sound great in that duet). This is the first time I’ve seen Kelli O’Hara perform, and she’s just wonderful!

  • Falfor

    Jordan looked gorgeous and she has such a beautiful voice. She did an excellent job. Best I’ve heard in awhile. I do hope Matt Morrison releases this song. He started out a little off, but then picked up in the middle and end. It’s boppy and I like it more than Summer Rain. His duet was great. Kelli has a beautiful voice. And good grief, Little Richard is 78 years old. Still going, still performing. Still remembering the words. Good for him. Josh Groban has a wonderful voice. I could listen to him forever. Good show. Wish I could have been there.

  • almondean88

    Ross
    Thanks for the mention in the Headline thread that Matthew was singing SGT. I did not plan on watching the concert, but I’m a fan of Kris Allen and I was thrilled that Matthew Morrison chose to sing SGT for his solo at the concert. I watched the later broad cast of the concert to see Matt’s performance. I do like SGT, although I felt his performance on Glee was better than tonight. So Kris and his music have appeared at both the big DC concerts this summer, pretty cool.

  • ross

    So Kris and his music have appeared at both the big DC concerts this summer, pretty cool.

    Yes, I was thinking the same thing, almondean88. Also it was cool to hear the song arranged for orchestra, and played by the National Symphony.

    I do like SGT

    I like it a lot. I just like the soulful pop quality, and I think it has a nice hook and good melody. I don’t think he sang it great tonight, though he put it across well, as a performer.

  • Eileen99

    I thought Matt’s performance of SGT on the UK SYTYCD was better than this, but what do you do. It was nice hearing it with the orchestra backing him up, though, as Ross said. I really liked the West Side Story duet, thought that was great.

    And I love Josh Groban.

  • Ratna12

    Jordin’s NA was really great, what a great great voice and she looks great too.

    Yay Kris ! great job. Remind me about one of the Q& A from Alive about his songwriting. Kris must be so proud .

    I actually like SGT, eventhough not really a fan of Matt but he did a good job. That song has some high notes though, so it must be hard to sing.

    Kellie O’Hara has such a clear voice, perfect for a Broadway singer.

  • girlygirl

    well Matthew Morrison’s album got a bump. It wasn’t in the iTunes Top 1000 this afternoon, but it’s at #596 now (no sign of SGT on singles chart, though)

  • jordison

    I was hoping that Jordin would join Josh for a duet. In 2009 at Celebrity Fight Night they did a terrific unrehearsed Bridge Over Troubled Waters together at David Foster’s request.

    Jordin did great tonight, as well as Mark and Chelsie.

  • Grammie Kari

    On Jordin Sparks’ SBB: “Did she win American Idol? Because I like the way Pia sang this so much better.”

    So, there was someone who thought the same thing as I did. I am excited for Jordan on her weight loss but that was not the most flattering dress. I still think she’s a sweet girl.

    I enjoyed Matthew Morrison’s performances and hope to see more of him.

  • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

    jordin did a beautiful job on both songs

    shes such an amazing singer and beautiful girl inside and out :)

  • dy77

    I was at the Memorial Day thing. Being in DC, I stay away from DC on the Fourth of July and didn’t go to rehearsal because of the forecast. So just judged the anthem from the TV and I would say Jordin was much better than Pia. A certain warmth is there in Jordin’s performance that I appreciate, much more than Pia’s scripted arm movements that made me have to stifle a giggle during the anthem.

    Matt Morrison – thought he did a better job on the West Side Story song. Loved Kelli O’Hara! And as a Kris fan, I agree it was fun to hear SGT arranged and performed by the National Symphony Orchestra and Matt for a national TV audience! I also thought Matt had a few vocal issues, but I don’t think the audience really noticed and he sold the performance. On my ipod, I do like the song a lot.

  • Grammie Kari

    I apologize for my comments on Jordin’s dress. I appreciate the comment about the warmth exhibited in Jordin’s version. She did a nice job.

  • gabriel oak

    All I could think of when I watched Morrison singing Kris Allen’s song was that Kris would do it better.

    But Morrison is his element singing Tonight with Kelli O’Hara. Plus they have that chemistry appearing together on stage in The Light in the Piazza and South Pacific. I saw them in both those shows and they are wonderful together.

  • Sasi

    Kelly Clarkson does the NA best, but Jordin did a nice job. Mathew Morrison is awful. Did Jimmy Smits get a facelift? He looks so strange now.