Check out Megan Hilty’s cover of Carrie Underwood’s “Crazy Dreams”, set to air on Smash on Monday, February 13th.
THR has the audio of Megan Hilty’s character Ivy singing “Crazy Dreams” for Smash’s 2nd episode, called “Callbacks”. “Crazy Dreams” is an album track from Carnival Ride (Carrie’s sophomore album) that Carrie cowrote with Barry Dean and Troy Verges.
Megan’s version is a very different version than Carrie’s. Carrie’s is uptempo, country/pop with banjo and fiddle, and joyful – it’s about the fulfillment of some ‘crazy dreams’ and reads as a reaction to everything that’s happened because of American Idol. Megan’s is a piano based torchy ballad and kind of melancholy. To speculate: could this be a sarcastic and sad response to her competition with Katharine McPhee’s Karen Cartwright (the ingenue) for the lead role of Marilyn Monroe in a new Broadway musical? Could it be the resigned musings of a frustrated chorus girl who’s beginning to lose hope she’ll ever break through to a lead role?
Here’s Carrie’s original version on youtube:
Fun fact: this is the 3rd album track from Carnival Ride to be covered on TV in just the past year: Lauren Alaina covered “Flat On The Floor” on Season 10 of American Idol, and Kelly Clarkson covered “I Know You Won’t” for VH1 Unplugged (her cover is now a staple on her Stronger tour). Previously, Kristin Chenoweth covered Carrie’s hit “Last Name” on Glee and Matt Giraud reworked the lead single from Carnival Ride “So Small” for an American Idol performance. Both “So Small” and “Last Name” hit #1 at country radio.
Smash airs Monday on NBC at 10 PM Eastern/9 PM Central following The Voice.