Wednesday was a surprisingly good night for music on television. Raphael Saadiq performed on the ESPYs (hopefully video will show up online soon), and Best Week Ever favorite David Cook performed “The Last Goodbye” on Leno. And the new song Gomez played on Letterman has a killer bridge. But we were most curious to see Joe Jonas perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, especially after the coverage of his Brooklyn performance last week.
His rendition of “See No More” did not disappoint. Comparisons to Justin Timberlake are perhaps overstated, but they’re not off the mark. Jonas has the charisma to pull off a televised vocal performance of a largely digitally programmed song like this dance-pop single, and adapt it for a backing band (as he did last night). Plus this song, cowritten by Chris Brown, allows us to appreciate that R&B singer’s musical talent without having to reconcile it with his public behavior. We do have to agree with Jonas’s critics, though: ditch the backup dancers, Joe. They’re talented folks, but they distract and detract from your performance. Overall, though, “See No More” bodes well for the rest of the forthcoming solo LP.
Elsewhere on television…
The Late Show with David Letterman: Gomez, “Options”
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: David Cook, “The Last Goodbye”