Next up for Rachel was the Avril Lavigne track ‘I’m With You’. I was really quite concerned when I heard what they had chosen for her because it’s not a song that many people know. I also didn’t think it was the type of song that was likely to encourage voters in a competition like I’d Do Anything. It is therefore testament to her skills as a performer that she managed to imbue the song with some emotional clout, and sure enough she got blanket good responses from the judges once again. Barry Humphries even thought it was her best performance so far.
John Barrowman said: “Rachel you have set the bar for tonight. If we’re talking about telling a story and words and everything, that was a story.”
Barry Humphris said: “Rachel I agree, I think that was your best performance so far in the competition.”
Denise Van Outen said: ”Ok Rachel; a very strong performance again from you. Week after week you are very consistent and you act very well. You’ve had a couple of really intense songs over the past couple of weeks, so now I’m setting you a challenge. I want to see something a little bit warmer from you, a little bit more playful so I can understand the relationship between Nancy, Oliver, Dodger and the boys.”
Andrew Lloyd Webber concluded the comments saying: “Rachel I’ve always said that money notes have got to be made real and they’ve got to be about acting. You made them real, thank you very much; you’ve given us the bench mark performance.”
Not, I have to admit, one of my favourite songs, but let's be honest, our Rachel could make 'Agadoo' sound good.
I particularly love the delivery of the final line. Rachel has a fantastic 'straight to camera' look and this is the perfect example.
Watch the video below and judge for yourself.