NBC's singing competition show American Song Contest is nearing the end of its first season in the coming weeks. All artists from 50 states, five U.S. territories and Washington, D.C. have finally performed and the live semi-finals are next before a winner is crowned. Last week's episode was punctuated by a rousing performance by Sisqo who represented for the state of Maryland – and more specifically his hometown of Baltimore – with his song "It's Up."
Sisqo brought the razzle dazzle and a little Baltimore Club to American Song Contest with "It's Up." Charm City's house music hybrid took over primetime with booty-popping bass and increased BPMs. "Look at the roof, the roof is on fire / I'm from the home, the home of The Wire," Sisqo sang to open his festive performance, flanked by four dancers dressed identically in shiny red bombers over black outfits.
The 43-year-old "Thong Song" singer danced like a man half his age and showed that he's still got it, staying in step with his dancers and keeping up with the choreography. Due to the choreo, he didn't appear to be singing live, which was a pity because anyone who's seen Sisqo perform with his group Dru Hill in recent years knows that he's still got it vocally, too.
We'll find out tonight if Sisqo makes it to the semi-finals to join fellow professionals Allen Stone and Michael Bolton. Given some of the bland artists who've made it to the semi-finals, we're not sure about his chances, but Sisqo definitely got our vote by bringing this sub-genre of Black music to our television screens.
Listen to "It's Up" and watch Sisqo command the stage below.