“Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson is one of the most iconic songs of our time. It has been butchered by many artists and just about everyone in karaoke bars around the world. This live cover by Jason Mraz and Nikki Kerkhof (winner of the Dutch version of Idols), is an exception and one of my favorites. I am very biased in that I’ve been a fan of Jason Mraz for a long time, butÂ by any measure, thisÂ version is very impressive. Both artists are singers and really interpret the song and add their own style and flavor, without really changing the moments of the song that made itÂ a classic.
This version was thrown together during the commercial break and was more or less an improvisation. When I first heard this version a while back, I had it on repeat for days, and am still impressed by it. One of my favorite parts of the song is at the 2:13 mark, when Nikki gives the next line to Jason. I also really like the vocals and “oooohs” by Jason Mraz – he is uber talented. The two voices blend really well and complement the other. It is apparent that they two are talented and had fun. (I also like the curse word at the 3:22 mark, or at least I think it is a curse word.)