Dolly Parton’s classic “Jolene” love triangle hit has been covered by everyone from pop stars Olivia Newton-JohnAnd the Miley CyrusAnd the Lil Nas X for alternate groups White linesThe Sisters of mercyAnd the strawberry switchblade In 2017, country singer Cam released an inverted response song, “Diane“Telling the tale from Jolene’s point of view. But there was never a Dolly song spin in the ’70s quite like “You Can Have Him, Jolene,” a new sequel that was shown on american talents This week by the country family trilogy Chapel Hart.
“The song ‘Jolene’ inspired us, and we just love the story,” said Chapel Hart’s lead singer, Danica Hart. AGT Tuesday board. “We figured, though, from 1973 to 2022, we can Not They are still fighting over the same man! So, we decided to tell her: “You can only have it, Jolene!”
“Well, since the last song, I’ve had time to think about it / So many tears, so much beer, so much wine. … I’m tired of second chances, and these sad circumstances / It’s your problem, and good luck keeping him at home, The impudent ladies of the Chapel Hart—Danica, her sister Devin Hart, and their cousin, Tria Swindle—are bound in impeccable style by Three Parts Harmony. “Oh, Jolene, you can have it because it doesn’t mean much to me. … When you think he’s in love, he definitely left / Like he did to me.”
And the heroine of Chapel Heart’s modern-day empowerment tune got her happy ending — plus a bit of a “before he cheats” revenge. “I took my keys and threw it outside his door / I found a man who loves me and will give me everything I need / What more could any woman ask for?” The women sang alive AGT The audience became unruly.
“The energy here is amazing,” host Terry Crews noted. “Oh my God! Believe me, I needed you today. That was awesome,” said Judge Simon Cowell politely.
The Mississippi-born/New Orleans-based trio was named one of CMT’s “Next Country Women” artists last year, and they’ve released two independent albums and five singles—one of them, “Jesus & Alcohol,” even ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons on guitar and Debbie Allen in the music video. However, Chapel Hart somehow remained unsigned, which surprised industry veteran Simon understandably.
“We’ve been trying to break into Nashville for the past couple of years, but it’s been kind of hard when I think country music doesn’t always look like us,” explained Danica—who, like Devin and Tria, Black—through tears, as Devin gently wipes her face. To this, Simon emphasized, “Sometimes you just have to break that door, and you might as well have smashed the door with that performance.” Judge Hui Mandel added, “You’re saying country music doesn’t look like you? This is for you win over. Because you will be the original.”
Both of the show’s solo Golden Buzzers were used up weeks ago during this talent-packed season—which both Simon and Heidi Klum lamented, saying they would have used their Golden Buzzers in Chapel Hart if they still could. But there was an easy solution: After a quick meeting between Terry and all four judges, they unanimously decided to use Collection Golden bell on the triple country. (This was the only second time this happened in AGT Date; The Golden Buzzer was introduced last season in response to opera prodigy Victory Brinker.)
Then it rained confetti on Danica, Devin, and the tearful Tria hugging and living with the judges. “There are little girls in Poplarville, miss, who think it’s not possible, but we do!” Tria is declared victorious.
It remains to be seen if Chapel Hart can win american talentsBut after performing that dynamite figure for one of network TV’s biggest audiences, he likely won’t be without a big record deal for long. As Nashville fortunately becomes more open and inclusive—note the recent success of country black artists like Mickey Gayton, Jimmy Allen, Ken Brown, Yola, Rhiannon Giddens, Alison Russell, Amethyst Kea, Breeland, Valerie John, and others—it seems like Chapel’s time has finally come for Hart. And I think Dolly Parton herself would agree.
As for other notable performers, they include ragged singer-songwriter Sam Serry, whom Heidi called “if Rod Stewart and John Mayer had a baby” (I’m thinking more of Lewis Capaldi/Michael MacDonald Lovechild, actually); Ballet After Dark, a troupe of abuse survivors who find healing through dance; Ukrainian pilot Svetlana Rohozhina; viral folk artist Amanda Mamana, who uses music to overcome her speech disability; Second-generation circus player Jack the Webber, who somehow convinced Simon to take part in a whip-breaking stunt below the belt that could have ended very oblique; And the Donkey-esque Brits the Lazy Generation, who received a standing ovation from Simon after they splashed hot sauce in their eyes, scattered paper clips all over the stage floor, and engaged in a pillow fight while being electrocuted. (Believe me, it was a lot of fun – but don’t try it at home or across the pond.)
See you next week, like american talents Season 17 auditions continue.
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