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Celine Dion Covers Adele's 'Hello' Badly at New Year's Eve Show

by William Hoffman   Jan 2, 2016 18:37 PM EST

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Celine Dion gets a lot of flack, some warranted and some that's just over the top, but her cover of Adele's "Hello" is certainly deserving of some criticism as she stumbled through the notes on New Year's Eve.

Dion was bringing in 2016 at a Las Vegas show this week and fans were ecstatic when she said, "I'd like Adele to be part of our New Year's Eve." Of course, the record-breaking singer was not actually in attendance for the concert. It was just a cruel prank pulled by Dion on the rest of the audience. She teased the crowd by calling out to Adele from the stage but ultimately reassured everyone the "Hello" singer was not actually there. Way to start the New Year Dion!

She only sings the opening verse and one chorus but that's plenty to understand that not everyone is made out to cover Adele. Notes are just objectively off pitch, especially if a note ever skips up mildly high. Adele does a fantastic job on "Hello" of showing off her low register especially on the verses where she seamlessly makes sporadic jumps into her higher register.

Dion is not so elegant in that execution. It's actually not until the chorus where she gets closer in pitch. However, long-time critics will note in the chorus her usual abrupt cut off of notes, which has long been parodied. But, given that she introduced the song as a cover performed in good fun for the night, and apparently didn't know the other two-thirds of the song, some of this can be given a pass. After all, the fans in the crowd sure sounded like they enjoyed it.

Watch the performance below.

As Billboard notes, she has previously covered Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." This cover has the opposite problem of sounding bad on the chorus and better on the verses. Listen to that cover below.

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