Baby, baby, be my girl dakishimetai Be my girl omae ga hohoemeba subete ga uwa no sora 10 Megumi no Hito Average: 8,68 Highest scorers: 10x5 (@abael, @Yeziirl, @Ana Raquel, @Music Is Life and @me!), 9,5x1 (@Osiris) Lowest scorers: 7x1 (@soratami), 7,5x1 (@Remorque) My score: lookie above Spoiler: Leaderboard History 5 voters: #4, 9,10 avg. 10 voters: #6, 8,95 avg. 15 voters: #8, 8,80 avg. 18 voters: #10, 8,68 avg. Finally a song that all our usual lower scorers appreciate! Written by Urino Masao (a lot of songs in 80s and 90s) and produced by Inoue Daisuke (some album tracks for Nakamori Akina), the song was originally performed by the group RATS & STAR in 1983. The original song is one of the signature songs of the group, as it was a big hit in Japan, getting to #1 on Oricon charts and becoming the 10th best-selling single of 1983. Kumi's version was recorded in 2010 for her first cover album "ETERNITY ~Love & Songs~". Later the track would receive a music video, which would be included on the DVD coupled with "Dejavu". Kuu looks stunning in it and showcases some cute choreography, that was inspired by the original one. In 2018 a sped-up version of Kumi's take on the track gained traction on TikTok, which led to it getting some exposure, live performances resurgence and digital sales. We love a sleeper hit. Speaking of love, there is a lot to love here. The quirky funky pace, the delicious synths and the catchy beat, Kumi's delivery - she did it again, made the song hers. This time the arrangement was done by Alfred "The Angel" Tuoheny (Aoyama Thelma's "I'm Sorry") and he most definitely did a splendid job. So the lyrical content this time around is about a bombshell, who is to die for: Charming, sweet baby You're a firefighter, aren't you? The beach is suddenly in panic at the news of you (c) @otenkiame As @otenkiame explains, Do my elimination posts set you on fire? @otenkiame (8) just has to mirror my sentiment at this point, "Great bop with great hooks! The "me" part gets me every single time, and that's the tea. Seriously, though, I'm so happy that Kuu takes such a fun approach with this electropop bop. It suits her so much and her enthusiasm and enjoyment totally shine through into the track. It's become a sleeper hit for her for a reason." @vague (8,75) heard some LGBT+ undertones, I assume, "a lezzie anthem? love to see it" Well, yeah, she does ask the girl to be hers. @Music Is Life (10) was stomping along the block to this, "I wanna strut and dance down the street to this production." @Yeziirl (10) appreciated the popularity resurgence as well, "iconic, it's cute but not overly annoying and very enjoyable. Kumi making tik Tok great again!" Honestly, I tried to understand what @abael (10) said for good 10 minutes, and still came up with nothing, "This has to be the best bpm to English lyrics ratio on this rate. Love." Ever since the initial release and added TikTok exposure, this became one of the most performed songs of Kumi's. Let's watch this "Billboard Live" one. Dddd, not the original group having blackface as their schtick... And, of course, some TikTok's, a couple of them with Kumi herself.