Can Anastacia score a U.S. hit with 'I Can Feel You'?

Like a campaign director for a tiny third-party candidate, I continue to try to get out the pop-music vote for American-born, "big in Europe only" diva Anastacia, whose new single "I Can Feel You" recently reached No. 1 on the Slovenian airplay chart, according to Wikipedia.

Okay, typing the words "No. 1 on the Slovenian airplay chart" hurts worse than dunking a fresh paper cut in jalapeƱo juice, but Anastacia’s first step toward global airplay domination has to start somewhere. Heck, I’ve been waiting for her to break out since she was a finalist on MTV’s pre-American Idol singing contest The Cut (hosted by Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes) back in the late ’90s, and she’s come close with minor hits like "I’m Outta Love" and "One Day in Your Life," a much-panned -hyped duet with Celine Dion on Divas Las Vegas, even noteworthy spots on the Fantastic Four and Chicago soundtracks.

And while I realize "I Can Feel You" faces an uphill battle if and when it’s released to U.S. radio, I can still dream, can’t I? Sure, the video below has the production value of a local car dealership ad, features awkward bouts of chair-dancing, and makes its star look something like a drag queen impersonating Jennifer Coolidge (especially in that final setup with the feathery jacket), but there’s still nothing quite like the sound of Anastacia’s husky vocals paired with a hummable melody and a jaunty dance beat. Who’s with me on this one? Vote for (or against) "I Can Feel You" in the comments section below!

More on Anastacia, underrated divas:
Music Review: Anastacia’s ‘Freak of Nature’
Meet new singing sensation Anastacia
Why Wasn’t This a Huge Hit?: Jordin Sparks collaborator Amanda Ghost’s ‘Filthy Mind’

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  • jackburton

    Not if I have anything to say about it. I still remember her screwing up our national anthem during the mlb all-stars a few years back and then laughing it off as if it was no big deal. Even amateurs take the time to learn the lyrics, and this “professional” singer couldn’t even be bothered. Whatever. Stay in Europe where you belong. We don’t need your kind here.

  • Nancy

    It’s actually not bad. Isn’t this being played in the clubs? If not, it should be.

  • jerneja

    greetings from slovenia:)
    but i doubt this song is no. 1 over here, because i haven`t heard it anywhere.

  • DK

    I LOVE Anastacia – I’d be thrilled to see her succeed in the states!

  • QuestLuv

    Love me some Anastacia. I’ve been a fan eversince I saw her on The Cut singing “Not That Kind.” But if she wants to break out, this album isn’t going to do it. I like it least of all the ones she’s done, my favortie is Freak of Nature! But she’s cool, has a great voice but her music sounds so European which isn’t a bad thing or a good thing. I love her and this is probably the best song on her album, so support where you can but her look and voice and songs are where they will flourish most and that’s right where she is.

  • SteveZ

    Sorry this terrible. The voice is over the top and not appealing. She is a hot mess and it’s time to give up on gutterbut divas. Better options. RES-NENEH CHERRY

  • Annie

    I saw her on The Graham Norton Show on Saturday and I thought she did a great job with the song, and even sounded good singing live.

  • b0bbyr0we

    She’s talented, but I don’t think this is gonna do it. Sorry Slezak.

  • Nose

    Slezak, stop trying to make this woman happen!! That goes for Fantasia too! So she’s the female David Hasselhoff, who cares?

  • Moxie

    I love the Freak of Nature cd! I wish it could “happen” for Anastacia…I think her whiskey/husky voice is amazing.

  • Laurie

    Love it! Thanks for pimping it. New music is about the only thing that helps distract me from the election. So nervous!

  • Constance

    If Left Outside Alone didnt make it here, I don’t believe any of her songs will.

  • sarah

    i love it, i hope she gets a number one, maybe when heavy rotation is released as a single that might make it to number one ;)

  • Lea

    I love me some Anastacia.I love her voice.I’m going to name my first born daughter Anastacia.I don’t care how old she really is or pretending to be.I have the “Freak of Nature” cd and I still listen to it to this day.I like this video too (except for the scene where she was wearing the fur coat and dancing…could’ve left that part out)I would buy her new cd. They should let her come to America and try to promote it.Has she had any other cds in America?I haven’t seen or heard anything since “freak of Nature”.Would’ve bought them if I had.P.S.If she’s reading this I think she should have the surgery.Your health should always come first. Love you girl…do your thing.

  • Elizabeth

    Its stuff like this that makes me miss having Much Music on my cable package.

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