Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better) Breakdown ~ BoTB Results

If you didn't come by to vote in the battle on November 15, well you missed out (but you can still check it out). What fun!

The song was Anything You Can You Do (I Can Do Better). If you've seen the play or movie, Frank and Annie are both excellent marksmen who work together for a time in a traveling show. Then ego gets the best of them and it's splitsville. During their separation they realize how much they miss one another, but they can't even get through their "I miss you and let's get back together" before they fight and this song happened (Anything You Can Do). If you recall from the first clip Annie was calling for a contest to happen on the following day to prove who was better once and for all before all the singing started.

It all sort of reminded me of my favorite episode from the iconic series Seinfeld. Without ruining it for you (I hope), the ending was much the same as well.

Frank, for very different reasons than Kramer, decided he was out of the bet. The entire show/movie is entertaining, so I highly recommend watching it! You won't be disappointed. Plus, the music is tops (written by Irving Berlin).

So, how did the voting shake out in this battle???

It was a bit confusing. My fault. Apologies. I think most of you were clear on the who sang it better versus the performance vote. If you only voted once, I credited both of your votes in the same place. For example, if you voted for Keel and Hutton without distinction I gave them a vote in both the song and performance category on your behalf and no vote at all for Frank or Annie. Speaking of the vote for Frank or Annie... that was the confusing part. What I MEANT was who won the battle the way that Irving Berlin wrote the song in your opinion, Frank or Annie? Or do you think he designed it as a tie? But your interpretation of what I meant was fascinating, so I let you run with it.


Keel & Hutton: 8
Barrowman & Henshall: 12 WINNER

These numbers include my vote, which was for Barrowman and Henshall. I think the movie version is A plus, so imagine my delight when I found the clip on YouTube of Barrowman and Henshall singing this song. I listened to many versions of this song thinking I was going to have to use something OTHER than the movie clip (because it would decimate everything else), and then I found this gem. And it was ON. Suddenly I had a battle. I think the voting from you guys reflects that as well!!!


Keel & Hutton: 11 WINNER
Barrowman & Henshall: 9

These numbers also include my vote, which was again for Barrowman and Henshall. I had a tougher time on this decision than the other one. It was a neck and neck decision for me, and I almost went the other way on it. I just love the Barrowman/Henshall version so much. It's the one that makes me laugh. I can't tell you how many times I've watched it now. What I love, though, is that in both of these races the numbers were close, AND that one version won song while the other won performance. That really says it all about how much you guys loved BOTH of these offerings.


Many of you just opted out of this one. Some of you got very specific. Not just Frank or just Annie. But Annie from the movie or Henshall's Annie. I love you guys. Seriously. You make my day more than you know. Poor Frank got his gun handed to him in this contest. Annie whooped him fair and square. 11 said Annie won. 3 said Frank won. Some of you had no opinion. I don't think anyone said it was a tie except for ME. I think it was a tie. I think that Irving Berlin wrote the song in such a way that was intended to leave the watcher feeling like they were equals at the end of the whole thing. Equally silly. Equally hot tempered. Equally pigheaded. Equally talented. And, in the end, equally in love. After all, who doesn't want someone who will outlove them in the end??? And that is Frank and Annie, unless they kill each other first!

So, what say you? Did you enjoy this battle of the bands? This song? The movie/play? I feel a bit like Frasier... but, talk to me... I'm listening. (Yeah, I know... this blog is turning into a sitcom. So not funny.)


    This was indeed a fun multi-layered BOTB. Although I would never want to see the standard BOTB format replaced, it's neat to mix it up once in awhile with a "Twisted BOTB" contest. It helps to keep it fresh and give it a shot of pizzazz every so often.

    In fact, my next Battle will also be a "Twisted BOTB", but not as "twisted" as THIS one was! Ha!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

  2. This showed off both your innate creativity and fun spirit, and our inability to follow directions...

  3. I thoroughly enjoyed this battle! I went with the film version and always will take Howard Keel over Betty Hutton. I had a big crush on Howard Keel when I was young....I was a weird kid:)

  4. This was such a fun battle Robin. I'm glad so many of us had fun with it. Happy Thanksgiving to you! Hope you have a fabulous holiday weekend,

    Michele at Angels Bark

  5. I guess I got a little confused, but I think I was distracted and confused going into the Battle and I will probably remain that way for the rest of my life. It's fun to change things up now and then.

    It's been many years since I've seen the film--if I've even seen it in its entirety. I'll have to watch for it next time it shows up on TCM. I did see a high school production of the show back around 1971 or so in Vonore, TN when a girl I was dating was playing an Indian girl in the show. She didn't have any speaking role (she was rather shy), but I wanted to show up to support her in it. I think she was glad that I showed up since I think she probably wanted her classmates to see that she was dating a college guy. Haven't seen that girl in many many years though her sister is married to one of my best friends. They say she got married and had a few kids and she and her husband became missionaries. She was very religious when I knew her so I'm not overly surprised.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  6. I had a lot of fun with this battle. I'm in for more show tunes! Happy Thanksgiving Robin. I hope your health is improving.

  7. I had considered the possibility of using this song for a battle. One of my favorite versions is the one I saw in person: Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat. Obviously, I think your choice was a good one since great minds think alike.



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