Who Did “Disgusting” Better—iCarly Or iKe$ha?

Becky Bain | April 22, 2010 4:18 pm

Miranda Cosgrove is readying her debut album Sparks Fly, and another track of the iCarly star has surfaced—the forlorn love song “Disgusting,” co-written (and recorded as a demo) by none other than everyone’s favorite laser harp player Ke$ha! Compare and contrast the two versions of “Disgusting” below and see if you find either version’s title to be more than appropriate.

Here’s Ke$ha:

[wpaudio url=”//idolator.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/kesha-disgusting.mp3″ text=”Ke$ha – Disgusting” dl=”0″] Here’s Miranda: [wpaudio url=”//idolator.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/03-Disgusting.mp3″ text=”Miranda Cosgrove – Disgusting” dl=”0″] Okay, first of all, can we say what a bad title “Disgusting” is for a love song? It’s just a straight up horrible song title for a track that isn’t about getting freaky in an underground club or being treated badly by an a-hole lover.

But we digress. “Disgusting” is a little synth-pop track that sounds straight out of Debbie Gibson’s repertoire. (If you’re too young to know who 80s teen pop sensation Debbie Gibson is, here’s her Wiki, and thanks for making me feel old.) So who’s take on the yearning rock-lite track do we prefer? Although we think Cosgrove does a pretty solid job and showcases some strong vocals (aided by Auto-Tune, how Ke$ha of her), we think the “Tik Tok” gal’s gritty-and-grimy persona fits a song called “Disgusting” better than Miranda’s mostly squeaky-clean personality. Then again, this album might help the Nickelodeon star gain a bit of edge like her fellow teen pop star peer Demi Lovato has been able to do with her mostly rockin’ album and hip collaborations.

It’s interesting that Miranda took on a song first recorded as a demo by Ke$ha, since we compared Miranda’s song “Kissin’ U” to the similar sounding “Dancing With Tears In My Eyes” off of K$’s Animal. Is this the kind of pop star that Team Miranda is trying to morph the teen actress/singer into? If so, they’re going to need a whole lot more glitter and neon face paint.