How many times have you seen Al Roker on TV and thought to yourself, “I wish I could hear that guy sing”? Our guess: none. Now how many times have you seen Matt Lauer and thought the same thing? That depends – can you think something a negative number of times?
Well, want to or not, now you will hear them sing. The whole Today Show crew – Roker, Lauer, Ann Curry, and Merideth Vieira – teamed up with a cappella YouTube star Mike Tompkins, who we last heard cover “Teenage Dream.” His cover of Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” inspired the morning show hosts to try to recreate the video themselves as part of their “Today Show Goes Viral” week. Their version comes pretty close, with one minor difference: Mike Tompkins can actually sing.
Tomkins’ production pushes the final product as far as it can, but even generous Auto-Tune cannot save Vieira’s pitch. It’s all in good fun though and Roker’s “yeppp” makes me chuckle every time. Watch it below along with Tomkins’ original. The finished product starts at 6:06, but watch the whole segment if you have time.
Mike Tompkins – Dynamite (Taio Cruz cover)
Check out more at the Today Show website.