As we near the debut of Elton John’s greatest hit cover albums, Revamp and Restoration, Demi Lovato and hip hop artist Q-Tip have released an early cover of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” from Revamp. They’ve also released a music video to accompany the cover — and in the spirit of all things homosexual, it’s filled with voguing, twirling, and about fifty other forms of being queer AF.
“It’s always a huge compliment when an artist loves your song enough to take the time and effort to rework it,” said Elton in a statement about Revamp and Restoration, which will also feature covers by Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Sam Smith, Florence + The Machine, and Dolly Parton. Revamp will reportedly maintain a pop frequency, while Restoration will strike a distinctively country tone, with covers from Miley Cyrus and Miranda Lambert in addition to the aforementioned Parton.
As for Demi and Q-Tip’s cover of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” it brings a groovy mix of Motown and even Amy Winehouse vibes to the classic duet. It definitely isn’t the Ella Enchanted cover.
The accompanying video, included below, features a cast of ripped dancers voguing, twerking, death dropping, flexing, and cartwheeling their way across a dance floor in the spirit of the ball scenes of New York City, Paris, and London. Naturally, there are lots of abs, shiny outfits, mesh tops, reading glasses, berets, face-beating sessions, clapping, fanning, and rubber — and even some acrobatics of the vocal variety, courtesy of Lovato in the final minutes of the song. It all takes place in a dimly lit, smoky club populated with gaudy furs, bedazzled outfits, and every form of gender expression under the sun. It’s lit AF and will help you get through this Thursday, this penultimate day of the week in the third month of the Gregorian calendar, 2018 A.D.
Here’s a flashback – Elton performing the track with Kiki Dee from 1976.