Editor's video pick: Cher Lloyd's "Oath" featuring Becky G
She may not have fixed her attitude, but she did fix her eyebrows!
Remember how we met this artist? Cher Lloyd stole our hearts on X-Factor with her rendition of "Turn My Swag On," and from that performance we knew she was talented. She had her own urban edge and a bubbly, larger-than-life personality. She's got many sides to her. Her viral videos, like her version of "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon, have shown she has pure talent beyond the sensational outfits and animated faces.
Her latest music videos, like "Want U Back" and "Swagger Jagger," all have had that same "California-girl" appeal — bright colors and fun beats. But they've also been a tad on the annoying side. Sometimes she sounded like the helium version of Nicki Minaj (and do we really need two of them?). In this video, which starts off a lot like the Britney Spears hit "Baby One More TIme," we see her in school-girl innocence. She's gorgeous, but her message is borderline sickly sweet.
Surprisingly playful and flirtacious, her faces and her outfits are daring, and she has a few scenes staying true to her original style. However, most show her relatively fresh-faced and against all-American backdrops: classic car/sandy beach. She actually seems feminine!
Featuring some random no-name artist — I mean, Becky G — the song does not, by any means, showcase her vocal range, but it does its job of charming you. Becky G has had quite the reputation for being a diva/tyrant, but she singlehandedly wipes the slate clean with her charisma in this video. If you weren't a fan before, you may be one now.
Although Lloyd appears skinny to the point of discomfort (girl, eat a cracker or something), I still found her performance to be appealing enough that it didn't really matter that there was zero plot in this video. Okay, fine, I take that back — it's about having friends who have each other's backs. But other than them leaving detention, the video just has them in several different locations having lots of rebellious fun.
Go on, just let this video be your secret indulgence — because back in the day, why did we even like Mandy Moore?