'I'm Ready' Review: Sam Smith and Demi Lovato create magic in Olympic-inspired beautifully infectious video
The pop duo champions shared their first-ever collaboration on April 16 with their new official music video 'I'm Ready' and we hope there's more to come
Sam Smith and Demi Lovato have taken to the Olympics to call out their true love. The pop duo champions shared their first-ever collaboration on April 16 with their new official music video 'I'm Ready'.
The new release follows several teasers the two shared recently. Lovato and Smith started their tease-fest on April 12 when they shared a Twitter exchange. Smith opened with "YOU READY", tagging Lovato, to which she responded with "I'M READY". Lovato's manager Scooter Braun also chimed in saying, "This week!! #SamxDemi." Lovato gave fans a clearer picture of what to expect a few days later with a short clip of the new music video.
The 'I'm Ready' music video fires away with an infectious pulsating beat right from the get-go. We see Smith taking on an Olympic wrestler in a choreographical spar as they sing, "It's a cold night in my bed in the heat of the summer. I've been waitin' patiently for a beautiful lover. He's not a cheater, a believer. He's a warm, warm-blooded achiever."
The scene is followed by Smith introducing the chorus alongside drag queens as they ready-set-go on the 100-meter dash. Lovato steps into the musical arena next as she stands on the edge of the diving board at an Olympic swimming pool. "It's a hot night in my head in the chill of the winter. No, I've been lookin' hard for a lover disguised as a sinner. No, not a cheater, a redeemer. He's a cold, cold-blooded defeater," sings Lovato on a platform between male synchronized swimmers.
And aren't we all hoping to hear a harmony? The award-winning pop athletes already guessed that we do and saved it for the end, although we do hear a few harmony snippets colorfully added as the song builds.
The final scene shows Lovato and Smith side-by-side atop a podium with some gymnasts performing nearby in a medal ceremony and the two belt out a rich simultaneous vocal performance with a choir providing the backing vocals. As it would be expected for many Smith and Lovato fans, the two use their vocal gymnastics gorgeously with pitch-perfect singing and it almost feels like they kept fans waiting on the collab long enough just to see them burst into Olympic torch flame with excitement when they finally got the chance to hear it. They sound utterly amazing together and we hope they release more catchy tunes such as 'I'm Ready' in the future.
The 'I'm Ready' music video will be followed by a live stream and Q&A session with Smith and Lovato themselves at 3.45 pm PT / 6.45 pm ET / 11.45 pm BST on Friday night.
'I'm Ready' has been produced by Ilya Salmanzadeh, Savan Kotecha and Peter Svensson, the creative team behind hits like 'How Do You Sleep?', 'God Is A Woman' and 'Can’t Feel My Face.' 'I’m Ready' is the first single off Smith’s third studio album, due out later this year.