Rachel vs. Santana: Whose “Don’t Rain on My Parade” Is Best?
No doubt about it — “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl is Rachel Berry’s (Lea Michele) signature song. She first performed it way back in Glee Season 1, effectively securing the New Direction’s Sectionals win and propelling them onward toward greatness.
Long before the days of Glee, the song was made famous by Barbra Streisand, Rachel’s celebrity idol. Let’s face it, Rachel Berry pretty much is a young Barbra. The vocal talent. The looks. The unwavering drive to be a star. It’s her to a T.
So you can imagine our shock when Santana (Naya Rivera) sang Rachel’s iconic “Don’t Rain” during Glee Season 5, Episode 9: “Frenemies”... and the Broadway producers for Funny Girl practically begged her to take on the role of Rachel’s understudy.
Look, no offense to Santana. She is wonderful. Her voice is flawless. She’s sassy, confident, and bold. But she’s just not Barbra. Not even close.
True, Santana’s performance was captivating. Her vocals were strong and confident, with just a hint of seduction. It was very Santana, but it just wasn’t Barbra.
But is that what matters? Is Rachel’s carbon copy of the classic truly the best, or did you prefer Santana’s twist on the classic? After all, some of the best covers of well-known songs are the ones that lend the original a new flavor.
Is Rachel’s “Don’t Rain” the best, or do you think Santana actually performed a better version? Head below and sound off!