Ciara debuted "I Bet" live on Live with Kelly & Michael this morning.
The performance was an alteration in tone for Ciara, much as the song itself is. We're used to seeing the Ciara who rocks complex choreography with ease, but it's often at the sacrifice of a satisfactory live vocal. With "I Bet" CiCi is changing her MO and proving that she can work a mic and a band with the best of them. Was it an outstanding vocal performance? No, but it's a change of pace and that should be applauded. Plus the R&B diva sang with passion and conviction which is more than we can extract from a large proportion of stars hitting the stage right now.
Despite it being a compelling performance, hopefully the second cut from 'Jackie' will be something a bit more upbeat that showcases Ciara's always pretty much flawless dance moves and gives her a bit of a boost on the charts, because the reception to "I Bet" so far has been a little underwhelming.