And I’m Telling You – American Idol Season 6 – Lakisha Jones

And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going was written by Tom Eyen (lyrics) and Henry Krieger (music) for the Broadway musical DreamGirls.  It was sung by the character Effie White played by Jennifer Holliday and released by Holliday in 1982 (R&B #1).  In 2006, Jennifer Hudson, an American Idol Season 3 finalist, played Effie White in a revival of Dreamgirls and her version reached #1 on he US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play.

 And I am telling you
I’m not going.
You’re the best man I’ll ever know.
There’s no way I can ever go,
No, no, no, no way,
No, no, no, no way I’m livin’ without you.
I’m not livin’ without you.
I don’t want to be free.
I’m stayin’,
I’m stayin’,
And you, and you, you’re gonna love me.
Ooh, you’re gonna love me.

And I am telling you
I’m not going,
Even though the rough times are showing.
There’s just no way,
There’s no way.
We’re part of the same place.
We’re part of the same time.
We both share the same blood.
We both have the same mind.
And time and time we have so much to share,

No, no, no,
No, no, no,
I’m not wakin’ up tomorrow mornin’
And findin’ that there’s nobody there.
Darling, there’s no way,
No, no, no, no way I’m livin’ without you.
I’m not livin’ without you.
You see, there’s just no way,
There’s no way.

Tear down the mountains,
Yell, scream and shout.
You can say what you want,
I’m not walkin’ out.
Stop all the rivers,
Push, strike, and kill.
I’m not gonna leave you,
There’s no way I will.

And I am telling you
I’m not going.
You’re the best man I’ll ever know.
There’s no way I can ever, ever go,
No, no, no, no way,
No, no, no, no way I’m livin’ without you.
Oh, I’m not livin’ without you,
I’m not livin’ without you.
I don’t wanna be free.
I’m stayin’,
I’m stayin’,
And you, and you,
You’re gonna love me.
Oh, hey, you’re gonna love me,
Yes, ah, ooh, ooh, love me,
Ooh, ooh, ooh, love me,
Love me,
Love me,
Love me,
Love me.
You’re gonna love me. 

From AI Season 6, Lakisha Jones received raves from the judges for her performance of And I’m Telling You.  How does Lakisha stack up? If you haven’t heard Bianca Ryan’s version, don’t miss it.

Lakisha Jones

Jennifer Holliday

Jennifer Hudson

Bianca Ryan – Americas Got Talent – 11 Years Old

 So who wins?  I was a Jennifer Hudson fan in AI 3, so I’m a little prejudiced.

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