Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory" is a rather optimistic song about life inspired by the death of her grandfather. After roughly two years of doom and gloom from Gaga, it's a bit of a breath of fresh air, really, even if it does follow the worn out path of "love yourself, believe in yourself" anthems that all the pop divas (Katy Perry, Pink, Ke$ha, etc.) have been trotting out.
But for her performance of the song on Idol, Gaga bathed the stage in darkness and perched herself atop a faux mountain, overdecorated in glittered studs, black leather and other biker wear. The weirdness factor really hit the roof when Gaga and a male dancer engaged in an interpretive dance break during the sax solo. It was like a community college theater performance, crossed with The Dark Crystal and Kanye's BET Awards performance of "Power." As always with Gaga, the end result was fascinating in a "I-don't-know-what-I'm-seeing-but-I-can't-look-away" kind of way.
Vocally, there's little to complain about. Gaga belted the song with the force and drive that is found on the recorded version. But this performance didn't capture the spirit of the song nearly as well as the Google Chrome commercial featuring the song did.
Maybe Gaga should hire whoever did the Google commercial for the actual "Edge of Glory" music video. Cause left to her own devices, Gaga might take it to Fraggle Rock.