ICYMI: Watch Maddie Ziegler and Sia Perform "Cheap Thrills" on "The Voice"
There's something uniquely satisfying about seeing a great music video reenacted onstage. It's confirmation that the artists involved are just as amazing in person as they look on film. It's proof that their charisma isn't some camera trick—that it's just as, if not more, powerful in live performance.
That's why we loved watching Sia and Maddie Ziegler recreate the crazy-popular "Cheap Thrills" video (which about 74 million of you are already obsessed with) on "The Voice" finale earlier this week. There was nothing fancy about the production: just Sia, Sia's wig, Maddie, backup dancers Nick Lanzisera and Wyatt Rocker, and Ryan Heffington's distinctive choreo. But that was enough to set the crowd on fire. And we actually like Sia's voice even better live—it has an appealing roughness to it, right?
(Sia has really embraced the whole "recreate the video" thing for "Cheap Thrills": She and Maddie lookalike Stephanie Mincone basically won Coachella with a similar performance of the song.)