Charo Covers Rihanna, Nearly Killing Jerry Lewis


The 2009 Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon brought in $5 million less than 2008's festivities, but one priceless artifact was salvaged: the talent of Charo. With her cover performance of Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music," Charo spent Labor Day proving the following: 1) She is alive; 2) Her performance style still combines the agility of Shakira with the delirium of Count Chocula; and 3) She can terrify Jerry Lewis in a way not seen since Sandra Bernhard's dinner scene in The King of Comedy. Clip after the jump.

Say what you will, but she sorta nailed the performance! She also sorta nailed four white guys in the audience, but you have to go the extra mile to entertain at a telethon. If Rihanna weren't too busy allegedly missing that bow-tied do-gooder, she'd have to commend this cleavage-bobbling rendition of her best hit. One question: Where's the flamenco guitar interlude?