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Benedict Cumberbatch Tries To Decipher Ariana Grande Lyrics: Look + Listen

On Thursday (May 5), Benedict Cumberbatch joined Greg James of UK’s BBC Radio One’s for the show’s Unpopular Opinion segment when a listener named Alex called in, and said her “unpopular opinion” is that she “can’t understand Ariana Grande when she sings.”

“I know what you mean, and I feel my 45 years sometimes when I listen to a song going, ‘Yeah, I wonder if there’s a lyric sheet I can get online because I can’t understand a word,” explained Cumberbatch jokingly to which James replied that he was looking through some of Grande’s lyrics and “didn’t really know what some of these lyrics were. You just get used to them.”

The English radio host played the pre-chorus of Grande’s 2014 Iggy Azalea collaboration, “Problem,” in which the Grammy winner sings, “I should be wiser / And realize that I’ve got,” and when asked what the lyrics are, the superstar actor replied, “Something about a cat in an elevator?”

The BBC DJ then played the chorus from “Positions” where Grande sings, “I’m in the Olympics, way I’m jumpin’ through hoops” with Cumberbatch guessing that the lyrics are “Poking through holes.”

Regardless of his inability to decipher the superstar singer’s words the Doctor Strange actor actually loves Grande’s music stating “She is just an extraordinary, extraordinary vocal artist.” “Someone played me her music and I’m a huge, huge fan. I think she’s got such raw talent.”

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Author: Saul Goode

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