When ESPN heralded the highly anticipated return of the NFL on ESPN last week with creative featuring Celine Dion’s classic ballad, “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now,” it perfectly captured the mood of a nation.
ESPN talent, NFL fans, players, and coaches were joined by characters from across the Disney universe, all singing to the 90’s classic – including ESPN NFL commentators Louis Riddick, Laura Rutledge, and Adam Schefter. With the release of a new sing-along version of the spot today (see sidebar with video below), they shared their thoughts about channeling their inner-Celines.
What was the experience of recording the lip-sync like?
Schefter: Very 2020. Did it in my office, by myself, in quarantine. Was very concerned that I wouldn’t remember the lines or be able to hit the notes . . . When all was said and done, I didn’t remember the lines and couldn’t hit the notes.
Rutledge: As someone who thought I was a lip-syncing expert, this filming proved otherwise. It was so much fun, however, and I will never forget the words to this song now.
Riddick: I didn’t realize how much my voice changed. I suck at singing now, but I still do it anyway!
Were you familiar with the song and lyrics before this?
Schefter: Actually was. It’s a classic, no matter how much I tried to destroy it.
Riddick: Yes I was familiar with the song, but didn’t know the exact words … like most people.
How many takes did you do?
Schefter: Did each of the lines a few times. I knew this was not something that I could or would be a one and done.
Rutledge: Pretty sure I did 18 takes!
Riddick: More takes than I thought I would have to. But I guess that’s because I was terrible.