Nick Lachey - What's Left of Me (2006)
Jessica Simpson's embarrassed, heartbroken ex is attempting a comeback built on public sympathy not seen since Gloria Estefan's 1991 release "Coming Out of the Dark." But, while the Miami Sound Machine singer's chart-topping sympathy single was seen as the triumphant reemergence of a strong-willed woman who wouldn't let a wicked car accident get her down, Nick Lachey's sympathy comeback is just plain pathetic.
Have you read the recent Rolling Stone profile of Nick? He cries, he questions his manhood, and he's completely overshadowed personally and professionally by the gorgeous blond who dumped him on his ass. The RS article would have made Nick seem like the biggest loser alive if "George W. Bush: Worst President Ever?" hadn't been on the cover.
The difference is, you know if Laura left Dubya, instead of spending a month in his pajamas, crying into a quart of Ben and Jerry's, he'd get out there, play golf, bomb a brown-skinned nation and make up a few new words to console himself. Nick's reaction is to belt out emotional lyrics like, "I'm broken and I'm fading / I'm half the man I thought I would be." Even his pecs are pouting.
Nick, wearing one of Simon Cowell's black T-shirts, mopes around his poorly lit, blue/green-tinted mansion as his relationship dissolves in front of a TV crew. But any resemblance to persons living or dead in this video is entirely coincidental - the woman who's breaking up with Nick here (played by TRL host Vanessa) has brown hair, and she knows Chicken of the Sea is a brand of tuna, not chicken. See? They're nothing alike!
Director Ray Kay goes on autopilot throughout the entire affair. Aside from having your actors constantly flash sorrowful looks off-camera, how do you show the dissolution of a marraige without words? Well, if you said, "By resorting to something completely cheesy and ineffective like showing their belongings fading into nothingness," you win the Grand Prize. Which is a date with Nick Lachey himself. Don't worry if you're kinda chunky or smelly or a guy, Nick's cranked up the knob to "Super Desperate," and he's ready for your lovin'.