Decked in a bright fuchsia shirt and matching stuffed mouse brooch, the 18-year-old singer put his own spin on the 1991 hit, opening with a slow piano chorus before building in energy and instrumentals.
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Speaking to the broadcaster about his song choice, he revealed he’d had “a huge shortlist” to narrow down.
“I had a few Radiohead songs and Beatles songs and this Jeff Buckley song… and then this one we kind of had an idea for an arrangement only a few days ago, and we were like ‘alright, we’ve gotta do this one’,” Ruel explained.
Watch his cover below:
As is customary for the Friday morning segment, Ruel also played an original song. He went for ‘distance’, from his latest EP ‘Bright Lights, Red Eyes’, which was released in October last year.
Watch that performance below:
It was Ruel’s second ‘Like A Version’ performance, having appeared on the program when he was just 14 to play ‘Weathered’ by Jack Garrett, alongside M-Phazes.
Casting his mind back to that appearance in the ‘Like A Version’ interview, he said “that was the first time I showed my face on camera like anywhere as an artist, so that was like a very monumental moment for me”.
“I’m happy that that kind of started everything and got a bit of traction and got my career going.”