By Michael Slezak
November 03, 2008 at 08:16 PM EST

Like a campaign director for a tiny third-party candidate, I continue to try to get out the pop-music vote for American-born, “big in Europe only” diva Anastacia, whose new single “I Can Feel You” recently reached No. 1 on the Slovenian airplay chart, according to Wikipedia.

Okay, typing the words “No. 1 on the Slovenian airplay chart” hurts worse than dunking a fresh paper cut in jalapeño juice, but Anastacia’s first step toward global airplay domination has to start somewhere. Heck, I’ve been waiting for her to break out since she was a finalist on MTV’s pre-American Idol singing contest The Cut (hosted by Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes) back in the late ’90s, and she’s come close with minor hits like “I’m Outta Love” and “One Day in Your Life,” a much-panned -hyped duet with Celine Dion on Divas Las Vegas, even noteworthy spots on the Fantastic Four and Chicago soundtracks.

And while I realize “I Can Feel You” faces an uphill battle if and when it’s released to U.S. radio, I can still dream, can’t I? Sure, the video below has the production value of a local car dealership ad, features awkward bouts of chair-dancing, and makes its star look something like a drag queen impersonating Jennifer Coolidge (especially in that final setup with the feathery jacket), but there’s still nothing quite like the sound of Anastacia’s husky vocals paired with a hummable melody and a jaunty dance beat. Who’s with me on this one? Vote for (or against) “I Can Feel You” in the comments section below!

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