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Janet Jackson's "So Excited" Video - Your Opinion?

By September 14, 2006

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This is the second single from the upcoming album 20 Y.O. due in stores September 26, 2006. Nudity, hints at s&m, and those whispery vocals over a martial dance beat. I'm resisting the urge to just say I've seen and heard it all before from Janet, but take a look and let me know what all of you think...

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September 14, 2006 at 4:45 pm
(1) John says:

Miss Jackson is BACK! Can Beyonce dance ike that? No, she can’t. Janets’s pushing videos to another game. Stars like her and Madonna will always rise higher than the rest. Why? They embrace change and that’s hard for some people. Go on Miss Nasty! 20 y.o. in stores 26 Sept 06. I’ve already pre-ordered 10 copies. Janet will be number 1 this time around!

September 14, 2006 at 4:51 pm
(2) john says:

Also, she’s 40 y.o., and still looks and performs better than Ciara, Beyonce, Britney, and Christina. You can’t deny talent or beauty. She’s raised the standards. How can MTV deny this video? They need to just get over the Superbowl crap and move on. So much has happened in the world. It’s time to change. Wait…does she really need MTV? No, not really. “Call On Me” has reached #1 on the R&B charts. Without their assistance. It hard to keep a woman down, and Janet’s in it to win it! I can’t wiat to see her in concert. I love the JACKSONS!

September 14, 2006 at 5:03 pm
(3) JULIO says:

If first video was sor of lame and boring, this one is just AWESOME! Did you see that chair!!! I have to say this one is #1 material

September 14, 2006 at 5:32 pm
(4) PB says:


September 14, 2006 at 7:35 pm
(5) dw says:

there is absoultely no doubt that the track is on firahhhhhh,, and the dancing she is still the best……
she got me so excited…

September 14, 2006 at 7:36 pm
(6) Diego says:

OMG!! This video is Janet at her best. The dance moves are awesome and I hate to compare artist but she spanked everyone on this on. I love the special effects, the chair being busted and hear attitude, fierce! The one thing I love about Janet is she brings something new and fresh in your face and your left with your mouth open wanting more. Janet’s back baby so all you haters, move aside!!

September 14, 2006 at 8:23 pm
(7) Rob says:

That was a HOTT video. Great song! She looked great the dancing and special effects were totally innovative. She’s definetely stepping up the game!

September 14, 2006 at 8:52 pm
(8) Jasper says:

I hate to be the one to sound like a hater because I LOVE Janet but I’m not ‘so excited’ about this video. I mean it is better than the last one but I still feel like it’s not up to her standards as an artist. I feel like these songs and videos are examples of her resting on her laurels. And that’s probably her least inspired dance in a video ever! She has been an innovative and pioneering pop diva in the past but now I feel like she’s just going through the motions. Maybe it’s because she’s so happy in her personal life. I mean when she was depressed she did The Velvet Rope and that was classic musically, lyrically, and visually and the tour was off the chain! I still have the album on preorder and I’m definitely going to see her live this time out but I still expect more from her.

September 14, 2006 at 9:52 pm
(9) miguel says:

its was awesome best dance routine ever better than other females out there

September 14, 2006 at 10:28 pm
(10) Mihuel says:

Janet is just awesome like always doing what she does best thiss is her year the tour is going to be great

September 14, 2006 at 10:42 pm


September 15, 2006 at 12:17 am
(12) Mark says:

The video is AWESOME. They cut too much of the dancing out b/c on Access Granted you got to see alot more of it. BUT I think it’s gonna be a HIT and it should be!

September 15, 2006 at 1:26 am
(13) Paul says:

“Act Bad, Don’t Hurt Me, Look Sexy, Talk Dirrty!”. You can actually sample her entire album on Walmart.com. That’s very brave for an artist to release samples of an album two week prior to its release. It just goes to show you that she has the confidence in her material. To be honest, I haven’t enjoy an entire album from Janet since Janet./RN1814. Don’t get me wrong I like certain songs from VR/A4u/DJ. I’ve been a fan for 20 y.o, and I can say that I enjoy the entire album. I pre-ordered 10 copies to help Damita Jo. The SEX video if off da chain! Khia looks great, “My Neck, My Back, Look Sexy, Talk Dirrty!”. I did purchase the Beyonce cd, but it really sucked. Yes, it did sell 550k in its first week. But the quality of work is by far less than 20 Y.O. or Back to Basics. Beyonce recorded it in 3wks. Who records a CD in 3wks and why? Beyonce is very talented, but it’s about Janet this time around, ENJOY!

September 15, 2006 at 1:34 am
(14) john says:

Mr. Lamb,

Thank you for creating a forum that allows the fans to trully express our thoughts and opinion about Janet. I invite you to help all of celebrate the beauty and talent of Miss Jackson. Trully, you should have been in the video with Janet instead of that model. What would you do if Janet ask you to be in her video? Would you mind or would you say no? Once again, thank you.

Janet fans-

Let’s make Janet #1. I know that we can surpass 700K in first week sales. I’m ready are you (just…….BREATHE!)?

September 15, 2006 at 8:05 am
(15) Darrick says:

This vid exceeded my expectations. I LOVE it! This is just classic Janet. She is dancing her butt off. This is how videos should be made. I noticed Bill that you said you’ve seen and heard it all before, but when Janet does something different, people complain that they want the old Janet back. When she brings the old Janet back, people say it’s what she’s always done. I don’t get it. Thanks for posting the video.

September 15, 2006 at 11:11 am
(16) Quincy Sterling says:

I think Janet is incredible. THis single is hot. She is back . No female artist compares.. I can not wait for the new album

September 15, 2006 at 12:04 pm
(17) boi111482 says:

uhh sorry but tha video is hot and theres nothing out like it janet is the best and has nothing to prove to any body shes all ready did every thing these other artist are doing now and she has done it welll

September 15, 2006 at 12:05 pm
(18) *Moderator* says:

OMG!!! This is sooooo hot, how could you ever diss it? Janet is one uppin all these imatators out here today, I’m LOVIN the attitude and just fierceness Jan is givin! Go cop a piece of it on Sept. 26th ya’ll!!! 20 Y.O.!!!

September 15, 2006 at 12:11 pm
(19) jill'ssong says:

Most people will continue to be negative about Janet until the mass media tells them they can change their minds.

Janet is Janet. Whats wrong with that. People criticize and then copy her. She gives what she gives and she does it well. I am glad I can form my own opinions and not jump on the bandwagon of Jackson hateration.

September 15, 2006 at 12:18 pm
(20) ww says:

people can’t be paying that much attention. janet has nothing to prove anymore! she’s just entertaining people now and i really don’t think she’s worried about topping charts and having hits. it’s always good, of course, but i don’t think it’s the first thing on her mind (troll boy jd, on the other hand just makes me ******* insane with all his crap!). events in the past have put things in perspective for her, i think and i like that she seems to be doing it for the fun of doing it, now.

but the video is hot, no doubt about that! love the chair…clothes on/clothes off…but it’s too bad they didn’t use khia’s part of the song besides the hook.

September 15, 2006 at 12:24 pm
(21) Damon says:

The video is beyond this world..Janet has ICON power and they saved this innovative stuff all for her..it worked..the choreography, the fashion, the naked dancing..perfect..
bitches prolly pulling out their hair trying to one up her..but janet won’t settle for that..the breaking of the chair in the beginning of the video was a sign that bitches I did this already..

September 15, 2006 at 12:44 pm
(22) big red says:

Finally Janet is back is back in full effect. I have been waiting to see the Janet that I have loved for so long. It seems she went missing for a while. Finally I have her back. This video is incredible and I am SO EXCITED.

September 15, 2006 at 1:00 pm
(23) elaw says:

Damn, Baby!! Janet is back with a vengeance. This video is off da freakin rockers!! She has really done it this time and like she says in the song “…forget about them little girls baby cause now you’re dealing with a woman baby and ima keep your body thumpin baby- it’s the least to do cause we keep her so excited!!”

September 15, 2006 at 1:08 pm
(24) ralphie says:

only thing to be said is, JANET IS BACK, and the fire in her eyes is stronger than ever!!!!!!!

September 15, 2006 at 2:57 pm
(25) Corey P. says:

I continually am more and more disappointed by Janet. I am beginning to wonder if she is even able to market or sell records with her clothes on? I am not conservative in the least, but the topless tits out thing has been very played out, especially since her music doesn’t seem to get any better. The last time she actually grew and created some artistic music was the ‘Velvet Rope’…since then, each album could easily just morph into the other….she needs to focus on talent, good songwriting, new producers and show us what she can do with her shirt on!

September 15, 2006 at 4:29 pm
(26) Steve says:

Ok….Im a HUUUGGGE Janet fan since college..dont care for any other female pop star really..I dont care what ANYONE says. This video/song is a MAJOR letdown. Uninspired all the way. The song is even annoying. Jermaine Dupri? wrong move after wrong move. It started with the Superbowl gimmick..and yes, Dupri..that was all you.
I hope additional songs on the album have a good vibe..the first two CLEARLY do not. You all know exactly what Im saying.

September 15, 2006 at 5:34 pm
(27) louisianahotboi says:

can u say hot and fiyah. her creative and her performance give her creditabilty.she is the icon and i love the statement in her video. finally a video with a meaning and purpose .mtv eat your words now

September 15, 2006 at 5:40 pm
(28) louisianahotboi says:

no steve your blind and crazy. it was awesome and you wouldnt know creativity if it hit you in the face. your crazy and must dont realize the 20 years old was all over that video. put your foot in your mouth and be quiet. can u say number 1 single and we just starting . what u mean clothes on shes showing at 40 you can be fine and shes confident.are you jealous of her be quiet. get a life. they talked about her weight and this was in there face. so think before you talk please. you aint really a fan

September 15, 2006 at 6:24 pm
(29) Derek says:

I actually like the video. Very cool choreography…MTV is gonna be forced to play it. The song is OK for me, but it’s starting to slowly grow on me.

September 15, 2006 at 6:40 pm
(30) SM says:

Only true fans get the video and the message. Regardless of what anyone says JANET is going to do JANET. Get the point good now DANCE. HA HA ..SHE BROKE THE DAMN CHAIR! on all you haters. deal with it.

September 15, 2006 at 6:41 pm
(31) troy says:

wow this video is soooo hot.it is the 2007 version of nasty….go girl!!!1

September 15, 2006 at 6:49 pm
(32) Tyce says:

I LOVE this video only Janet knows how to do tha damn thang!

September 15, 2006 at 6:54 pm
(33) Chris says:

Janet did that! I didn’t care too much for the song before I saw the video. I just heard the clips from her new album and I can’t wait until the 26th! She’s just as flawless as she was back in ’86. One of the most powerful women like ever. Still #1 after 20 years…

September 15, 2006 at 7:36 pm
(34) collins says:

i love this song pls this video is so hot i think that brown scream bitch should learn to dance ass popping and fat bothy shaking is far from dancing
beyance…wanna dace? get some clue from so excited
janet just brought sex back. what gay aids justin dream about doin

September 15, 2006 at 7:40 pm
(35) collins says:

pls mtv is so yesterday nobody watch that trash station check their program is all reality white trashes.

September 15, 2006 at 8:09 pm
(36) adrienne says:

I loved this video.Janet is showing these youghins how its really done, who started it, and who owns it to this very day.Janet can still tear it up.

September 15, 2006 at 8:21 pm
(37) Willie says:

This is pure Janet! The song and video are awsome! I can’t wait to pick up her new cd 20 y.o. on Sept. 26th! Go Janet!

PS~ The chair smashing in the beginning was to show Britney, PCD and Beyonce that she was the first to dance with a chair in a video (1986), and it’s played out now. Great job!

September 15, 2006 at 9:02 pm
(38) TONY says:


September 15, 2006 at 9:06 pm
(39) Jay says:

Listen Bill: It’s clear that you don’t know how to review music of this nature. Why don’t you stick to Britney and the like. Now then, the video brings something new to the table. And as far as I’ve seen it before, Ummm this is a celebration of her Control album 20 years ago so of course she’s going to remind us of what that era was about. You know, give a nod. There is no other video out there like this and the dancing is on point. To this day, there is and will never be another entertainer like Janet. And that, Lamb, is truly sad ( and your review).

September 15, 2006 at 9:11 pm
(40) reggie uk says:

the video is ok but she ripped of ciara’s moves….janet used to be original

September 15, 2006 at 9:14 pm
(41) alicia says:

Janet sucks

September 15, 2006 at 9:14 pm
(42) tmac says:

Janet has set standards for female artist, the same michael has done for the male artist. With the arms in a pointing position with the neck move gives a hommeage to a dance move by her brothers” the jacksons”. I LOVE IT!!! I truly consider myself her biggest fan… i truly believe. I just wish she didn’t always have to talk about sex all the time. the see thru segment was really not neccessary. True fans and just fans in general, really aren’t turned on by that. It really seems that’s all she knows now…. and that’s not what makes JANET JACKSON, in my opinon JANET JACKSON. ITS her true talent.. Nevertheless,God Bless You and Continue success for you are truly deserving.

September 15, 2006 at 9:33 pm
(43) TKO says:


September 15, 2006 at 9:35 pm
(44) GI says:

I love love love it!!!!

September 15, 2006 at 10:20 pm
(45) Bill Lamb says:

Just as a brief suggestion…if you want to know my opinion of Janet Jackson as a performer, I suggest reading my profile of Janet that is linked from this blog post. Disliking, or having concerns about one video really doesn’t define “hater,” particularly when you are considering a 20 year career.

Bill Lamb

September 15, 2006 at 10:43 pm
(46) Cleo House, Jr. says:

Hi Bill,

You’re right, you are definitely entitled to your opinion..thanks for giving us the venue to express ours.

This new video while its “concept” may not be ground breaking. In the end, Janet gave fans (particularly younger ones) what they wanted..great dancing/entertainment in her videos.

Is the video the best JJ video ever? Probably not, but it cannot be denied that the video is (in the words of people a lot younger than me) AWESOME!!!

I’m proud that Miss Jackson is showing that she can still out shine the younger girls.

As we know, society doesn’t make it that easy.

So give JJ a break…and ENJOY the 20 Y.O. era.

We won’t always have her!

September 15, 2006 at 11:10 pm
(47) Kelly says:

Too hot for even MTV to ignore.

September 15, 2006 at 11:11 pm
(48) rL says:

I think the video is great! Great beat!!…I just find it surprising that you gave justing timberlake such a great review when I thought the music was all over the place and no real focus….it sounds like the same old drab out there…I did enjoy few of the tracks but definitely can’t listen to it all the way thru…

But, I digress….from what I have heard from Janets album, I enjoy the beats, the lyrics…yes, she is semi-nude, yes, she has suggestive lyrics…but maybe its more of a statement…kinda like “hey, f*ck the fcc”…My opinion, but I must say Janet is offering something different with an edge that others will soon follow and I’m sure critics will call it innovative that time around…seriously pathetic…
Besides the new janet, ray lamontagne, India arie and others, music is REALLY disappointing me

September 15, 2006 at 11:17 pm
(49) rL says:

and for the record, I am not calling you pathetic, bill…I just really seem to be at odds with critics, when they hate it,I usually like it and vice versa….why is that so?

September 15, 2006 at 11:26 pm
(50) Bill Lamb says:

No offense taken at all. I encourage everyone to have their own opinions and know what they like.

My suggestion is to pay atention to how your opinion matches or doesn’t match that of a particular writer…then when he or she writes about something new, you might get a good idea of whether you’ll like that unfamiliar record based on what they wrote about other things you know.

September 15, 2006 at 11:39 pm
(51) Jodienda76 says:

Janet Jackson has NEVER ripped ANYBODY’S moves…Janet’s moves are always being ripped by others…Janet is original and has outdone herself as usual…The song is hot, the beat is hot, the choreography is SUPER HOT..Janet is the definition of a true artist, because she dosent just do it to entertain…She pleases herself more…She’s a strong woman…She is trully an inspiration.

September 15, 2006 at 11:58 pm
(52) Al says:

This is a great video, but it’s one of the songs her vocals are in the front, but that’s not the point. It’s really hot, and really awesome!!!

September 15, 2006 at 11:58 pm
(53) Al says:

That should say, one of the songs where her vocals AREN’T at the front. She does do amazing vocal work on the rest of the album I’m told.

September 16, 2006 at 12:23 am
(54) SB says:

Janet ripped off Ciara?? Or do you mean she just reclaimed her original moves? ALL of these young chicks–Ciara, Britney, Beyonce–have said that Janet was one of their musical inspirations. And it clearly shows in all of their videos/performances–hell, Beyonce just ripped off Rhythm Nation a few weeks ago at the MTV awards. No, this isn’t Janet’s BEST video, but it is HOT and the x-ray vision aspect is definitely original. And compared to all the videos out there now–well, there just is no comparison. Janet was MTV’s first ever ICON for a reason. Love you Janet & can’t wait to hear the entire album and see you on tour!

September 16, 2006 at 3:18 am
(55) lato boi says:


September 16, 2006 at 5:27 am
(56) tony says:

i love this video!IT IS TRUE JAN.

September 16, 2006 at 10:14 am
(57) Simon says:

Simply amazing, awesome, beautiful as ever, and the dancing just never ceases to absolutely thrill. she’s so daring, moving, HOT, provocative, titilating, – WOW – Janet, my God – what an incredible icon you are!!!

September 16, 2006 at 4:46 pm
(58) GERALD says:

The song is totally hot and funky. The video and choreography is classic Janet Jackson. She is still after 20 years the best female dance performer in the business. This song should be #1 on the R&B and Pop chart.

September 17, 2006 at 8:02 am
(59) T4BOY says:

I love!!!!! the video , it really made me like the song even more ….. Rock on Janet

September 18, 2006 at 1:46 pm
(60) Al says:

I totally love Ms. Jackson and this song and vid is HOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!

September 18, 2006 at 2:24 pm
(61) Misti says:

Thought it pretty much sucked. I’m not impressed with the Jackson family anymore as a whole. But as for Janet, she is introducing trash into the minds of our children with her song lyrics and her dress or should I say “undress”. Her riches or popularity won’t help her when she stands before God on judgement day to give an account for her actions. I wish she didn’t have such of an influence over so many children who may try and imitate her lifestyle.

September 19, 2006 at 10:01 pm
(62) Jason says:

Not to knock, Bill Lamb, but…I am a professional dancer & that choreography is a hell of a lot more intricate than Janet’s previous works. Not ot mention the video play with the costuming/nudity. HOT!

September 20, 2006 at 12:00 pm
(63) Robert says:

1st of all for #61 who commented misti or whatever. She needs to chill out and quit tryin to judge her. she just doin what pays her bills and what she like to do. Y dont u judge yourself and be mindful of what u gon be held acountable for. C fans we gotta have Mz.Jacksons back cuz this people tryin to take her down. The video was hot. Every video she made is hot From Control to So Excited. And whoever dont like is just a bunch of haters. i cant waited for her album she’s and icon. So misti that’s more than what we can say bout u. Thank u

September 20, 2006 at 9:00 pm
(64) Fanofjan says:

Have you seen any other female artist break it down like that?Give props when they are due. Besides, you would have to be a moron to miss the subliminal F*** Y** messgae the video sends to everyone who got carried away over one bare breast during let me think the Superbowl.

September 22, 2006 at 2:02 pm
(65) Holly says:

I wish she would let her talent shine and not her breasts. It’s really sad she feels that she and her dancers have to take off all of their clothes, via an xray machine, to sell her music.

Looking at it that way, I guess the video is innovative??

September 24, 2006 at 9:00 pm
(66) Jim says:

JANET ROCKS beat is awsome and she always looks good. I have heard the album and two words GET IT!

October 9, 2006 at 8:38 pm
(67) Brittany says:

Janet is back.
i have been waiting for this album and it is here. Anything she does is brilliant, you cant get enough of it.
40 is the new 20,and no one can out do miss Janet Jackson. She is talented as a singer actress and dancer, shes got the whole package and she always will. Love it all

May 29, 2007 at 1:01 pm
(68) kenyanna groce says:

wuzup diz iz a nice pic of u gurl peace

February 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm
(69) Whendy says:

I just wanna know who one of the male dancers is from the video. He’s white and gets really close to her face in one part. Wearing black jacket, no shirt, black pants, and a veil over his eyes. Im hoping he’s in LA haha. I know a lot of dancers there but not him!

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