You have to applaud Jimmy Fallon. He takes his guests on The Tonight Show and creates instant virality. It’s remarkable what he’s done since taking over for Leno.
On Monday’s show, he had Kelly Clarkson on to promote her new album. If you’ve been following the news, Clarkson made a remark that it is difficult to find duet partners. Fallon set the stage for the upcoming mash-up of duets. “I don’t understand what they’re talking about,” he continued. “I would love to do a duet with Kelly Clarkson.”
Enter Kelly Clarkson.
“Did somebody say ‘duet?'” the singer asked. “Would you want to duet and sing with me?”
“Yes, I said ‘duet.’ I got you, babe!” Jimmy told Kelly as Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe” began playing.
If you are looking for a rundown of all the famous duets on the show last night, I have you covered. The pair sang pieces of Inez and Charlie Foxx’s “Mockingbird”; Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s “Islands in the Stream”; Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me”; Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty’s “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”; Elton John and Kiki Dee’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”; Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes’ “Up Where We Belong”; Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville’s “Don’t Know Much”; Paula Abdul and The Wild Pair’s “Opposites Attract”; and Pink and Nate Ruess’ “Just Give Me a Reason” and Lionel Richie and Diana Ross’ “Endless Love.”
The entire ‘no one to duet with’ emerged out of a BBC Radio 1 interview last month.
“I honestly would collaborate with a lot of people, but everyone usually says no. I’m not kidding you. I have legitimately asked several people that I’m not going to call out, and that’s cool, but I don’t know… I ask good people. I don’t want to sing with crap people, so I mean, I ask people who are great vocalists, but I’m not going to point out anyone. I have asked several people. Sometimes I feel like I have the plague, or leprosy.”
The singer quickly took to Twitter to halt what she called a non-story.
Ok, I was making a joke about people not singing with me! The press is really twisting this comment just FYI! No big deal. New story please
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) February 24, 2015
It makes sense. Here latest album comes complete with a duet with John Legend.