On the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) on Monday, March 3, Fallon had Idina Menzel on his show to sing the Oscar-wining song Let It Go from the blockbuster animated hit, Frozen, with his house band, The Roots, using only elementary school instruments.
Jimmy Fallon has done such versions of famous current songs in the past, when he was the host of The Late Show With Jimmy Fallon. For instance, one of the most famous song versions he and The Roots have done was with Robin Thicke, when they sang Blurred Lines.
On Monday night’s Tonight Show on NBC, Fallon was doing his opening routine and making jokes about the Academy Awards when he mentioned John Travolta’s mispronunciation of Idina Menzel’s name. He even showed — twice — the clip from the Academy Awards show where Travolta screwed up saying Menzel’s name.
Then, Fallon said that he and The Roots had asked Idina if she would perform Let It Go with elementary school instruments, and she agreed.
The sounds that Jimmy Fallon and The Roots can get from these instruments, meant as beginning ones for school children, are pretty amazing, as you saw for yourselves if you caught the performances of Let It Go and Blurred Lines. They’re both definitely worth seeing again, or seeing for the first time, if you haven’t yet watched them. I’ve included both below, for your viewing pleasure.
As an added bonus, I’ve included another video from The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon when he and his house band, The Roots, were joined by Carly Rae Jepson to perform the hit Call Me Maybe using elementary school instruments.
Jimmy Fallon, besides being a pretty hilarious comedian and talk show host, has a pretty decent singing voice. He’s proven this several times in the past, perhaps especially when he sings along with one of his best friends, Justin Timberlake.
So, as I don’t want to be remiss by leaving out one of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s best collaborations so far, I’ve also included here the video from last week of Fallon and Timberlake at their most AMAZING singing rap songs for a bit called The History of Rap 5.
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon has already proven to be a ratings monster, in part because of Fallon’s creative mindset and the genius help of The Roots, and having spectacular guests, like Idina Menzel, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, U2, Paul McCartney (okay, so the shows with Sir Paul were on the Late Show With Jimmy Fallon — they were still awesome) and Justin Timberlake.
Fallon attracts some of the biggest stars, because he is one of the coolest talk show hosts of all time. I can hardly wait to see Steve Carell on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon later this week!
Written by: Douglas Cobb
The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Idina Menzel & The Roots “Let It Go”
The Late Show With Jimmy Fallon, Robin Thicke, & The Roots Blurred Lines
The Late Show With Jimmy Fallon, Carly Rae Jepson, & The Roots Call Me Maybe
The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake The History of Rap 5