Taylor Swift Shows Off Musical, Comedic Talents on “SNL”

November 9th, 2009 by Daniel Kreps Leave a reply »

Taylor Swift pulled a Timberlake this weekend, becoming one of a handful of artists in Saturday Night Live history to serve as both musical guest and host, for the show’s November 7th episode. Swift did a masterful job in both roles, appearing in nearly all the sketches — which were for the most part funny — and performing “You Belong With Me” and “Untouchable” to an audience of roughly 5 million, SNL’s biggest ratings of the season.

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Taking advantage of their host’s dual talents, SNL put a guitar in Swift’s hands for the opening monologue, which featured jabs at both ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas and her VMAs nemesis Kanye West. “You might think that I’ll bring up Joe/The guy who broke up with me on the phone/But I’m not going to mention him in my monologue/Hey Joe, I’m doing real well/Tonight I’m hosting SNL,” Swift sang. “You might be expecting me to say/something bad about Kanye/And how he ran up on the stage and ruined my VMA monologue/But there’s nothing more to say/Because everything’s okay/I got security lining the stage.”

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Swift portrayed a teenager donning orthodontic headgear for a PSA about parents who are bad drivers, an obsessive roommate, a convict sporting cornrows and a goatee, and a girl crushing on Frankenstein in a Twilight spin-off called Firelight, which was this weekend’s SNL Digital Short. Swift also turned in impressive impersonations of Shakira and The View guest host Kate Gosselin.

While Swift’s musical performances took a backseat to her comedic endeavors, her spirited renditions of “You Belong With Me” and “Untouchable” nonetheless showcased her magnetic stage presence. NBC and YouTube have both clamped dow...

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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