In a candid moment on Friday's episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Kelly Clarkson, the celebrated singer and host of her own daytime talk show, revealed that she isn't well-versed in the music of the iconic boy band, the Backstreet Boys.
The segment, which featured a music-themed game, had both Clarkson and Fallon trying to identify songs played backward, and it took an unexpected turn when the Backstreet Boys' 1999 hit "I Want It That Way" played. Clarkson and Fallon found themselves utterly stumped by the reversed melody of the classic tune.
When the song's title was revealed by Questlove, Clarkson appeared baffled, asking, "What's that?" However, once the song played in its regular orientation, she recognized it, showing her recognition with a puzzled expression and a fist tap on Fallon's desk.
Her confession that she wasn't a fan of boy bands left Fallon momentarily outraged, exclaiming, "That's a classic!" Clarkson explained, "They're great. I just wasn't a boy band kid. I didn't know that one, and I wouldn't know it forward."
Clarkson's Hilarious 'Kellyoke' Response
Fallon, lightening the mood with humor, suggested, "You gotta do that Kellyoke," referring to Clarkson's popular talk-show segment where she covers songs by artists like Journey, Destiny's Child, and Dolly Parton.
Despite her initial struggles, Clarkson vowed to make amends in the future. "I know! I'll do it now," she said appreciatively. "Thank you for all the ideas." As the game continued, Clarkson faced more challenges, failing to identify Edwin McCain's "I'll Be" and Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball." With a touch of self-deprecating humor, she quipped, "I feel really confident about myself right now." However, the most unforgettable moment occurred when Clarkson failed to recognize her own song, "Stronger," in the final round.
This unexpected twist prompted an astonished Clarkson to rise from her chair, bid farewell to the audience, and humorously feign almost walking off stage. "Oh my god," she exclaimed, "Wow." Kelly Clarkson's candid and entertaining appearance on The Tonight Show gave fans a glimpse of her fun-loving and down-to-earth personality, endearing her to a broader audience.
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