Not everyone gets to sit on the couch and be the musical guest on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” But not everyone is Miley Cyrus, either.
The singer got the full hour on Tuesday night, chatting with Fallon about her just-released album, Bangerz , joking about her awkward “Hannah Montana” years, reworking one of her biggest hits, doing comedy bits and closing the show with a stirring version of “Wrecking Ball.”
‘Can’t Stop’ The Music
Suspecting that people were, you know, maybe tuning in to see Miley, Fallon made sure he had plenty for her to do, including a bit where he, house band the Roots and Cyrus recorded an a cappella version of “We Can’t Stop.”
Broken up into “Brady Bunch”-style colored squares, the bit had the Roots and Fallon in the spaces around a smiling center-squared Cyrus, who sang a sweet, turnt down version of the tune as the men beatboxed and crooned in falsetto behind her. Not for nothing, but that version should totally be on iTunes right now.
Werk It, Jimmy!
Fallon joked that when his wardrobe department heard that Cyrus was the guest, they said, “Sweet, a night off!” Seriously, though, Miley asked Fallon to do one thing: no twerking jokes. “Twerk for me,” he laughed.
And, sure enough, Miley came out in an oversized white shirt with a built-in visible bra with suspenders (with what looked like to no pants on underneath), as the Roots revamped a Loverboy classic into “Twerking For the Weekend” for her walk out music. Complaining that she was “catching pneumonia” in Fallon’s freezing studio in her skimpy outfit, Fallon shot back, “But you have to wear clothes when you come out here.”
‘I Don’t Just Twerk And Lick Stuff’
After her triumphant turn on “Saturday Night Live,” Cyrus said she relished the chance to go back to her improvisational “Hannah Montana” roots on the program. “That was a good time for me to show people that I don’t just twerk and lick stuff, I can sing and I can act a little bit too,” she said.
A Visit To Smiley’s Salon
She wasn’t kidding about being cold, either, as during her second interview segment Miley was covered up with her mom Tish’s black skull blanket. Cyrus also showed off her aforementioned acting skills, joining Fallon in a very special episode of the Canadian soap opera “Jacob’s Patience,” playing the part of the owner of Smiley’s nail salon.
In full diva mode, though, Fallon bitterly recalled that Cyrus refused to use her own overly-tanned arms and hands on the shoot and insisted that everyone gesture with, yes, mannequin arms only.
Cyrus capped the show with a powerful version of her hit “Wrecking Ball,”, backed by her rocking band. The stage was filled out by a squadron of fans in a set of bleachers behind the singer, who got about as close to the action as you can.