It’s one thing to be a fantastic singer with a unique style. It’s quite another to be a fantastic singer with a unique style who can also do impressions of another singer’s unique style. Alessia Cara is one of those such artist and she returned to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (weekdays at 11:35 p.m. ET) Wednesday to face Jimmy’s “Wheel of Musical Impressions” for a second time and prove once again that she is an impressions master.
Though admitting she was nervous, Alessia moved effortlessly from the musical stylings of Billie Eilish in an angsty version of “Pop Goes The Weasel” to an Amy Winehouse interpretation of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.” In the inevitable Winehouse biopic (that’s not a documentary), we’d like to nominate Alessia for the role of Amy. Thank you for your consideration.
While those vocal impressions were inspiring, the real beauty was in Cara’s showstopping impression of fellow Canadian Alanis Morissette. It’s unreal to think that Alessia wasn’t just lip-syncing to an Alanis recording of “Hush, Little Baby” (how appropriate, considering Alanis welcomed baby #3 recently). That tone is insanely perfect, Alessia!
Of course, we’ve got to give some props to Fallon for doing his darn best with impressions of The Doors doing “Rubber Duckie, You’re the One” and Mick Jagger singing “Baby Shark” (which was WILD). Jimmy’s not a singer, but the host certainly holds his own in these games (mostly).
Alessia also chatted to Jimmy about her upcoming EP, This Summer, and how Tyra Banks was almost on it. The single “Rooting for You,” which Alessia dropped last week, is based on the universally-adored Tyra Banks meme where she yells, “I was rooting for you! We were all rooting for you! How dare you?” at Tiffany Richardson after her elimination on America’s Next Top Model. Alessia wanted to sample that audio from the episode in her song, but apparently Tyra didn’t get back to her.
“I tried to get that in the beginning of the song, but her people—or her—didn’t answer my email,” Cara said. “So I couldn’t add it in. I couldn’t add the sample in.”
That’s a bummer. On the bright side, if Lil Nas X has taught us anything, it’s that you can make COUNTLESS versions of a song with different collaborators if you tweet hard enough. And also that making songs out of memes is the wave of the future. We’re ready.
Alessia capped off her appearance with the story of how she and Shawn Mendes—just two kids from the GTA—became uber-fans of each other and then friends. Canada knows these two have been ride-or-dies for years (Alessia told us so in 2015) but it’s always nice to hear her tell it again. We love our Canadian cuties.
“[Shawn] tweeted me [in 2013] and I was like, ‘Hey, that’s like the Vine-singer-guy! That’s so cool!'” she said. “Then we kind of kept in touch through all the years because we’re from pretty much the same place in Canada almost—like 40 minutes away from each other—and now we’re touring together. It’s so weird!”
It’s not weird, Alessia, it’s much deserved, boo.