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Jimmy Fallon’s “Wheel of Musical Impressions” sketch showcases the talent of singers who are good at mimicking other singers. Last night, Christina Aguilera popped up on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote the new season of The Voice and ended up getting roped into a “Musical Impressions” challenge that featured a Britney Spears impression. You can watch her and Fallon square off, below.
I wasn’t sure anyone could ever beat Adam Levine’s Michal Jackson impression, but as a Voice coach, Christina is competitive in nature, and was sure willing to give Levine (also a Voice coach) a run for his money. In the segment, she warms up with Cher singing the Folgers jingle. However, then she’s given the task of mimicking Britney Spears singing “This Little Piggy” to the tune of “Baby One More Time.” That’s kind-of a lot of things going on at once, but Christina absolutely crushes her Britt Britt impersonation.
Fallon’s notably impressed by the impression, and we should be amused, too. Back in the day, before Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears both grew up and had children, the two pop singers were engaged in a bitter feud that was consistently fueled by tabloid rumors. There was even one time when an MTV VMAs kiss with Madonna caused some problems between Christina and Britney after the media focused on the Spears and Madonna kiss. The two singers clearly aren’t making headlines and have their own lives at this point, but there’s something uniquely engaging about seeing Christina Aguilera mimic her former competitor.
While the Britney Spears impression is clearly the highlight of this “Wheel of Musical Impressions,” Fallon holds his own with a pretty good David Bowie, and toward the end the two duet as Michael McDonald and (other fellow Voice coach) Shakira to sing the “Golden Girls Theme Song.” If only every episode of The Tonight Show could feature such excellent impressions…
Luckily, Jimmy Fallon is quite fond of games. Other favorites include “Box of Lies” and “Password.” The recurring nature of most of these bits means that more “Wheel of Musical Impressions” is likely in our future. Whoever takes on the challenge next has some big shoes to fill, however.
You can catch new episodes of NBC’s The Tonight Show on weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET.