The duet might be a classic staple of anniversary albums and karaoke bars around the world, but, to me, a duet is only as good as the song being performed. So when Kelly Clarkson and Jimmy Fallon performed a duet medley on The Tonight Show on Monday, I have to confess that I was more than a little bored. I've seen Fallon participated in lip sync battles with celebrities and I've seen Fallon perform entirely original — and entirely hilarious — songs with celebrities. By contrast, this duet medley was kind of boring in its predictability. If there was a classic song that was practically written with duet potential in mind, Clarkson and Fallon performed it. There were no surprises here. Probably because the video was called "History of Duets," but, I mean, it wasn't called a "History of Popular Duets" or "History of Popular Duets That Stop At A Certain Decade."
About the only thing capable of saving the duet medley from being a complete snoozefest was how much fun Clarkson was having the entire time she and Fallon were performing. Every time she wasn't singing or play acting, she was smiling widely or laughing through her designated lyrics. She was having all the fun of your friend at the karaoke bar who is not only brave enough to be the one to go first, but also basks in being on stage. However, unlike your friend at the karaoke bar, Clarkson is Clarkson — so she was actually talented.
In that way, Clarkson manages to completely and utterly steal the show, leaving Fallon behind in the dust. However, both of them seemed to really enjoy performing with each other, so it's hard to fault her star power for being so overwhelming. I just wish they had done more exciting or surprising songs than "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" and "I Got You Babe" — among other predictable options.
Check out the "History of Duets" video below.