Jimmy Fallon's "Wheel of Impressions" game has been the home of many a young starlet's vocal talent humblebrag. Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande have tried their hand at the wheel — and killed it — and now, up-and-coming Alessia Cara has given it a whirl. She even impersonated fellow Wheel of Impressions-er Grande (and Nicki Minaj singing the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song). But, really, it was Cara's impression of Lorde that should have the New Zealand "Royals" singer kind of worried. Because as it turns out, Cara's Lorde might even rival the real Lorde. It's that spot on.
A day before she takes the Saturday Night Live stage, alongside host Kristen Stewart, Cara stopped by The Tonight Show. The two reminisced about her first performance on the show, wherein she sang "Here," and then was so excited post-performance that she forgot to shake Fallon's hand. They also came to the conclusion that Cara's somewhat of a Twitter prophet, as in 2012, she tweeted about going on SNL, and on Saturday, she will be doing just that.
But, none of those things are why we are. We are here to talk about Cara as Lorde. And how they actually might be the same person. Or how (possibly) Lorde came into Cara's body à la Patrick Swayze in Whoopi Goldberg during Ghost. (Kind of. Technically that was still Goldberg's voice). Anyway, digression aside, something other-worldly was going on in this performance.
Lorde hasn't released an album since 2013's Pure Heroine, but she's been hinting at a follow-up for a while. Some suspect that it will drop in spring 2017. Until then, relax, sit back, close your eyes, and listen to what is not Lorde sing "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep." Even though, let me reiterate, it sounds exactly like Lorde. (The impression comes in at the 3:58 mark.)
She's only 20 years old, but so far, Cara's four popular songs have found themselves on the Billboard Hot 100 ("Wild Things," "Scars to Your Beautiful," "Here," and "How Far I'll Go" from the Disney hit, Moana). She's also about to appear SNL. This is not unlike Lorde, the singer-songwriter who hit the Billboard Hot 100 with her song "Royals" at the age of only 16, and also took the SNL stage at 19.
After seeing this video, it might be time to re-think everything we know about Cara and Lorde. Either they are the same person, or Cara is a very, very good ventriloquist and Lorde was hiding somewhere backstage.
Or, fine, Cara is just very, very good at impressions. That could be the case, too.