Wednesday, April 17, 2024

“SNL” Winning Night with Kate McKinnon’s Charming Monologue and Billie Eilish’s Enchanting Christmas Song


“Saturday Night Live” wasn’t perfect last night. But it did have a couple of outstanding moments.

Kate McKinnon hosted, and her monologue was charming. She also had her pals, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, joining in.

Then there was musical guest Billie Eilish. She sang her haunting “Barbie” song, “What Was I Made For,” with brother Finneas on piano.

But Billie’s outstanding moment was really singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” just beautifully. She “really” sang it, not just whispered it, and showed off a potential Voice with a capital V.

“SNL” can be very frustrating. Why didn’t Kate play Rudy Giuliani? It was a missed opportunity. And the cold open was a mystery.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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