Wednesday 22 January 2020

'It's called Saturday Night Live for a reason' - Niall to fulfil his dream

Niall Horan’s flirty encounter with Lizzo has gone viral. Photo: PA Wire
Niall Horan’s flirty encounter with Lizzo has gone viral. Photo: PA Wire
Lizzo. Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Niall Horan says that starring as musical guest on Saturday Night Live tonight will be one of the highlights of his career.

The Mullingar singer is currently rehearsing for the show, which will be hosted by Marriage Story actress Scarlett Johansson.

The former One Direction star told American talk show host Jimmy Fallon that getting the invite to the legendary show was on par with the Grammys.

"I've just been up the stairs rehearsing. I mean, It's SNL," he said.

"For us, the Grammys and SNL are like one and two right next to each other. To get the call from Lorne Michaels to say you're going to be musical guest, it's pretty sweet."

He confirmed his performance will be going out live across America.


"It's called Saturday Night Live for a reason", he said on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

The singer - who has had nearly 100 million streams of his single Nice To Meet Ya - is embarking on a US arena tour with Lewis Capaldi next year.

"I can't wait. It's my first time giving it a go in arenas on my own so that should be fun," he said.

He joked that he was still blushing after his flirty encounter with Lizzo in a London radio studio last week which went viral.

"I was in London, this is so random, doing a radio performance in a studio and she was coming to do an interview in the studio as well," he said.

"Someone said, 'Lizzo is here, she would love to meet you'.

"So, we were passing in the corridor and I said, 'Lovely to meet you', gave her a big hug, said 'Your voice is incredible, your songs are amazing. You're absolutely smashing it'.

"Literally without missing a beat she said, 'You could smash this'. I was just like 'fair play'.

"I actually started blushing myself."

He admitted that his new album, which will be released next year, was inspired by heartbreak, including his latest song Put A Little Love On Me.

"It's not all sad. You know when you break up with someone it's not just all like looking out the window feeling sorry," he added.

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