If you were out having a good time on Independence Day Eve, you may have missed Dolly Parton's tribute to the 25th anniversary of her Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, theme park, Dollywood--a blowout concert featuring appearances from numerous country luminaries, which aired on the Hallmark Channel Saturday night.
And, hey, that's okay if you missed the show. The holiday weekend is for partying, not staying home and watching TV, right? However, here's a highlight of the special that I'm sure you wouldn't want to miss: Parton taking the stage with her godchild, Miley Cyrus, to perform a duet of her classic "Jolene."
Now, this enduring little tune about girl vs. (much hotter) girl in competition for the same man is one that's had quite a set of legs, so to speak. It's been covered and re-interpreted by a range of artists, from Olivia Newton-John to the White Stripes to the Sisters Of Mercy. Just about every musical genre has taken a crack at it.
But somehow, this performance with Cyrus has a unique sparkly feel to it--perhaps it's the spirit of playfulness lifting up what is, essentially, a hauntingly depressing song. The affection between Parton and Cyrus is clearly genuine. (My favorite part: Parton's impish little caress while singing "Your beauty is beyond compare, with flaming locks of auburn hair.")
The duet also proves that although Cyrus has been outspoken about her disdain for the country music scene, she still can walk that walk most competently. I personally think it's a true waste of talent if she turns her back on country permanently--like it or not, she's got it in her blood.
Parton has been a longtime staunch fan of Cyrus, most recently defending the younger performer's risque outfit choices of late. "If you think I'm going to sit here and pass judgment on Miley, you're wrong," she told Access Hollywood. "I think she's beautiful. I love her.
"She's trying to grow up, you know. I remember when I was horny and young."
Let me know what you think of these two gals performing together!
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