Regé-Jean Page of Bridgerton fame made his hosting debut on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, and fans had plenty to swoon over. (Yes, there was even a sultry spoon cameo.) But one of the most crush-inducing surprises was the discovery that the Duke of Hastings can sing.
Page proved to be the gift that keeps on giving as he grabbed a microphone and shocked viewers with his impressive vocals during a flawless rendition of The Righteous Brothers‘ Unchained Melody during the show's opening monologue. The performance was especially surprising given the actor's previous confession that he is nothing like this super-suave Bridgerton alter ego: “I’m shy, emotional, it‘s hard for me to talk about myself because, well, I just want to listen.”
The British-Zimbabwean actor opened up about Bridgerton's sex scenes during his opening monologue: “The show that made everyone turn to their mums and say, ‘Never mind, I don’t think we should watch this together.' And because of that, people may associate me with being this smoldering, sensual smoke show. But I assure you I'm just a regular guy.”
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SNL cast members Aidy Bryant and Ego Nwodim joined Page in several skits. “That's a character. None of that is real,” Page insisted, following Bryant's reference to several sex scenes. Although, things did get a little steamy in the opening as he swept an eyelash off Bryant’s face and told her to make a wish. Her reply? "My wish was rated R." But it was SNL co-star Chloe Fineman who stole the show, as she dressed up as Phoebe Dynevor's Daphne Bridgerton for a cheeky skit with Page.
Fans couldn't hold back after watching the rising Bridgerton star in action. One commenter took to Twitter saying: “I lost it when Regé-Jean Page started to sing Unchained Melody... who gave him the right to be able to sing?!?!??!?! #SNL.” Another added: “He SINGS too?!! Oh, my... swoon...”
He SINGS too?!! Oh, my....swoon....❤️❤️❤️February 21, 2021
RJP had previously appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, where he explained why he had to warn all of his close family and friends ahead of Bridgerton's racy release and its numerous sex scenes: "We missed one of my cousins. She sent me a message that was like, ‘I had to make so many tactical cups of tea during the show.’ She said, ‘I came back, and you were still going, so I had to go back and put the kettle back on.’ So my family are very stimulated and caffeinated at this point, which sounds like a deadly combination.”
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