Are you ready for it? It’s been a long eight years since Taylor Swift has been on SNL, but she’s making her return as the musical guest this weekend.
Saturday night’s episode, hosted by Tiffany Haddish, will be Swift’s first live, televised appearance following the release of new album Reputation.
Here are five things we’d love to see from her Saturday Night Liveperformance. Catch the episode tonight (Nov. 11) at 11:30 p.m. ET.
Monologue Music, Part Two
Back in 2009, when Swift last appeared on SNL, she delivered the slightly self-deprecating “Monologue Song.” She’s not hosting this time around, but in a promo with Haddish, the two joke about pretending a song on the new album is about the comedian. Before the end of Haddish’s monologue, might Swift surprise her with an improvised Reputation track featuring lyrics about her?
What ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ Looks Like on Stage
Although “LWYMMD,” the official introduction to the Reputation era, was released nearly three months ago, no one has seen Swift perform it live. The lead song’s Joseph Kahn-directed music video could spark plenty of theatrical set ideas for Swift’s SNL stage, giving fans a taste of what’s to come on tour.
Another Side of Swift, From Side B
If Reputation was a double album, its second part would likely begin with “Gorgeous.” The darker first half of the LP makes way for some excellent love and/or sexy-time songs, and bringing sensual slow jam “Dress” to the SNL stage would surely leave some people shook. (Alternate choice: an intimate, stripped down version of the urgent and honest “Getaway Car.”)
A Reappearance of the ‘Old Taylor’
Although she’s billed as musical guest, if Swift happens to inspire any SNL skits, there’s plenty of material that could be pulled from her “Look What You Made Me Do” declaration: “I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now/ Why? Oh, ’cause she’s dead!” Perhaps we’ll see the SNL cast starring as the Taylors of bygone times, in their own reenactment of the single’s music video.
i know i’m prolly late to the bandwagon but the look what you made me do video is so good??? OLD TAYLOR SWIFTS IN ONE PLACE HAD ME SHOOK pic.twitter.com/HhonDOfrxI
— ペリー (@spideyperry) August 28, 2017
The Parts That Don’t Get Televised
Swift loves interacting with her fans on social media, so why not take them along for the SNL ride? She already shared some behind-the-scenes footage from rehearsals. On show night, a quick hello before she goes live, a minute of her time amid her post-performance high and, of course, clips from the after-party would all be welcome.1 of 1