It’s the musical collaboration we never knew we needed, but now we can’t stop listening: Kelly Clarkson and Schitt’s Creek star Annie Murphy joined forces to perform the cult-favourite track from the show, “A Little Bit Alexis.”
Murphy appeared as a guest on The Kelly Clarkson Show earlier this week, during which they took a break from chatting to sing the beloved Alexis Rose audition song together. Clarkson added her own original verse, shouting out her home state of Texas and her “like, 20 jobs.”
We imagine Clarkson was just as excited as viewers are. When Schitt’s Creek walked away empty-handed from the Critics Choice Awards a few weeks ago, Clarkson made a point to acknowledge the show: “I personally love Eugene Levy, I love you… Schitt’s Creek is the jam,” she said while presenting the award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.
Murphy hilariously responded [in character] to the clip of her and Clarkson: “Oh my god, David! YOU try performing A Little Bit Alexis with @kellyclarkson in front of stars of 1917 who are VERY confused about what’s going on, while being haunted by the ghost of your teenage self who is trying to make you pass out every two seconds! Ugh!”
Oh my god, David! YOU try performing A Little Bit Alexis with @kellyclarkson in front of the stars of 1917 who are VERY confused about what's going on, while being haunted by the ghost of your teenage self who is trying to make you pass out every two seconds! Ugh! @SchittsCreek https://t.co/kIMCtxBVzg
— Annie Murphy (@annefrances) January 30, 2020
Murphy discussed her struggle to find work pre-Schitt’s Creek with Clarkson and even confessed that she almost quit acting. “Things were quite bleak,” said Murphy. “My house had just burned down, I had like, three dollars in my bank account. Things hadn’t worked in close to two years.” She explained that she got the audition for Schitt’s Creek just two days after a particularly bad audition experience. She’s been Alexis Rose a main character on the show since it premiered in 2015.
Murphy recently told ELLE Canada how she feels about the show’s inevitable end and its looming legacy: “I hope that it continues to be a safe haven for people. Schitt’s Creek, at its core, is about love. It’s about family. It’s about acceptance. And I think that’s why it has become so popular. Especially now. People need a place to go to feel safe and happy. I hope it continues to be that.”
The sixth and final season of Schitt’s Creek premiered on CBC earlier this month. It’s a bittersweet goodbye, but we can now hope that fans of both the show and of Clarkson will pay homage by auditioning for American Idol with “A Little Bit Alexis.”
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