Our Weeknd Wish List: 5 Things We Want From The Weeknd on 'Saturday Night Live'
Fingers crossed for some helmets.
Timing has proven to be of the essence for The Weeknd lately, from changing his set time at The Meadows to accommodate the festival as well as performing on Saturday Night Live, to releasing back-to-back new tracks from his upcoming record just in time to perform them on SNL.
On Satuday (Oct. 1), The Weeknd will serve as the very first musical guest of SNL season 42. And while it's safe to say he will perform "Starboy" and "False Alarm," there's still plenty of room for a surprise or two.
Here are five things we hope The Weeknd does on SNL.
1. It's always fun when the musical guest pops up in a sketch or two. It would be a nice change of pace to see the shy and subtle R&B artist offer up a laugh or two alongside host Margot Robbie and the rest of the cast.
2. Whether or not The Weeknd performs in a bit, hopefully the cast will keep the hair jokes coming. Margot Robbie and Kenan Thompson already poked fun at the "impostor" in a promo video for the episode, but surely there are many more where that came from.
3. While The Weeknd has conveniently released two new tracks already, which will most likely be the two he performs, SNL would be an ideal platform to premiere a third new track off the upcoming album. In a time when inventive release tactics are all the rage, it may not be too far off.
4. If he does happen to stick with "Starboy" and "False Alarm," it would be a nice surprise to have him perform the beginning of "False Alarm" either a cappella or acoustically. The song's chorus is intense, to say the least, so a slower and softer rendition would be a warmly welcomed alternate take.
5. And finally, the most far-reaching wish of all... Daft Punk should make a guest appearance. The pioneering DJ duo are featured on "Starboy" and have otherwise been radio silent as of late. Dropping by late-night TV for a one-off performance may just be the right fit to welcome them back into the realm of live performance.
Saturday Night Live airs Saturday (Oct. 1) at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.