Jencarlos Canela Sings Katy Perry's 'Unconditionally' as Jesus on 'The Passion' Live

Jencarlos Canela, The Passion
Austin Hargrave

Jencarlos Canela photographed on Feb. 29 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles.

On Palm Sunday (March 20), Tyler Perry hosted the live TV musical The Passion on Fox, a modern retelling of the story of Jesus' crucifixion set in New Orleans. Seal, Daughtry, and Prince Royce all delivered standout vocal performances throughout the two-hour event, as did Jencarlos Canela, the actor-singer who played Jesus.

His most memorable vocal was near the end of the night, when he stood atop the Westin Hotel in New Orleans and sang Katy Perry's Prism song "Unconditionally" from the perspective of the risen Christ.

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Using the pop song to represent Jesus' unconditional love for humanity was a fitting choice, especially since Perry's parents are preachers and she grew up in a very active Christian environment (her first album, released as Katy Hudson, is actually a Christian rock release).

Even if Perry's parents aren't that into the whipped cream-spouting bra, they can probably get behind this. 


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