6 Things We Hope to See Alessia Cara Do on 'Saturday Night Live'

Meredith Truax
Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara is set to take the Saturday Night Live stage for the first time Saturday night (Feb. 4), serving as the musical guest to host Kristen Stewart.

The 20-year-old has landed four songs on the Billboard Hot 100 in her relatively short career thus far ("Here," "Scars to Your Beautiful," "Wild Things" and Moana track "How Far I'll Go"), meaning she has plenty to choose from when it comes to the songs she'll perform.

No matter what she chooses, though, we've thought up some SNL happenings we'd love to see prior to Cara's first appearance on the late-night comedy sketch show.

Bring out Lin-Manuel Miranda to duet for "How Far I'll Go" 

The dynamic track from Disney's latest animated hit Moana​ is making waves with fans, sitting at No. 65 on the Hot 100 (dated Feb. 11). Unfortunately Miranda, one of the songwriters for the film, is currently working (and living) in London for Mary Poppins Returns -- so while Cara may sing the popular tune, an appearance from the man who penned it probably won't happen.

Then again, Miranda will likely be Stateside for the Oscars -- at which the Moana track is up for best original song -- in a couple of weeks, so maybe he'll begin his trip to the U.S. early? Talk about making the Hamilton heads go crazy.

Consolation possibility: If Miranda isn't available, perhaps The Rock would be?

Sing "Seventeen"

Easily one of the best deep cuts from Cara's debut album Know-It-All, Cara could use her late-night performance to show the world what they're missing if they haven't listened to the full record. Not that we wouldn't want to hear Cara's top 10 hit "Here" in her first SNL appearance, but why not let some of her other great tunes shine?

Appear in a skit

It's not unusual to see an SNL musical guest make an appearance in a skit (or a few, if you're Justin Bieber), so this isn't a totally far-fetched thing. As for what kind of skit she should be in, we'll leave that up to the show's producers -- but it'd be fun to see her acting skills.

Premiere a collaboration with Zedd

Just more than 24 hours before Cara's SNL performance, both she and Zedd took to Twitter to be awfully cryptic about something happening during the commercial breaks of tonight's episode.

Break out her pair of sequined jeans once more

Cara is known for having a rather played-down style, typically sporting plain white T-shirts and bomber jackets. But when she took the stage for the HALO Awards this year, she rocked a pair of ripped jeans that were covered in iridescent sequins, spicing up her typical street-chic vibe.


thank u halo awards for having us. I wore some sparkly sequenced pants tonight & I'm into it

A photo posted by ALESSIA CARA (@alessiasmusic) on

If not a sequined pair of jeans, we're thinking Cara will come up with some sort of fashion statement for her SNL debut.

Give one of her empowering speeches

If you've ever seen Cara in concert, you know that she doesn't shy away from talking to her fans in between every song -- especially her latest Hot 100 smash "Scars to Your Beautiful." She typically says something compelling and uplifting, encouraging fans to be themselves and not conform to society's standards (similar to the speech she gave upon receiving the Rule Breaker award at Billboard's Women In Music event in December). Amid recent not-so-positive controversies, it'd be cool to hear one of the inspiring spiels on national television.


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