Rock n’ roll legend Elton John and Welsh actor Taron Egerton performed a duet of “Tiny Dancer” during the singer’s famous AIDS Foundation Academy Award viewing party on Sunday (Feb. 24). The rendition of the 1972 ballad was Egerton’s first-ever live performance, made even better with John’s added harmonies.
John surprised Egerton by inviting him onto the stage for an impromptu performance of the track. As Egerton walked on stage, he turned towards the audience and said, “It’s funny how life turns out, isn’t it?” before belting out the song.
As Egerton serenaded the audience, John played the piano in a golden, bedazzled jacket. The 71-year-old star joined Egerton in the song’s second chorus, much to the delight of the cheering audience.
Egerton will be playing John in the upcoming biopic film, Rocketman, which will focus on the early years of the pop icon’s career. His duet with John serves as a tease for what’s to come; the 29-year-old has confirmed that he will be singing all of John’s songs featured in the film himself. The movie is currently scheduled for a May 31 release.
John also performed “Daniel” with The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers. Check out a clip here.
Watch Taron Egerton and Elton John’s full performance of “Tiny Dancer” below: