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Meghan Trainor Reveals the Secret to Winning ‘Clash of the Cover Bands’

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Meghan Trainor stopped by The Tonight Show this week to discuss her new E! talent show Clash of the Cover Bands. Trainor is a judge on the competition, alongside Ester Dean and Adam Lambert.


During her interview, Trainor discussed her experience performing in a cover band, and she also revealed what she thinks makes for a strong cover artist ahead of the show’s premiere.

Meghan Trainor Talks ‘Clash of the Cover Bands’

Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon shared his excitement about the show as a producer, and he revealed that Trainor herself was in a cover band called Island Fusion with her family. The singer said it was “so embarrassing” to talk about, but she explained that they would cover pop, soca, and funk songs.

Trainor also shared that some of the contestants on Clash of the Cover Bands were so convincing, people in the building were fooled into thinking that the real artists were there on set. This prompted Fallon to ask the singer what she thinks makes a good cover band.


“Never thinking that you’re better than the original icon,” Trainor responded. “And I also loved a lot of the covers we had where they would stay in character. Like when we were interviewing them and asking them the questions, they were Bono, or they were Celine Dion.”

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Jimmy Fallon Shares a Preview of the New Talent Show

During Trainor’s appearance on The Tonight Show, Fallon shared a preview clip from Clash of the Cover Bands, in which the judges react to a performance from a U2 band. The singer playing Bono is pretty uncanny.


In the clip, Trainor explains that the judges are paying attention to vocal impression, physical embodiment, and overall performance. She gives the U2 cover band an “A plus plus,” calling them “so tight.” She also compliments the Bono impersonator’s vocals.

Fellow judge Ester Dean tells the band that she was “very entertained,” and encourages them to “take it to the next level.” Clash of the Cover Bands premieres on E! Wednesday night, October 13. It’s hosted by Stephen Boss, aka tWitch.

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