Who was Kristin Chenoweth's surprise duet partner? Sterling K. Brown

We’re starting to wonder if there’s anything Sterling K. Brown can’t do. 

The This Is Us star dazzled the audience at the Television Critics Association’s annual awards ceremony Saturday, joining multi-talented host Kristin Chenoweth onstage for a surprise duet.

Brown’s castmates, attending the ceremony in Beverly Hills to receive the Outstanding New Program award, jumped up and cheered with delight when Chenoweth — who also proposed renaming the TCA Awards the Chennys — called the Emmy winner up to the stage.

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Chenoweth, an Emmy and Tony winner herself, told the audience that singing with Brown was a dream for her as she heaped praised on the actor, who is nominated again for an Emmy for This Is Us. He returned the sentiment, calling Chenoweth the most wonderful person before offering a caveat — “other than my wife.”

Brown, who after the show said he sang in high school, offered one reason for performing: “There’s no cameras.” He needn’t have worried.

The pair sang For Good from Wicked, the Broadway hit that featured Chenoweth as Glinda. They exchanged verses, with Brown holding his own with the dazzling Broadway star, before drawing big applause as they sang a line together. 

A later harmonizing riff drew even louder cheers from the audience, a mix of award winners and TCA members. The two closed and then shared a big hug, with the athletic Brown lifting the much smaller Chenoweth off her feet.

Now, that’s how to start an awards show.

 

  

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