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Kelsea Ballerini Wows SNL Audience: Look + Listen

Making her very first appearance on Saturday Night Live, Kelsea Ballerini performed “Blindsided” and “Penthouse,” from her recently released surprise EP Rolling Up the Welcome Mat.

Hosted by NFL star Travis Kelce, for “Blindsided” Ballerini tacked on a new ending to the tune that referenced her recent split and subsequent tabloid drama as she sang “Now you’re singin’ it loud on the radio like you’re the only heart that breaks / You would’ve searched the whole world over? Yeah, sure, OK.”

For “Penthouse,” the singer wore a white dress and, standing in front of a matching white piano, belted out the lyrics, “We played the part five nights, but we were never there on the weekends, baby.”

Ballerini’s been a fixture in the news of late, both for releasing new music and for going public about her messy divorce when teh country-pop star split from singer-songwriter Morgan Evans in August 2022 after nearly five years together. Evans subsequently released a song called “Over for You” that touched on him being blindsided by the end of their relationship.

In response to Ballerini’s new EP and short film, Evans used Twitter to express his disappointment, writing “It’s really sad for me to see this person, who I spent so much of my life with, and loved with all my heart, saying things that aren’t reality and that leave out what really happened.”

In response, during a new episode of the Call Her Daddy podcast, Kelsea let loose on how messy things had gotten stating “Who you marry is not who you divorce.” “As he’s putting out a song about being blindsided, he’s taking half the house that he didn’t pay for.” In return, Evans decided to put out an entire docuseries about their relationship and split.

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Author: Saul Goode

Photo: jenniferlinneaphotography from Denver, CO, USA