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Break Yo’ TV: Elton John on The Muppet Show

on June 10, 2010, 2:15pm

There can’t be anything more ridiculous than a group of strange, spastic puppets covering prominent pop hits from the 70’s and early 80’s… Actually, on second thought, only one Muppet Show performance exceeds the ridiculousness of all the other musical parodies experienced by longtime viewers of the program. I mean, a duet between Ms. Piggy and Elton John has got to drop some jaws.

Yes, I said it. Ms. Piggy and Elton John sing together. John walks out on stage in an all pink powersuit and top hat and then proceeds to introduce the “lovely” Miss Piggy. After the tear-jerking moment in which Piggy confesses her love for John, they break out into song; “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, in the moment, was obviously the perfect choice. The contrast between Elton John’s high-pitched vocals and Miss Piggy’s nasally ones makes it all that much better.

This mash-up between puppet and musician was, undoubtedly, the beginning of Elton John’s downfall. I don’t care how great his songs were after this live performance happened, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” on The Muppet Show was a foreshadowing of things to come for the infamous pop star.

A good 20 years or so later, John went on to perform two different shows that can only be directly related to the strange duet between him and Miss Piggy. One of the closely connected performances was a duet between Eminem and the knighted pop star, himself. The other? Well the other happened very recently. I’m sure all of you have heard about Rush Limbaugh’s birthday party? If not, stop living in a world full of Muppets and read the news.

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