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Lil Nas X axed dancers over COVID fears 15 minutes before ‘SNL’ rehearsals

Lil Nas X realized that he needed to scrap his “Saturday Evening Dwell” dancers over COVID fears simply 15 minutes before rehearsals for the present started, Web page Six is advised.

On Sunday, the red-hot rapper tweeted, “at first i used to be afraid to even carry out. then we rehearsed for two weeks, then all the dancers bought eliminated as a result of one had covid and new ones needed to be taught the routine in 24 hours, after which i ended up ripping my pants and couldn’t end. every part occurs for a motive tho lol.”

However his efficiency coach advised Web page Six in regards to the behind-the-scenes scramble to maintain the present on monitor — calling the “Previous City Highway” star “king of the push-through.”

“We landed in New York on Wednesday, and Thursday we realized that one of many six dancers examined Constructive, however there was just one dancer who was vaccinated! We actually discovered 15 minutes before [his first] rehearsal,” KJ Rose advised Web page Six.

“He’s the king of the push-through,” she added, “however I wished to verify he didn’t harp on the information, so whereas we had been jogging by means of the studio – I used to be hyping him up with affirming and inspiring phrases. We left the information within the dressing room, the place he’d heard it and he rehearsed by himself as if he had dancers. He did all of it as in the event that they had been there,” she added.

Fortunate for Lil Nas X, his choreographer Sean Bankhead has an arsenal of dancers on the prepared who had been flown in to switch the unique staff.

“They realized the choreography over Zoom Thursday evening, flew in Friday, rehearsed and shot the present on Saturday,” Rose mentioned.

The brand new dancers joined him for his first efficiency of the evening, “Montero (Name Me By Your Identify),” the place he was pressured to carry his crotch after ripping the seams of his pants. Then he hit the stage solo to carry out his most private tune, “Solar Goes Down,” and “SNL” honcho Lorne Michaels was “smiling and rocking” alongside, Rose mentioned.

“It was good [seeing Michaels’ reaction]. It was Nas at his most sincere. It felt like we received and we delivered,” she mentioned.

The singer celebrated his “SNL” look with a personal get together at Michael Cohen’s new Chelsea cocktail lounge, Motel 23, the place friends needed to present their vaccination playing cards before getting into.

Legendary Damon hosted the occasion and waitresses served up champagne and Taco Bell to friends like stylist Ty Hunter, Tk Marvel, The Blonds, Regulation Roach, Alvin Ailey dancer Yannick Lebrun and Native Son founder Emil Wilbekin. One pandemic-fatigued music trade vet was so excited to be out of her house that she didn’t even know what get together she was attending. “I believed I used to be attending [the other] Nas get together,” she mentioned referring to the rap legend.

In the meantime, “SNL” solid and crew stayed native and celebrated with an afterparty on the Rainbow Room the place Questlove spun tunes.

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