Taylor Swift Narrates & Soundtracks Olympics Promo Hyping USA Women’s Gymnastics

Taylor Swift narrates a new NBC Olympics promo -- which is also soundtracked by the title track from 2020's Evermore album -- and hypes up her fans for the women's gymnastics individual all-around competition, airing at 8 p.m. ET Thursday night.

Taylor Swift Narrates & Soundtracks Olympics Promo Hyping USA Women’s Gymnastics

“Life can surprise you,” Taylor Swift says in a brand-new promo for NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. And as it turns out, your favorite pop star can surprise you too.

Swift narrates the new promo — which is soundtracked by her title track from 2020’s Evermore album with Bon Iver — and hypes up her fans for the women’s gymnastics individual all-around competition, airing at 8 p.m. ET Thursday night (July 29) on NBC. Team USA women’s gymnastics has been grabbing headlines all week because of Simone Biles pulling out of competition. The new promo references the unexpected pair of Sunisa Lee and Jade Carey leading the way for Team USA in Biles’ place, with Carey starting the week out as an alternate.

“Life can surprise you. It can humble you. It can test you. It can inspire you,” Swift says in the promo, over footage of the women practicing. “They didn’t expect this to be the story. But that doesn’t mean they weren’t ready for the spotlight. They’ve worked for this. They’ve dreamed about this. They belong here. So don’t be surprised as the story takes flight from here, in the women’s all-around in Tokyo.”

The promo ends with “Suni & Jade” flashing across the screen, as the two teammates fist-bump in celebration.

“Couldn’t have said it better ourselves, @taylorswift13,” NBC wrote in a tweet sharing the promo, which Swift retweeted.

The competition went down early Thursday morning U.S. time, but NBC’s primetime coverage will show (spoiler alert) Lee winning all-around gold while Carey finishes in eighth place.

Watch the promo below:

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Lorde Talks ‘Solar Power,’ Connection Between Bennifer & Cicadas on ‘Hot Ones’

Lorde's latest stop on the press tour for her album 'Solar Power,' arriving Aug. 20, was at First We Feast's hit series "Hot Ones," hosted by Sean Evans.

Lorde Talks ‘Solar Power,’ Connection Between Bennifer & Cicadas on ‘Hot Ones’

Fifteen minutes into her Hot Ones debut, Lorde was not fazed by all of the super spicy chicken wings she had already eaten.

That all changed after a few bites of a sauce with a Scoville hotness rating of 135,600, which was so spicy, the New Zealand pop star struggled to keep talking about her orca-watching helicopter expedition in Antarctica. “Ugh, it is hot,” she grimaced. “I’m doing good, it’s — I feel it.”

The 24-year-old singer’s latest stop on the press tour for her much-anticipated new album Solar Power (arriving Aug. 20) was on the viral web show Hot Ones, hosted by Sean Evans. Following the release of her latest single “Stoned at the Nail Salon,” Lorde joined Evans to chow down on some ridiculously hot wings and answer questions about her new music, life and onion rings.

When asked about the common themes behind Solar Power, she said, “I basically thought of the album as a sun-worship album. I’m not religious in any way, but my experiences in nature in the last couple years were as close to what I’ve experienced as religion. It was a sort of devotional record for me.”

Lorde then talked again about her inclusion of cicada sounds in the record, which was produced by Melodrama collaborator Jack Antonoff. She had no idea that the album would line up with Brood X, the mass awakening of eastern cicadas every 17 years, but told Evans she now understands its importance: “The last time it happened was in 2004, when I guess J.Lo and Ben Affleck were together, and now they’re back together!”

She also revealed she’s a huge “lyric nut” and goes on Genius whenever music she likes comes out to analyze the lyrics. She’s even checked out the fan annotations on there for her own lyrics, and laughed about how sometimes the writers apply more meaning than there is to what she’s composed. “No, no, no, it’s too much,” she said. “It’s not that deep all the time. But I like it.”

Lorde went on to talk about avoiding the spotlight when not promoting a new album/touring, a decision she apparently made back when she was 16. “There’s a certain kind of zone you can get in when people are gassing you up, telling you you’re the sh– all the time. I obviously became well-known when I was super young,” she said. “I made a real choice at that age to not really let that validation change my day, because it could be maybe not showing up for your loved ones. It’s a slippery slope.”

It’s long been public knowledge that onion rings are close to Lorde’s heart, especially after her secret onion ring review account on Instagram was found by fans, but now the expert herself has revealed exactly what she looks for in a five-star onion ring. “I want an onion that’s been cut thickly,” she explained. “I want a pretty crisp yet thick crust. I want it to have some substance. I guess I’d probably more be into a battered than crumbed, if forced to make a choice.”

Watch Lorde take on Hot Ones below:

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