“What’s Going on?” Tems’ Performance at Fallon’s Tonight Show Sparks Debate on Her Stage Presence

“What’s Going on?” Tems’ Performance at Fallon’s Tonight Show Sparks Debate on Her Stage Presence

  • Nigerian singer Tems graced the renowned Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show on Monday, May 20, where she thrilled her audience
  • The captivating moment had her perform a medley of her songs, her recently released single, Love Me JeJe, and an unreleased song from her forthcoming debut album
  • A snippet of the singer on stage singing to the 1997 Seyi Sodimu classic received conflicting reactions from many online users
  • In chat a brief conversation with famed radio host Osi Suave, he shared his observation on Tems' Tongight Show's performance

Nigerian fast-rising singer Temilade Openiyi, best known as Tems, trended on Elon Musk's X following her appearance on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show on Monday, May 20.

She performed a two-track medley of her latest single, 'Love Me JeJe,' and an unreleased song, Born in the Wild, from her highly anticipated debut album, scheduled for release on June 7.

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Tems performs at Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show
Tems trended following her performance at Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show. Credit: @temsbaby
Source: Instagram

With her live band and supporting vocalists in black sports jackets and matching suit pants, Tems shone brightly against the amber sunset backdrop in a glossy vanilla-white bodysuit that hugged her bubbly curves.

However, a clip of the Diva performing the 1997 Seyi Sodimu classic made the rounds online, leaving netizens to share their unfiltered observations about the 'Try Me' breakout star.

Watch the snippet below:

A lot of people don't understand what is needed for indoor performances - Osi Suave

Top media personality Osi Suave gave a review of Tems' Tonight Show's performance amid the tonnes of online backlashes

"She did amazing and alot of people don't understand the technicalities of indoor performances for small audiences so they bash.

Netizens react to Tems' stage performance

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There were conflicting views on Tems' stage aura. While some praised her vocal artistry, others had different opinions about her rendition.

Legit.ng compiled the reactions below:


"2/10.eds to work on her stage performance though…No energy in the performance."




"Why is she struggling to make this song a hit? There must be something else on that album na."


"The song is mid hence her performance."


"What’s going on?"


"Tems album is really going to be heavily criticized by Nigerians, all these agendas being pushed right now are just preamble and trust me, it won’t have much impacts on the global reception of the album. It’s one thing to not find her music relatable but don’t say she can’t sing."


"This sex appeal thing dey difficult for Tems. Make she ask Tiwa savage for lessons."

Tems speaks on her journey to global recognition

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The singer described her journey to the global spotlight as a testimony. She talked about her journey from Lagos to becoming a well-known figure worldwide.

Delivering a prologue at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the United States, on July 2, 2023, Tems said:

"You know, my life is a testimony. I guess, for those who don’t understand, I’m from Lagos, Nigeria."

Proofreading by Nkem Ikeke, journalist and copy editor at Legit.ng.

Source: Legit.ng

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