‘SNL’ Showcases Karmin, Honors Whitney Houston

Idolator Staff | February 11, 2012 11:42 pm

Offbeat pop duo Karmin punctuated their remarkable journey from “Look At Me Now” re-makers to mainstream stars with an appearance on the Saturday Night Live stage, where they knocked out performances of two original songs, including the surprisingly peppy “Broken Hearted”. As with Lana Del Rey’s SNL performance (oh, did you hear about that?), it’s likely the first time casual pop fans may see or hear from an Internet phenom out to prove their mettle. How did they fare making the leap from computer screen to TV screen? Watch — and catch SNL‘s nod to Whitney Houston — below.

The duo is working on their forthcoming major-label debut Hello, and they have top-shelf producers and songwriters like Claude Kelly (Bruno Mars’ “Grenade”, Adam Lambert’s “Better Than I Know Myself”) in their corner. Despite the stakes of their late-night TV appearance, Karmin’s Amy Heidemann told Entertainment Weekly that “We’re not really nervous!” Or, as her cohort (and boyfriend) Nick Noonan put it, “[SNL] is like our coming-out party.”

Karmin, “Brokenhearted”

Karmin, “I Told You So”

Karmin’s appearance on the show (hosted by Zooey Deschanel) was somewhat overshadowed, of course by the death of Whitney Houston. And the show did briefly note the events of the evening, via a photo of Houston from her long-ago appearance.

Is Karmin likely to convert their YouTube fame to mainstream hits? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments.