She Wanted A Second Chance To Perform At The Apollo, So Conan Gave It To Her

Hear Viviane's story and listen to her sing Stevie Wonder.

Conan O'Brien is doing his TBS talk show Conan from the Apollo Theater in New York City this week. While walking around Harlem for a segment on Monday night's episode, he made a new friend in Viviane Ouedraogo, who introduced herself with an impromptu performance of ABBA's "Dancing Queen."

The pair hung out for a bit and Conan later invited her to join him in front of his audience. He revealed that Viviane works around the corner from the Apollo at the New York Foundling, a child welfare agency. It actually wasn't her first time on the Apollo stage, as she explained that she sang Steve Wonder during an amateur night when she was in 11th grade. Unfortunately, she got booed and struggled to hit one note in particular.

So Conan decided to give her a second chance to nail the performance: "This time, hit that note just right."


Viviane went on to sing "Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer," and this time there were no boos — only cheers. She got choked up on stage when the song was finished and Conan gave her a hug. The lovely moment was a great way for the host to start off his time in New York.

Hear Viviane's story and watch her performance in the video below:


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