"It's funny how life turns out isn't it," Egerton told the audience, before flawlessly belting out the lyrics to the iconic 1971 hit.
For anyone that had any doubts about Taron Egerton's singing abilities, do we have a clip for you.
At Elton John's AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party Sunday night, the pop icon and British actor took the stage and performed a heartwarming rendition of Elton's classic ballad "Tiny Dancer." Egerton, who plays the singer in the upcoming biopic "Rocketman" and does his own singing in the film, proved that he has quite the set of pipes.
"It's funny how life turns out isn't it," Egerton told the audience, before flawlessly belting out the lyrics to the iconic 1971 hit. According to Paramount Pictures in a press release, Egerton only agreed to perform if Elton played the piano. And we, for one, are so glad he did. The "Kingsman" star, 29, seemed to perform the song as a solo at first until Elton joined in -- around 2:39 in the clip. The men sang the rest of the song as a duet, while Elton continued to work his magic on the keys.
Like the audience, Elton seemed to approve of Egerton's incredible singing and even looked like he was getting emotional at one point. As a person pointed out in a YouTube comment, "Elton John looking like a proud mom."
At the end of the performance, Elton put his arm out in admiration to Egerton and he did the same. Excuse us as we wipe the tears from our eyes. Watch the full clip below.
We heard pieces of Egerton's incredible singing in the latest trailer for "Rocketman," released last week. However, seeing the actor's full performance with Elton himself just makes us even more excited for the film.
The biopic follows the "fantastical journey" of Elton's life, beginning from his years as child musical prodigy, Reginald Dwight, through his rise to stardom and his legendary partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin (played by Jamie Bell.) The biopic, which Paramount Pictures calls an "epic musical fantasy," tells the "universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture."
As previously mentioned, unlike Rami Malek's Oscar-winning performance as Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody," Egerton is doing all of his own singing in the film. At a first listen, it's hard to tell that it's not Elton's incredible voice booming through the speakers.
Although the trailer is only a little over two minutes, we hear snippets of Egerton's flawless versions of "Your Song," "Benny and the Jets," "Tiny Dancer" and more. The trailer teases the use of fantasy elements, similar to the 2007 drama "Across the Universe." It also looks like "Rocketman" will detail Elton's struggle with addiction.
The film also stars Richard Madden as Elton's manager and former lover John Reid, Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton's mother Sheila Eileen and is directed by Dexter Fletcher, who previously directed Egerton in the biopic "Eddie The Eagle." Fletcher also took over as director of the Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody," following the exit of Bryan Singer.
One thing's for sure, we can already see Egerton getting an Oscar nomination with this performance.
"Rocketman" hits theaters May 21.
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