“This was such an interesting adventure,” she continued. “I always sit and think about the models on the runway. Well, that day I got a sense of what it felt like to be on the runway.”
Jennifer was initially just going to perform Puccini’s “Nessun dorma” while wearing a stunning gold ball gown. The gown was so enormous, she had to rehearse walking in the dress, which included a 20-pound train!
“We didn’t factor in I had to walk two, three blocks in heels with a train about 20 lbs.… That part alone, I never knew I needed a workout to put on a gown until that day,” she joked.
The performance eventually went on without a hitch. The song, “Nessun dorma,” is from Puccini’s opera “Turandot.” Aretha Franklin, whom Jennifer portrayed in the film “Respect,” sang the same song at the 1998 Grammy Awards. Jennifer recently shared on the show that she went back to her high school music teacher to help her learn the song.
After the performance concluded, the show wasn’t done. “They said, ‘Jennifer, you need to be a little bit more a part of the fashion show,’ so then they wanted me to walk away with the song,” she said. They had her walk down the runway, modeling her amazing D&G gown.
“It looked beautiful, it was a fashion show — that’s the important part,” said Jennifer of the experience. “That’s a memory I will never forget!”