Lorde is a real hottie.
“I am hungry and the wings look pretty good,” the singer-songwriter told Sean Evans, host of the “First We Feast” YouTube series. “I feel like I’m inside the Internet. It’s a weird sensation to be here. It’s a little surreal, but I am ready.”
And ready she was. Lorde, 24, barely broke a sweat while chomping down on a variety of hot chicken wings ranging from a Scoville Level (which measures the potency of peppers) of 1,800 to 649,000. Near the end of the 24-minute episode, she even added extra sauce to increase the flavor and intensity of the late-night snack.
“That’s nice,” she said after biting down on an especially hot wing called “The Scorpion Disco.” “I Love that name. Funkin’ Hot. It’s so nice to eat a wing. In the pop star life, I feel like you’re not smashing wings that often, you know?”
Fans were very impressed by the performance of the New Zealand pop star’s ability to keep her composure while past guests such as Idris Elba, Gordon Ramsey, Halle Berry, Shaquille O’Neal, Justin Timberlake, Hannibal Burress and Billie Eilish have coughed, cried and shed tears.
When Lorde wasn’t putting previous guests to shame, the 24-year-old chatted in between bites about her third album. “I basically thought of the album as a sun worship album,” she said. “I’m not religious in any way, but my experiences in nature the last couple of years were as close to what I had experienced as religion, so it was like a sort of devotional record for me.”
Besides having a fondness for chicken wings, the singer also talked about what makes a perfect onion ring. “I want an onion that has been cut thickly,” she said. “I want a pretty toothsome, vertical bite. I want a pretty crisp yet thick crust. You know, I want it to have some substance. I guess I’d be more into a batter than a crumbed [covering] if forced to make a choice. So that’s maybe the way my bias skews.”
Ironically Lorde’s new album also has a strange connection to Jennifer Lopez. “This album features a lot of cicadas singing. The sound of cicadas to me is so emblematic of New Zealand summer,” she explained. “This year has brood IX, which is this big kind of boom of cicadas once you reached 17 years. The last time it happened was in 2004 when I guess JLo and Ben Affleck were together and now they’re back together, so people are like, brood IX is in the air, so I guess I am right on trend with my cicada moment.”
“Solar Power” debuts on August 20.