The Voice coach, 24, and Parton, 70, coordinated in black for their stellar performance and were joined on stage by the a cappella group Pentatonix. Their duet came after Cyrus delivered an impressive cover of the classic tune on the NBC series in August and sang it as part of her “Backyard Sessions” on her YouTube channel in 2012.
Cyrus, whose country roots go deep, thanks to her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, gushed over the sing-along and sent well-wishes to the victims of the Tennessee wildfires via Instagram on Wednesday. “Love my fairy god mother @dollyparton and sending protective energy to the ever so sacred Dollywood and all of the homes/folks in TN who are experiencing this devastating fire!” she captioned a pic of the pair belting out Jolene on The Voice stage.
Wildfires in the Great Smokey Mountains of East Tennessee this week have killed at least three people, prompted 14,000 to evacuate the area and at one point appeared to threaten Parton’s Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge. On Tuesday, Parton posted on her website that she was “heartbroken” by the destruction and is praying for the families affected.
The Steel Magnolias actress has always been a strong supporter of Cyrus and her sometimes controversial career. In September, she defended the “Wrecking Ball” singer’s transformation from Disney star to wild child pop star.
“Back in the day, doing my own things my own way, and dressing sexy and showing my cleavage and all that, I got a lot of criticism. Lots of people thought I was making a mistake and that I was just trashy, which I was,” Parton told The Sunday Times magazine. “So I did go through that, but I don’t give her advice. Everyone has to walk this journey according to their own rules. That’s what she’s doing. And I lurve her.”
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