Bearing an uncanny resemblance to country music icon Dolly Parton, Karen Hester took the stage on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night (January 19).
Hester doesn’t just sound like the country queen — she sounds like her, too. She proved it while performing a medley of some of Parton’s biggest hits: “9 to 5,” “Jolene,” and “Two Doors Down.” The performance comes shortly after Hester was crowned champion of Clash of the Cover Bands. The reality TV series — hosted by Stephen Boss with Adam Lambert, Meghan Trainor and Ester Dean on the panel of judges — sets two bands of similar genres against one another. The performers “will go head-to-head over the course of two rounds to see which band has the most entertaining cover performance, with a chance to win a cash prize and bragging rights.”
Hester earned major bragging rights when she delivered such a spot-on Parton impression, it would make fans do a double take. Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon introduced her on his show, saying: “By day, she is a camp activities leader from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. But by night, she’s a Dolly Parton tribute artist, and winner of Clash of the Cover Bands. Here to perform a medley of Dolly Parton hits, Karen Hester!” Watch the stunning performance here: