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Video: Kristin Chenoweth's Unforgettable 'For Good' Fan Duet at Hollywood Bowl

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Unless your name is on the dressing room door, it's not likely you're going to get to stand in a spotlight before thousands of concert-goers on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl. But for one Angeleno, that moment happened this weekend when Broadway icon Kristin Chenoweth brought fan Sarah Horn up for an impromptu duet of "For Good," and it turns out Horn's singing voice is, well, wicked.

Horn was so good that suspicions arose that she was a ringer, planted in the crowd for a real Hollywood moment at the Hollywood Bowl. But according to Horn, a vocal coach from Riverside, it was very, very real. She tells the whole story of her surprise Bowl debut on Facebook.

Turns out it took the happenstance of some seat switching to land her close to stage, right near a random woman Chenoweth held the mic to, asking if she knew "For Good." When the woman said no, Horn threw caution to the wind and said she did, and found herself weak-kneed and holding a mic next to the star on the stage.

After some banter, and Chenoweth's verse, Horn relays what happened next:

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"I lifted my microphone to my mouth, looked [Chenoweth] straight in the eye and sang the first of my lines. She leaned back and dropped her jaw. She knew I was a voice teacher but didn’t know if I did well in the execution or not. As far as she knew, I could have been tone deaf."

Horn blew Chenoweth and the crowd away, and the friend with her at the show got the whole thing on video.

The voice teacher said after the song she was greeted like a champ backstage, and the "surreal" experience left her face sore from smiling. A life changing night at the Bowl, indeed.

"Apparently, I’m a minor Hollywood celebrity now," quips Horn.