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Darius Rucker Performs On “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Darius Rucker takes the stage on Thursday’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Darius Rucker | Andrew Lipovsky/NBC

Update: Darius Rucker performed twice on Thursday’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

He first accompanied Jimmy Fallon to perform “Only Want To Thank The Troops.” A play off the Hootie & The Blowfish classic “Only Wanna Be With You,” the song was dedicated to the troops in attendance.

Later, he performed his radio single “For The First Time.”

A video of the “Only Want To Thank The Troops” performance follows. The “For The First Time” video will be available starting at 3:35AM ET. Photos from the taping are also embedded.

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON — Episode 0879 — Pictured: Musical Guest Darius Rucker performs “For The First Time” on May 24, 2018 — (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON — Episode 0879 — Pictured: Musical Guest Darius Rucker performs “For The First Time” on May 24, 2018 — (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON — Episode 0879 — Pictured: Musical Guest Darius Rucker performs “For The First Time” on May 24, 2018 — (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON — Episode 0879 — Pictured: (l-r) Jimmy Fallon and Darius Rucker perform “I Only Want To Thank The Troops” on May 24, 2018 — (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON — Episode 0879 — Pictured: (l-r) Actress Cate Blanchett during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on May 24, 2018 — (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON — Episode 0879 — Pictured: (l-r) Actress Cate Blanchett plays “Egg Russian Roulette” with host Jimmy Fallon on May 24, 2018 — (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON — Episode 0879 — Pictured: (l-r) Guy Fieri during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on May 24, 2018 — (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)

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Friday morning, Darius Rucker will perform on NBC’s TODAY Show.

Thursday night, he takes the stage on NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Rucker performs his hit “For The First Time” toward the end of the broadcast. The song will move into the Top 2 — and may even challenge for #1 — on this week’s country radio chart.

In addition to performing “For The First Time,” Rucker joins host Jimmy Fallon for a separate musical segment. Per notes from the taping, they play a song called “Only Want To Thank The Troops” (presumably a pro-troops version of “Only Wanna Be With You”).

Taped earlier Thursday, the episode also features appearances by Cate Blanchett and Guy Fieri. It airs at 11:35PM ET/PT on NBC.

Written by Brian Cantor

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