The bookers at Saturday Night Live know a good host/musical guest pairing when they see one. It’s kinda obvious by some of this season’s choices, for example, that they don’t attempt to split the audience very often. This season, we’ve had: Shia LeBeouf and Avril Lavigne (for the “tweener” crowd), Peyton Manning and Carrie Underwood (for the “Middle America” crowd), Rainn Wilson and The Arcade Fire (for the “indie” crowd), Drew Barrymore and Lily Allen (for the “hip chick” crowd), and Jeremy Piven and AFI (for the “aggro male” crowd). Occasionally, there are pairings that raise an eyebrow or two (who can forget a few years ago when Steve Forbes hosted with musical guest Rage Against the Machine)? This season hasn’t been without the random duo (Hugh Laurie and Beck?), but this weekend’s pairing may go down as one of the oddest/coolest in recent memory.
Actress and (reluctant) pin-up Scarlett Johansson will host, with Icelandic art-pop princess Bjork covering the musical duties. Bjork has a new album coming soon, but Johansson doesn’t have a new film to promote until September’s The Nanny Diaries. So, given that this isn’t just an excuse to sell wares on SNL (Dan Aykroyd, I’m looking at you), my question is: what would the target audience be for an episode featuring Scarlett Johansson and Bjork? And, what can help it go down as the coolest episode of the year, or a total trainwreck?