By Kyle Anderson
Updated September 20, 2011 at 05:28 PM EDT
Credit: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

Last night’s episode of The Tonight Show operated in a business-as-usual fashion, delivering host Jay Leno’s tired riffs about the day’s news, a vaguely interesting conversation with X Factor judge Simon Cowell (who said that Nicole Scherzinger is wackier than Paula Abdul because at least Paula knows she’s crazy), and a show-closing performance of “Love You Like a Love Song” by Selena Gomez (whose fans would have been up way past their bedtimes in order to catch her).

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Gomez sounded a bit like she was running into monitor problems in the beginning; the first verse lacked a bit of confidence. She’s a professional, so she fought through it, but it’s a shame that she didn’t quite knock this one out of the park. Still, her band (the Scene) is an underrated combo who compliment her quite nicely.

And we didn’t get a solid look at her wrists, but it appears as though her “Justin” tattoo was one of a temporary variety. Readers, did you love it like a Leno song?