Dwayne Johnson surprises contestants during 'Hobbs & Shaw'-themed 'Songland'

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A couple of the winning contestants on Songland have already experienced success. Tebby Burrows’s “We Need Love,” selected and recorded by guest judge John Legend, went to No. 10 on the iTunes chart; Adam Friedman’s “Be Nice” for the Black Eyed Peas went to No. 17; and Able Heart’s “Greenlight” for the Jonas Brothers and Darius Coleman’s “Better Luck Next Time” for Kelsea Ballerini both went all the way to No. 2. But this week’s Songland episode, featuring Aloe Blacc, offered the biggest opportunity yet: The winner’s entry would be placed in an “epic battle” scene of the forthcoming Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw starring Jason Statham, Idris Elba, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Music placements in mainstream film and television are most songwriters’ holy grails these days, and the Rock himself, making a surprise FaceTime appearance to encourage this week’s aspiring songwriters, seemed just as “super-excited” as Hobbs & Shaw director David Leitch about finding a “super-anthemic” song with “swagger,” saying: “Our music for Hobbs & Shaw is our soul, and it’s a lifeline of our movie. Thank you so much for sharing your passion. Go out there and have fun. And by the way, the world doesn’t know you -- but they’re about to!” Blacc and Leitch ultimately picked “I’m Just Getting Started,” which they explained had an appropriate message for the first installment in a brand-new Fast & Furious series. But after the show, Blacc decided to record “Same Blood” as well. (This made Blacc the second Songland guest judge to pick more than one winner: On the Black Eyed Peas/will.i.am episode, there was actually a three-way tie.) It remains to be seen if either song will be a hit on iTunes or, in the case of Kyle Williams, at the box office. (Blacc’s recorded versions of both van be heard below.) But both songwriters’ careers are for sure getting started, and tonight, they got a piece of the rock -- or Rock.