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LIB recap: Jet Tila, the Dragon, and the firebreathers

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Imagine Dragons’ Ben McKee, left, Jet Tila, and the final contestant in Tila’s spicy challenge.
Photo: Corlene Byrd
Corlene Byrd

The tears continued to roll down her face as she ate her yogurt, and she wasn’t even the last contestant.

Jet Tila has found a new way to test the level of lyric knowledge with the Imagine Dragons fans. Inviting Ben McKee of the band to be his sous chef for the Life Is Beautiful festival's Chefs On Stage series, they teamed up, using the ultimate spicy challenge to engage fans and test their limits for the reward of standing near the bass player.

Ben doesn’t just like chilies, he believes in them enough to juice them in a juicer.

The challenge: First, eat a habanero. Then, sing the chorus of an Imagine Dragons song as the habanero juices absorb into the tongue, catching it on fire, causing you to sweat, cry and cough, gasping for air.

The reward: the memory.

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