I know I recently expressed some, ah, reservations about the idea of re-watching Frozen in the theater in order to participate in the sing-along version, but there's a very good reason for my horror: I don't want to hear the audience tackling the Frozen songs. Not that warbling, flat-toned children aren't perfectly adorable! It's just ... look, my point here is that there's exactly one person I want to hear singing "Let It Go," and that is Idina Menzel. I'm not obsessed with the Frozen soundtrack as a whole, but my god, that particular song is amazing. Her voice in "Let It Go" gives me all the goosebumpy PMS feelings, and I've yet to hear a YouTube version that can even touch Menzel's awesomeness.
Which is why I am super, super excited to hear that I'm going to get to hear her sing it live. And so are you, assuming you plan to watch the Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2.
"Let It Go," which was written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, is nominated for best original song. The three other nominated songs are "Happy" from Despicable Me 2, "Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and "The Moon Song" from Her. I'm guessing it's a pretty safe bet that "Let It Go" will win, based solely on Frozen's massive popularity (it earned more than $900 million at the worldwide box office, sold more than 1 million copies of its soundtrack, and there are already plans to adapt it into a Broadway musical).
But more importantly for the Oscar viewers, Idina Menzel is going to perform the "Let It Go" during the awards show's live telecast. How awesome is that? I am SO excited to hear her sing this, and it sounds like she's pretty jazzed about the opportunity as well:
It's really happening. I'm singing on the Oscars! Surreal. Thank u frozen family and Oscar producers for this incredible opportunity.— Idina Menzel (@idinamenzel) February 11, 2014
This will be Menzel's first televised performance of the song, so I'm crossing my fingers she blows the roof off the place. She's such a seasoned performer -- she won a Tony for playing Elphaba in Wicked and has also appeared in both the Broadway and film versions of Rent -- so I'm sure the Oscars stage will be no problem. Between this and the news that Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting, I will DEFINITELY be tuning in. Heck, I may even sing along with her! (Quietly. In my head.)
Are you excited to hear "Let It Go" during the Oscars?
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