Can’t ‘Let it Go’: Idina Menzel’s Oscar Performance

Lydia Vaughan
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It’s no surprise that “Let it Go” from Disney’s animated film Frozen won the award for “Best Original Song” at the Oscars last night. Congrats to the writers, Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, for being the first Filipino Americans to win an Oscar. And also for being the cutest song-writing couple ever *thumbs up.*

What did surprise me, however, was the media’s reaction to actress Idina Menzel‘s performance of the song. Last night and this morning, the internet was blowing up about how Menzel “blew the audience away with her spectacular voice.” One article reads, “Wow. That’s basically all one can say when Idina takes the stage.”

I’m going to be honest…I, too, was thinking Wow… but NOT in a good way. Maybe my expectations for her performance were too high.  Or maybe my standards for the song were raised by this: Let it Go – Frozen – Alex Boyé (Africanized Tribal Cover) Ft. One Voice Children’s Choir. OR, maybe Idina Menzel really did sound a little off. And by a little off, I mean her tone sounded nasally, her high notes were strained, and her overall stage presence appeared tense and uncomfortable. Watch here: Idina Menzel sings “Let it Go” at the Oscars. Am I the ONLY one who feels this way!?

Maybe I’m being too harsh on her. Oh well, I guess we can all just talk about how badly John Travolta messed up her name, when announcing her performance: Adela Dazeem? Well done, Johnny, well done.

What did YOU think of her performance? Comment below!

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Lydia Vaughan

Lydia is currently finishing her Communications degree at UMSL. With her communication skills, she chooses specifically to ramble on about reptiles, tarantulas, hockey, and music. She's an aspiring songwriter, an Instagram junkie, and always puts the “pro” in procrastinate. AND the “sass” in sarcastic, if sarcastic had another “s.”

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