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Idina Menzel at the Oscars!

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Idina Menzel at the Oscars!
Posted: 2/11/14 at 09:39am
Updated On: 2/11/14 at 09:39 AM
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broadwaytbay
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Idina Menzel at the Oscars!
Posted: 2/11/14 at 10:36am
I like Menzel's interpretation in the film, though sometimes live she sounds a little shouty. The clip of her singing sounds more like she is singing the pop vocal to the film's musical arrangement

Updated On: 2/11/14 at 10:36 AM
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Posted: 2/11/14 at 10:40am
Yes, she really does.

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ucjrdude902
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Idina Menzel at the Oscars!
Posted: 2/11/14 at 11:14am
Good for her! Such an honor. Glad that decided to go with her over Demi.
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broadwaytbay
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Posted: 2/11/14 at 03:21pm
I am hoping she sings the song as it is performed in the movie, which is powerful with a sweetness to it, rather than her concert versions of things which seem to either be too strident or occasionally over sung.
bobs3
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Posted: 2/11/14 at 07:01pm
She won't sing the song as performed in the movie! She will sing a truncated (probably 30-45 seconds) version because of the time limitations on the Oscar broadcast.

They actually let Adele sing the whole "Skyfall" number but it was a bestselling song by an international recording star, it was the presumed winner and it was the 50th anniversary of the Bond franchise.

If U2 appears (which they probably will) you will see them perform "Ordinary Love" in its entirity.
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IdinaBellFoster
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Posted: 2/11/14 at 08:30pm
I beg to differ. The song is a HUGE hit, the album was number one on the Billboard 200 for five weeks. The might cut out a verse, but she will more likely than not perform most of the song.
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broadfan327
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Posted: 2/11/14 at 08:50pm
They typically don't cut the Best Song nominees for length (in 2009 they did a medley of all the songs with just clips from each song, but that is not the norm). And I can't imagine Craig Zadan and Neil Meron wanting to truncate Idina's song.

Updated On: 2/11/14 at 08:50 PM
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Mr. Nowack
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Posted: 2/11/14 at 09:02pm
I really hope all the songs are performed. It seems like that hasn't happened in years.
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broadfan327
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Posted: 2/11/14 at 09:28pm
U2 is scheduled to perform, and they won't want to truncate them either.
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veronicamae
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Posted: 2/11/14 at 11:39pm
Let It Go is most likely the best selling of the 4 nominees. It went gold a couple weeks ago. Don't think the others have sold as well.
broadfan327
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Posted: 2/11/14 at 11:49pm
The U2 song will not be released as a single, out of respect for Nelson Mandela.
bobs3
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Posted: 2/12/14 at 01:36am
Could you imagine the reaction from Bono and The Edge if Zadan and Meron walked up to them at the rehearsal and said "We'd like you to cut a couple of verses from the song for the broadcast"? I wouldn't want to be in that room.
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WiCkEDrOcKS
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Posted: 2/12/14 at 02:09am
Why would they truncate it? There's no precedence for that, is there..? I highly, highly doubt they'll make her sing thirty seconds and then cart her off the stage.
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bobs3
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Posted: 2/12/14 at 03:18am
Yes there is precedent (many) most notably they cut a minute and a half from "Travelin' Thru" and that was Dolly Parton and face facts Idina Menzel is no Dolly Parton.
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fingerlakessinger
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Posted: 2/12/14 at 03:46am
No but hopefully they'll know that the song she is singing has become an anthem for millions and is from a soundtrack that has become a mega hit from a massive blockbuster movie. I'm hoping that they know that people will probably be pretty ticked off if she only sings 30 seconds but U2 plays an entire song.
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trentsketch
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Posted: 2/12/14 at 06:12am
Ellen Degeneres is hosting. The last time Ellen hosted, not only were the Original Song nominees represented with at least good chunks of the music, the Original Score nominees were featured in modern dance performances during the telecast. The nominees will all get at least a couple verses and a chorus to show off why they're nominated.
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fingerlakessinger
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Posted: 2/12/14 at 06:27am
Does the host typically have control over what gets into the broadcast and what doesn't? I mean, if they have a big name like Ellen I wouldn't be surprised. I didn't know that was a thing though haha
If thats the case, then I have no doubt that she will perform the entire song, or at least a large portion of it. Ellen loves musical theater, and this song is empowering to a lot of people.
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Posted: 2/12/14 at 07:23am
Yes, fingerlakes. With the exception of such hosts as Anne Hathaway and James Franco, for example, the majority of hosts (NPH / Ellen / Cystal / etc.) receive a Producer's credit and are integral in the decision-making process.
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ILuv2shop531
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Idina Menzel at the Oscars!
Posted: 2/12/14 at 10:03am
Tell me if i'm wrong, but the year Enchanted was nominated, didn't Amy & Kristin sing full versions of both "That's How You Know" & "Happy Working Song"? Frozen is even more popular than Enchanted and this is also a Disney project so I don't see why Idina won't sing the entire song.
broadfan327
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Posted: 2/12/14 at 10:32am
In certain years, in order to cut the length of the show, they have shortened some of the performances. Or if the songs did not have stars attached to them, they wouldn't even be performed. But in this case, we have musical theater producers producing the Oscars this year, and I would imagine they don't want to cut a musical theater star. I would hope they wouldn't make Idina fly all the way to LA to sing a thirty second clip, especially when they know she is rehearsing a new show.
PJPan
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Posted: 2/12/14 at 12:14pm
They typically have a say in their own material and bits that they want to do. The main producers are in charge of the overall design, layout, and presentation of the awards. Due to the performers scheduled (Idina, Pharrell, U2), they most likely will do what they used to do, which is about 1.5 minute of the song, typically removing one verse and sped up a little.

At least I hope so - I miss seeing the songs performed.
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veronicamae
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Posted: 2/12/14 at 05:35pm
The song is now certified platinum.

They'd really be idiots to truncate it. Disney has intentionally not allowed a full video of Idina's live performance of the song be released - they're clearly waiting for the Oscars to be the "big bang," so to speak.

Updated On: 2/12/14 at 05:35 PM
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promisespromises2
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Idina Menzel at the Oscars!
Posted: 2/12/14 at 06:18pm
I actually really love her voice. It might be because I listen to so much Chenoweth, but it's actually a relief to hear someone sing not perfectly like Cheno (perfect as in Cheno's perfect diction, and all of that nonsense that I don't know because I'm not a singer).

I'm happy for her!