12:59 am - 01/22/2014

Idina Menzel Would Perform 'Let It Go' At The Oscars... If She's Asked

With Frozen’s "Let It Go" rightfully listed among the nominees for Best Original Song, fans of Disney’s mega-hit - and of Idina Menzel as well - are left to wonder if the Broadway star will take the stage at the Oscars to perform the nominated song. Menzel has gone on record as saying she'll do it… if they invite her.

EW spoke with Idina Menzel to discuss the very recent nomination for the Frozen song, which Menzel performs in the movie — the film also made the list for Best Animated Feature — and among the questions asked was whether she’d be performing "Let It Go" at the Awards Ceremony, which is scheduled to take place on March 2. Menzel is set to star in a new Broadway musical called If/Then, which will be in the tech stage of the rehearsal process when the Oscars air, but it sounds like she’d try to be available to do the Oscars if she’s invited to perform:

I will if they ask me, yeah! I’ll be in the middle of tech for If/Then, but hopefully we’ll tech a part that I’m not in. I’ve already got permission if they ask—cross your fingers!—that I can get out there and do my thing and just try to really have fun with the idea.

Oh, our fingers are crossed.

It isn’t entirely safe to assume that the Best Original Song nominees will be performed at the Academy Awards this year. Some of the nominated songs were performed during last year’s ceremony, but the song performances were left out entirely in 2012. Given the length of the event, trimming the songs does shave some time off the broadcast. But in addition to showcasing the nominated tunes at the event, the music also offers a bit of added entertainment and serves to break up the ceremony.

While Frozen and its nominated song are likely to be fan favorites when factoring in how well the film did at the box office, the song itself isn’t a lock for a win at this year’s Oscars. It’s up against four other great songs, including U2’s Golden Globe-winning tune "Ordinary Love." That brings us to another reason why we’re hopeful that the songs are included in this year’s Oscar ceremony. Not only would it hopefully involve a performance by Idina Menzel, but potentially U2 (for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’s "Ordinary Love"), Joni Eareckson Tada (for "Alone Yet Not Alone"), Pharrell Williams (for Despicable Me 2's "Happy") and Scarlett Johansson or Karen O (for Her’s "The Moon Song.") That is, assuming they’re all willing and available to perform. But being invited would be the first step, so let's hope that's in the works.

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rhapsodeeinblue 22nd-Jan-2014 12:33 am (UTC)
It HAS to happen. And they need to go all out tbh. Like I remember watching this Aladdin performance on TV:

revertigo 22nd-Jan-2014 12:43 am (UTC)
the musical spectacular at CA adventures is one of my favorite things everrrr
meepmop21 22nd-Jan-2014 01:53 am (UTC)
i'll go to CA adventures just for that lol
brucelynn 22nd-Jan-2014 12:51 am (UTC)
Lea ;__; what a voice omg
yurasama_love 22nd-Jan-2014 01:07 am (UTC)
Wow that's beautiful.
partys_crashing 22nd-Jan-2014 01:13 am (UTC)
i have tears omg
missedith17 22nd-Jan-2014 01:57 am (UTC)
holy shit that's fantastic
yummymarsbars 22nd-Jan-2014 03:09 am (UTC)
OMG thank you for this! I hadn't seen this before but wow, I'm awestruck.

So many feels.
jediknightmuse 22nd-Jan-2014 03:11 am (UTC)
I had never seen what Aladdin's singer looked like before. I had no idea this existed, either, but this is awesome. :D
mjspice 22nd-Jan-2014 03:59 am (UTC)
LEA! <3333333
cordyceps 22nd-Jan-2014 12:34 am (UTC)
Unpopular opinion, but I think Idina was really miscast in this role (too mature sounding), and I like Hyorin's version of the song better tbh

silentsymphonie 22nd-Jan-2014 12:39 am (UTC)
ia she sounded much to old to be a 19 year old and I couldn't connect her voice to Elsa, it just sounded like Idina voicing a character through the whole thing.
giantbutts 22nd-Jan-2014 12:41 am (UTC)
imo it has to do with the animation too, idina emotes a lot through the singing and you can hear that and elsa looked kinda...doll-like even through the more intense parts of the song
love_allure 22nd-Jan-2014 12:43 am (UTC)
i had the same problem with anna with kristen bell's voice. her face kept flashing in my mind every time ana was singing. lol like KRISTEN BELL KRISTEN BELL THAT'S KRISTEN BELL.
champagnexdream 22nd-Jan-2014 12:44 am (UTC)
I think Elsa is supposed to be 21 (at least according to Disney Wiki).
manita_bestija 22nd-Jan-2014 01:11 am (UTC)
I didn't notice it until she started singing, then she transformed Elsa into a 21yo girl with a mutant 35-something voice.
yummymarsbars 22nd-Jan-2014 03:10 am (UTC)
That's how I felt with Mandy Moore and Rapunzel
brucelynn 22nd-Jan-2014 12:40 am (UTC)
Hmmm this is a great version but I think it's unfair to compare it to Idina's version

but every version of this song I have heard so far has been flawless
nashiouji 22nd-Jan-2014 12:41 am (UTC)
It's weird because I felt like her voice at times sounded too old for Elsa's speaking voice, but then I felt her singing voice was way too childish sounding especially during Let It Go.

rhapsodeeinblue 22nd-Jan-2014 12:44 am (UTC)
I'm torn about Idina's casting tbh. Like I do think she sounded too mature, but I also love that Elsa didn't have that typical perky princess voice. IDK. Some of my favorite Disney heroine singing voices were "mature" sounding, like Pocahontas.

Edited at 2014-01-22 12:45 am (UTC)
nabuch 22nd-Jan-2014 12:46 am (UTC)
Thanks, now I cannot stop listening haha. This song sounds awesome in every language.
enamored 22nd-Jan-2014 12:48 am (UTC)
i agree with you.
chicaintcheap 22nd-Jan-2014 12:52 am (UTC)
I finally watched the movie today and I agree. I feel conflicted b/c I loved Let It Go, but her voice didn't fit in at all.
x_rose_tyler_x 22nd-Jan-2014 12:54 am (UTC)
I don't get this complaint, women's voices don't change that much past certain age, Idina has sounded mature all her life.

They went with a more Disney-like voice for the Spanish version and I HATED it. Like, genuinely made me cringe. The actress could not reach the notes and it didn't feel powerful at all.
lathwen1 22nd-Jan-2014 12:56 am (UTC)
completely agree
justkeepworking 22nd-Jan-2014 01:03 am (UTC)
Idina's voice is nasally and sounds like it comes from someone with a prominent nose; Elsa has a small Disney nose so it was weird.
drfaith101 22nd-Jan-2014 01:06 am (UTC)
ia, I kinda liked Ailee's version too.
missyxxmisch 22nd-Jan-2014 01:20 am (UTC)
It sounded like nails on chalkboard. The movie version I mean.
swissbeauty23 22nd-Jan-2014 02:01 am (UTC)
oooh this is so pretty, i like this better
recenthistory 22nd-Jan-2014 04:01 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh, I TOTALLY AGREE. Also, I think Idina's version is like nails on a chalkboard.
mjspice 22nd-Jan-2014 04:01 am (UTC)
Hyorin is singing the Demi Lovato version tho. :/
hipsteryash 22nd-Jan-2014 12:34 am (UTC)
the thirst
sandstorm 22nd-Jan-2014 12:34 am (UTC)
I hope she would do it better than in the movie. It felt like she really couldn't go all out.
nineteensix196 22nd-Jan-2014 12:35 am (UTC)
I hope she does, she will kill it and I really don't want to hear U2 sing about Mandela even though their first album was really good tbh
crashh_world 22nd-Jan-2014 12:36 am (UTC)
I like Demi's version a lot better honestly
swissbeauty23 22nd-Jan-2014 02:02 am (UTC)
i do too
agirlnamed_aly 23rd-Jan-2014 07:10 pm (UTC)
me 3
zyuranger 22nd-Jan-2014 12:36 am (UTC)
Every foreign dub of this song needs a CD quality release - I need one of the Thai, Mandarin and Dutch versions.
ms_mmelissa 22nd-Jan-2014 12:36 am (UTC)
It isn’t entirely safe to assume that the Best Original Song nominees will be performed at the Academy Awards this year.

Anyone remember the year Beyoncé sang all the nominated songs (or a medley or something) and butchered the French song?
miss_icequeen 22nd-Jan-2014 12:39 am (UTC)
Do you have a link? Wanna see that for real
giantbutts 22nd-Jan-2014 12:40 am (UTC)
omg yes
at first i thought she was singing in another language
lillylilacs 22nd-Jan-2014 12:41 am (UTC)
lol the oscars can be such a mess with how they decide to format the show and musical numbers
rhapsodeeinblue 22nd-Jan-2014 12:42 am (UTC)
Omg I do remember that.
justkeepworking 22nd-Jan-2014 12:59 am (UTC)
YES. And she sang the PotO song with ALW on piano.
foryoursake08 22nd-Jan-2014 01:06 am (UTC)
ugh The Chorus soundtrack was so good and she just ruined one of my favorite songs :(
sonadoras456 22nd-Jan-2014 01:13 am (UTC)
With Minnie Driver right there being like "HELLO!" when she wasn't asked to sing the song she sang lol
tucker 22nd-Jan-2014 02:01 am (UTC)
lmao yeah and some guy was like "I speak French and I didn't understand a single word of that"
so_chic_doll 22nd-Jan-2014 12:36 am (UTC)
don't they always get to perform the songs tho??
brucelynn 22nd-Jan-2014 12:38 am (UTC)
they normally get the artists who perform the pop versions

Edited at 2014-01-22 12:38 am (UTC)
so_chic_doll 22nd-Jan-2014 12:39 am (UTC)
well if Mandy & Zachary got to do theirs for Tangeled, then I hope that Idina would get to sing hers from Frozen.
viudanegra 22nd-Jan-2014 02:59 am (UTC)
Wait. That means Demi will sing it?
moonsenorita 22nd-Jan-2014 12:43 am (UTC)
Some of the nominated songs were performed during last year’s ceremony, but the song performances were left out entirely in 2012.

I guess it depends on how the show is organized
devochkazhenya 22nd-Jan-2014 12:37 am (UTC)
The song was ok but Idina sounded weird singing it
xoxo_tkn 22nd-Jan-2014 12:38 am (UTC)
ia maybe it will sound better live?
brucelynn 22nd-Jan-2014 12:37 am (UTC)
Demi's version is superior but I can't lie the first time I heard Idina's version in that scene I was praising jebus

d00ditsemily 22nd-Jan-2014 12:53 am (UTC)
now sis....
brucelynn 22nd-Jan-2014 01:00 am (UTC)
girl it's true lol ! I love the pop version more but I still love Idina's version
miakun 22nd-Jan-2014 01:41 am (UTC)
I hate Demi's version. I can't listen to it unless I haven't heard Idina's for a really long time.
tinkpop 22nd-Jan-2014 04:28 am (UTC)
xoxo_tkn 22nd-Jan-2014 12:37 am (UTC)
who else would?
brucelynn 22nd-Jan-2014 12:43 am (UTC)
Demi Lovato
misspinkkate 22nd-Jan-2014 01:20 am (UTC)
Yeah, I heard rumors they were gonna have Demi do it.
giantbutts 22nd-Jan-2014 12:39 am (UTC)
ummmmm yes please

this song has infected my brain and it won't let go (ha)

i'm kinda disappointed that they didn't have a french canadian version this time and stuck to euro french for the singin voices...not that it was bad but still, more pretty dubs pls! i live for multilanguage montages of disney

nabuch 22nd-Jan-2014 12:51 am (UTC)
i live for multilanguage montages of disney

Me as well, so thank you very much for adding this video <3
milkradio 22nd-Jan-2014 12:53 am (UTC)
Oh, I love how it sounds in Swedish and in Cantonese! And omg Norwegiannnnn. This video is so cool.
butt_or_skotch 22nd-Jan-2014 01:00 am (UTC)
I saw this earlier and the the same thing about the French/Canadian versions. lol When I saw the "French Canadian" subtitle I was like...um No, that's the French version, there's only one.
giantbutts 22nd-Jan-2014 01:03 am (UTC)
yeah, it's still Anais Delva singing.
which is weird because i -think- the versions have different spoken voices.

(i'm usually partial to french canadian because i grew up with it and the voices tend to sound deeper/less childish but that's personal bias lol)
sparklylulz 22nd-Jan-2014 04:04 am (UTC)
this is amazing! thanks for the link, it'll be on repeat for days
mjspice 22nd-Jan-2014 04:07 am (UTC)
OH WOW! Thanks for this!!! It's nice hearing one song in different languages & amazing how they get similar sounding singers for it too.
devourlove 22nd-Jan-2014 04:29 am (UTC)
it's better in montage version because in comparison version, some of them are reallyyy not good. For example, I saw a comparison of the final lines of the song and. Non. Some just were doing the most and falling flat or just not even trying.
kellerton 22nd-Jan-2014 09:29 am (UTC)
this is the version i heard first and now the english one sounds so awkward to me.
lillylilacs 22nd-Jan-2014 12:40 am (UTC)
NTY, I find all the songs from Frozen annoying.
faz1988 22nd-Jan-2014 12:40 am (UTC)
Like anyone gives a fuck about Joni Eareckson Tada
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