Idina Menzel's performance: Powerful or missed the mark?

Mar 3, 2014 at 10:55 a.m. ET

Admittedly, we prance around singing "Let It Go" from Disney's movie Frozen more than most 5-year-olds we know. So we couldn't wait to hear Idina Menzel perform it at the 86th Academy Awards. Was it us, though, or was she off her game a bit?


Released in the U.S. at Thanksgiving last year, Disney's animated adventure Frozen is expected to bank $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales by the end of the week — making it the second-highest-grossing animated movie ever (behind Toy Story 3) and the No. 1 animated non-sequel, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Basically, it's kind of a big deal.

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Accordingly, the film's anthem "Let It Go" has been an enormous success. Lauded by everyone from Entertainment Weekly to pretty much every prepubescent girl in the Western hemisphere, the stirring anthem — composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez — nabbed the statue for best original song at last night's Academy Awards during which powerhouse vocalist Idina Menzel performed it live for the first time.

We were unabashedly looking forward to Menzel's performance, which is why we were so disappointed that it didn't blow us away. She started off a bit shaky — which is to be expected, since she was performing on such a huge platform — and she never quite seemed to get back on track. It seemed as though perhaps the music got ahead of her a bit, and then she had to rush a little to keep up. Since she seemed to fidget with her in-ear monitor, or earpiece, at the end of the performance, this seems like a plausible scenario.

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What we had really hoped, though, is that Menzel would have loosened up more while performing. Sure, she definitely belted it out when she was supposed to belt it out. But for the most part, she looked — for lack of a better word — scripted, as though she was just going through the motions and trying to hit her marks. Or course, if she was having problems with her earpiece, that may explain her extreme focus.

Regardless, there's no doubt Menzel is a brilliant vocalist... and that she looked amazing in that to-die-for peach Reem Acra gown. So, what do you think? Was Menzel's performance at the Oscars, well, Oscar-worthy? Or was it a bit lackluster? Weigh in via our poll and feel free to add more with a comment!

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