Was a singer named “Adele Dazeem” actually supposed to perform on last night’s Oscars broadcast or is John Travolta simply too vain to wear his glasses?
Everyone’s having fun with the apparent brain freeze suffered by Travolta in his introduction to the Oscar-nominated song Let It Go at Sunday night’s awards.
At the show’s midway point, Travolta was brought onstage to introduce singer Idina Menzel, who was scheduled to sing the song Let It Go from the Disney animated feature Frozen (the Tony-winning Menzel performs the song and voices a character in the film).
“There will always be a special place in my heart for the movie musical and the songs that create their most memorable moments,” said Travolta, a two-time Oscar nominee in his introduction.
“Here to perform the Oscar-nominated, gorgeously empowering song Let It Go from the Oscar-winning animated movie Frozen, please welcome the wickedly talented, one and only, Adele Dazeem!”
At least that’s what it sounded like Travolta was saying. Other guesses include Adele Dazee, Adele Kazim and Adele Dazi.
Naturally, a Vine clip of Travolta’s bumbled introduction was created in moments and wisecracks about the mistake immediately made the rounds on Twitter.
Among the more notable, Twitter user Daniel Fienberg (@HitFixDaniel) tweeted, “Mocking John Travolta for bumbling Idina Menzel’s name takes our focus away from mocking his hair.”
From Randi Lawson (@RandiLawson): “As punishment for mispronouncing Frozen star Idina Menzel’s name, John Travolta has been thrown in the Disney Vault.”
And Eliza Bayne (@ElizaBayne) tweeted, “John Travolta accidentally pronounced Idina Menzel’s name as Adele Dazim. On the bright side, he just got hired at Starbucks.”
But the punchline to Travolta’s live-TV slip-up: The song to which he bumbled the introduction later collected the Oscar statue for Best Original Song, beating out such formidable competition as U2’s heavily favoured Ordinary Love and the infectious dance track Happy, which was performed on the telecast by originator Pharrell Williams.
All of which likely means that whenever a journalist or talk-show host asks Travolta about his glaring gaffe in the future, the actor already has the perfect response: Let It Go.