During our recent video chat (watch above), “La La Land” star Emma Stone made it clear that she had no intention of performing her big number “Audition,” which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song, at the Oscar telecast. We asked you in a recent poll who should take her place (unless she changes her mind, of course), and the winner is Adele, with 29% of the vote. Adele performed her Oscar-winning hit from “Skyfall” at the 2013 ceremony to thunderous applause, so she’s a natural fit.
Following close behind with 25% of the vote is “Glee” star Lea Michele. The Broadway vet would be a new face on the Oscars, after several successful appearances at the Tony Awards. Lady Gaga, who performed a “Sound of Music” medley at the 2015 show and her nominated song “‘Til It Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground” at last year’s ceremony, comes in third place with 18%.
Coming in 4th place is Kristen Chenoweth with 12%. The Tony and Emmy winner previously subbed for Amy Adams in an elaborate staging of “That’s How You Know” from “Enchanted” in 2008 and sang “Here’s to the Losers,” a tongue-in-cheek closing number with host Seth MacFarlane, at the 2013 ceremony. In fifth place with 9% is Beyonce, who has performed at three ceremonies: in 2005, she soloed “Look to Your Path” from “Les Choristes” (“The Chorus”) and “Learn to Be Lovely” from “The Phantom of the Opera,” and had a duo with Josh Groban on “Believe” from “The Polar Express;” in 2007, she delivered a sterling rendition of “Listen,” which she co-wrote for “Dreamgirls;” and at the 2009 ceremony, she joined host Hugh Jackman for an big musical number.
Finally in sixth place with 7% is Broadway legend Idina Menzel, who belted out “Let It Go” from “Frozen” at the 2014 ceremony. Should she be chosen, perhaps John Travolta can introduce her again.
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