After John Travolta flubs Idina’s name, meet ‘Adele Dazeem’

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The fictional 'Adele Dazeem' becomes an instant Internet star

CRINGE WORTHY. John Travolta's 'Adele Dazeem' blunder went viral. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/Agence France-Presse

MANILA, Philippines – After John Travolta’s cringe-worthy mistake on the Oscar stage, a new fictional showbiz personality is born. 

At the 86th Academy Awards, while introducing Idina Menzel, who was about to perform the hit song “Let It Go,” John said, “Please welcome the wickedly talented, one and only, Adele Dazeem.” 

The mistake prompted jokes all around, and even spawned a Twitter account, @adeledazeem. 

The account interacts with viewers who tweet @adeledazeem and are filled with jokes intentionally mispronouncing words, reflecting John’s own mistake. @adeledazeem also called host Ellen DeGeneres “Melon” and said that she loved Idina in “Rant.” (Idina appeared in Rent)

The incident also had talk show host Conan O’Brien putting his own spin on the fictional Adele. Appearing on Conan, this parody Adele was an aspiring singer looking for fame. “Hi, Conan! This is all so exciting. Before last night, no one even knew who I was but now no one will ever forget my name…Gazette Shazam!” 

The skit goes on to bring out two more “singers,” with similar-sounding names, all hoping to get famous from John’s big error. 

But aside from the humor factor, there appeared to be no lasting harm done. Idina Menzel opted not to address it on Twitter – and apparently, Idina’s name is often mispronounced, anyway, according to “Let It Go” songwriter Robert Lopez, reported by New York Daily News

People mangle her name all the time,” says Robert Lopez. “Idina tells a story of how Nancy Pelosi called her something like ‘Adele Mendez.’” 

His wife, fellow Oscar-winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez, also said, “She heard Travolta… But Idina did what the song is about. She let it go. She didn’t let something that someone else did steal her power. She brought it.”

Regardless of the introduction, the performance was highly anticipated by fans of Frozen, as it was Idina’s first time to perform the song live on television. –

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