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John Travolta ‘plans Oscars spoof’

John Travolta is reportedly happy to poke fun at his mispronunciation of Idina Menzel’s name at next year’s Oscars.

The actor was supposed to introduce Idina Menzel on stage at this year’s ceremony, so she could perform the track Let It Go from the Disney smash hit Frozen. However, John mispronounced her name and instead announced “Adele Dazeem” would be making her way on stage – much to the bemusement of the audience at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and at home.

The moment became a viral hit, which is why next year’s host Neil Patrick Harris plans to refer to it during proceedings in February.

“Neil and his team want to reference the moment at this year’s awards and John was happy to send himself up. There’s even talk of getting Idina involved,” an insider told British newspaper The Sun.

“Neil loves song and dance numbers so don’t be surprised to see the two serenade each other.”

Apparently the skit won’t be the only time John takes to next year’s stage. He’s rumoured to be preparing to either hand out one of the coveted gold statues or introduce a performer, with the source joking he’s already finding time to practice everyone’s names.

Idina has spoken about the scandal in the past, insisting she doesn’t think about it too much because John quickly apologised to her. She doesn’t want to keep going over old ground as she knows it’s embarrassing for the Grease star, although it did take her a few minutes to realise what had happened at the time.

“I was so nervous to be up there in front of people I admire so much. I could see Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Amy Adams, who’s a friend of mine and likes to sing songs from Wicked with me, so I tried to think of that. I’m a creature of the theatre and am used to singing the same songs every single day, so having to do something as a one-off is scarier for me… Then the thing with John Travolta happened and that took me out of it for a good eight seconds. I was like, ‘What just happened?’” she recalled to British magazine Hello!

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