Saturday, May 9, 2020

The Disney Family SingAlong ll includes Chloe x Halle, Anika Noni Rose, Danny Glover and Billy Eichner

Disney Family Singalong II airs on Mother's Day

Music has always been a source to help celebrate life's moments and with a sprinkle of pixie dust, a fun way to uplift spirits. The Disney Family SingAlong, with 13 million viewers was such a hit in our house and featured a star-studded lineup of industry talent like Ariana Grande, Josh Groban, John Stamos, Kristin Chenoweth, AuliÊ»i Cravalho and more. Hubby and I belted out our childhood favorite melodies from the Jungle Book, Hercules and Aladdin, while our boys enjoyed singing along to Moana and Toy Story.

This Mother's Day you can find me lounging around in pajamas and my new Little Mermaid ears all day, with no plans but to chill out with my boys, enjoying breakfast in bed, a morning walk (with my Disney Villains handmade facemask on) and a marathon of our fave themed board games.  We'll wrap up the night with dinner and show as we tune into the airing of The Disney Family SingAlong II on ABC at 7pm ET. 

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the nationwide singalong event features celebrities and their families as they sing beloved Disney tunes from home. Taking to their living room studios and kitchen stages to sing with the nation are Christina Aguilera, Tituss Burgess, Sabrina Carpenter, Chloe x Halle, Billy Eichner, Hayley Erbert, Josh Gad, Donald Glover, Halsey, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Jennifer Hudson, Lang Lang, John Legend, Idina Menzel, Miguel, Keke Palmer, Katy Perry, Ben Platt, Seth Rogen, Anika Noni Rose, Walter Russell III, Shakira, Rebel Wilson and more surprises.

With the Little Mermaid being one of my treasured first  Disney princesses, without a doubt I was hyped to eventually witness a black girl magical performance from actress and singer Halle who's to play Ariel in the live-action remake. We've got fingers crossed that production delays won't push the film release back too far. Halle teaming up with her sis Chloe and singer/actress Anika Noni Rose to sing a soulful rendition of "Almost There" was perfect, and has me anticipating fresh beignets and the opening of the new Princess Frog themed restaurant in Disney World.

I'm personally looking forward to Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the rest of “The Muppets”  gang raising the curtain and opening the show, followed by a warmup with Tituss Burgess who has such powerhouse vocals. Not going to lie, he had my vote along with Queen Latifah to play the role of sea witch Ursula in The Little Mermaid remake. 

The incredibly talented "Dancing with the Stars” professional dancers Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Witney Carson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Jenna Johnson, Sasha Farber and Emma Slater are teaming up for an outstanding remote ensemble routine to “Zero to Hero” with Keke Palmer.

Disney on Broadway stars Merle Dandridge, Heather Headley, Adam Jacobs, Caissie Levy, Kara Lindsay, Kevin Massey and Josh Strickland come together to perform a mesmerizing “You’ll Be in My Heart.”

Our family had all kinds of feelings about the musical performances in the live-action remake of The Lion King, but ultimately felt that Danny Glover, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen had the best collaborations in bringing the hit songs to life. 

Show performances will include the following:

“A Whole New World” – Idina Menzel and Ben Platt
“Almost There” – Chloe x Halle and Anika Noni Rose
“Baby Mine” – Katy Perry
“Beauty and the Beast” – John Legend and Jennifer Hudson
“Hakuna Matata” – Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner feat. Donald Glover and Walter Russell III
“Part of Your World” – Halsey
“Poor Unfortunate Souls” – Rebel Wilson
“Remember Me” – Miguel feat. Christina Aguilera
“Step in Time” and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”  Derek Hough, Julianne Hough and Hayley Erbert “Try Everything”  Shakira
“When I Am Older” – Josh Gad
“You’ll Be in My Heart”  Disney on Broadway stars Merle Dandridge, Heather Headley, Adam Jacobs, Caissie Levy, Kara Lindsay, Kevin Massey and Josh Strickland
“Your Mother and Mine” – Sabrina Carpenter feat. Lang Lang
“Zero to Hero” – Keke Palmer feat. “Dancing with the Stars” Pros Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Witney Carson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Jenna Johnson, Sasha Farber and Emma Slater

With even more Disney magic and creative at-home choreography “The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II” brings back the animated Mickey to guide the on-screen lyrics, allowing audiences, families, friends and loved ones to follow along in perfect harmony with their favorite celebrities as they sing memorable Disney songs. All the songs featured in the playlist and more can be streamed on all services @DisneyHits.

Most importantly The special will also raise awareness about Feeding America’s vast network and resources for people in the country who are finding themselves in unfamiliar circumstances and facing hunger for the first time due to COVID-19. Families and vulnerable members of the community who need help can visit to learn more about Feeding America’s COVID-19 response and how to locate local food banks for help.

The nationwide singalong will air before an all-new remote episode of “American Idol” airing at 8:00 p.m. EDT. “The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II” will also be available to stream on Disney+ on TUESDAY, MAY 12.

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