Adele Dazeem Lives On: Watch Josh Gad Mock John Travolta's Oscar Flub Before Idina Menzel's Performance

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Josh Gad speaks onstage during the 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Feb. 9, 2020.

Just when John Travolta may have thought he was finally past his 2014 Oscars snafu -- you know, when he pronounced Idina Menzel's name as Adele Dazeem -- Josh Gad made sure it was not forgotten on Sunday night (Feb. 9).

Gad, who voices the lovable snowman Olaf in the Frozen franchise alongside Menzel's Elsa, introduced the singer's stunning performance of Frozen 2 song "Into the Unknown" with a lighthearted jab at Travolta's now iconic flub.

After recognizing that Frozen 2 has been dubbed in 45 different languages, meaning there are several versions of Elsa, Gad quipped, "As a dad to two girls and the voice of the American Olaf, the iconic and brilliant Idina Menzel, pronounced exactly as it is spelled, is our Elsa."

Of course, that sparked uproarious laughter, as did his comments about "climate deniers" and the Canadian Elsa, who "is basically the same, but with healthcare."

Menzel was joined by nine women who have voiced Elsa around the world, from Latin America to Japan, for the performance. Also appearing on stage was Aurora, the Norwegian singer-songwriter who provided background vocals on the original version of "Into the Unknown."

Ironically, Travolta's unforgettable "Adele Dazeem" moment also came before Menzel sang a Frozen song at the Oscars, as the Grease star introduced her 2014 performance of the film's smash hit "Let It Go." Menzel had a chance to mock Travolta herself a year later, when she playfully called him "Glom Gazingo" as they presented together at the 2015 Oscars. Fortunately for all, there were no name flubs this time around.

Watch Gad's hilarious introduction below.

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