Lip Sync Herstory: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Let It Go’ from 'Frozen'

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Deen van Meer

Caissie Levy as Elsa and Patti Murin as Anna in "Frozen" on Broadway.

On last week’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the queens took part in a challenge that fans eagerly await every year: the Snatch Game.

The competitors prepared their best celebrity impersonations for special guests and Mean Girls co-stars Daniel Franzese and Jonathan Bennett. Gigi Goode’s take on Hanson Robotics’ humanoid robot Sophia earned her another challenge win, while Jackie Cox and disqualified queen Sherry Pie were praised for their impressions of Real Housewives star Lisa Rinna and Hollywood legend Katharine Hepburn, respectively. 

Brita Filter’s one-note impersonation of Jennifer Holliday and Aiden Zhane’s take on The Rocky Horror Picture Show actress Patricia Quinn landed them in the bottom two. Both the runway presentations and the lip sync this week were tied to the Tony-nominated Broadway production of Frozen, leading to a much-awaited face-off between Brita and Aiden on the showstopping ballad “Let It Go,” performed by Elsa actress Caissie Levy

Broadway theaters remain closed for the time being as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, so it could be a while before fans can go see Frozen in its full onstage glory. In the meantime, why not read up on a few things you didn’t know about “Let It Go”?

1. The song helped one of its co-writers make EGOT history.

Winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, or a Tony is an incredibly difficult feat on its own, and winning all four to earn the coveted EGOT label is even harder. When “Let It Go” won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 2014, it propelled song co-writer Robert Lopez into the exclusive club of EGOT winners, and set two new records in the process: Lopez became the youngest EGOT inductee at age 39, and reached the accomplishment in an unprecedented span of just ten years. Lopez would later make EGOT history again in 2018 by becoming the first person to EGOT twice.  

2. The original version by Idina Menzel made Billboard chart history.

Despite her Broadway success and powerhouse vocals, Idina Menzel was never able to land a successful solo single in the decade following her 2004 Tony win for Wicked. After Frozen was released, Menzel finally reached the moment she had been working towards, and made history while doing it: with “Let It Go” peaking in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, she became the first person with both a top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting.

3. The song has been covered in over 40 different languages around the world.

Lass Jetzt Los.” “Bebaskan.” “Сад је крај.” These are just some of the names for the different covers of “Let It Go” released around the world following Frozen’s release in 2013. Prominent artists around the globe, from Kazakhstan to Indonesia to Iceland to Spain, recorded their own renditions of the song, which were each featured in their respective dubs of the beloved Disney movie. In 2016, the Guinness Book of World Records awarded “Let It Go” for being covered in the highest number of different languages. 

4. It faced a minor backlash for promoting homosexual ideas.

“Let It Go” is a song about finding beauty in the way that you were born and harnessing your inner strength to conquer anything that the world puts in front of you. While that message would seemingly resonate with anyone, some conservative figures took issue with both the song and the movie for their perceived promotion of homosexuality. “The words to ‘Let it Go’ are clearly not Christian-values friendly by any stretch of the imagination,” said Mormon blogger Kathryn Skaggs. Pastor and radio host Kevin Swanson echoed a similar sentiment, saying, “I think this cute little movie is going to indoctrinate my 5-year-old to be a lesbian or treat homosexuality or bestiality in a light sort of way.”

5. A Chilean singer filed a copyright infringement lawsuit for the song.

In November of 2017, Chilean singer and songwriter Jaime Ciero filed a lawsuit against Disney, songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and performers Idina Menzel and Demi Lovato, alleging that “Let It Go’s" triumphant hook bears a strong resemblance to that of his 2008 song “Volar.” Menzel, Lovato and the Lopezes were later dropped from the suit as a result of Ciero waiting years before bringing charges forward, and he dropped the suit entirely in May of last year. 

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