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Bette Midler To Perform On Oscars For First Time; What Should She Sing?

imagesIt’s hard to believe that Bette Midler, one of the golden lights of show biz for more than 40 years, has never sung at the Academy Awards, but there’s a first time for everything. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the out super-producers of this year’s ceremony have announced the Divine Miss M. has finally relented to give up her Oscar-performing cherry during the global broadcast on March 2.

“We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” the two said in a statement. “We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening.”

No doubt. Midler, who has twice been nominated for best actress for her dazzling musical turns in 1979’s electrifying The Rose and in 1991’s sentimental For the Boys, can wring inconceivable amounts of pathos from any number. The entertainer, who is also overdue for the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award that’s handed out to industry do-gooders such as Angelina Jolie and Elizabeth Taylor, for her many years of charitable work, tweeted a note to fans asking for song suggestions.

Her movie anthem “The Rose” is a too-obvious choice. “The Wind Beneath My Wings” during the In Memoriam reel is just too maudlin. Since the Academy has already announced it will honor the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz during the broadcast, how about a Bathhouse Bette-spin on “(Somewhere) Over the Rainbow?” Tell us what you think she should sing in the comments section.

By:          Editors
On:           Feb 19, 2014
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    • yaoming

      Doesn’t it have to be an Oscar-noinated song?

      Feb 19, 2014 at 8:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dougmc92

      n@yaoming: there might be some god awful musical tribute that wastes 10 minutes….Suprised to hear she didn’t sing The Rose- that was nominated and she was there as an actress nomanee….

      Feb 19, 2014 at 8:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Raymond59

      I think Bette should sing “Under the Same Sun” by the Scorpions. I think she could put her own unique style to the song.

      Feb 19, 2014 at 10:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robert333

      I would love to hear her sing Over the Rainbow – my favorite song

      Feb 19, 2014 at 11:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jckfmsincty

      I’m still upset that she didn’t win the Best Actress Oscar for “The Rose”.

      Feb 19, 2014 at 11:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bob LaBlah

      I hope she sings “Everything’s coming up roses”. She did a tv movie version of Gypsy in 1991 and was good in it. Too bad it has never been shown in rerun.

      Feb 19, 2014 at 11:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Merv

      Does she still bash same-sex marriage? I haven’t paid any attention since then.

      Feb 20, 2014 at 1:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Geoff B

      Die! Die! My Darling! By the Misfits. Got some serious side-eye from the fiancee when I mentioned that at home. I think I’m gonna have to take him someplace nice for dinner tomorrow night to be forgiven. Apparently that’s blasphemy in our house.

      Feb 20, 2014 at 4:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dougmc92

      they are doing a Wizard of Oz tribute- she probably will be singing Over the Rainbow

      Feb 20, 2014 at 7:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dvlaries

      No objections to “Over The Rainbow,” but on her 1977 “Broken Blossom” album she also did a sincere and immaculate version of “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” from Disney’s “Cinderella,” that fit her as perfectly. Whatever she sings, I’m now out of excuses to skip the Oscars.

      Feb 20, 2014 at 9:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jwrappaport

      “You’ve made a long journey from Milan to Minsk – Rochelle Rochelle!”

      Feb 20, 2014 at 9:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • balehead

      If she is still against gay marriage rights then She should sing….”Some gurls are better than others”…

      Feb 20, 2014 at 9:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bob LaBlah

      If she is against gay marriage she should sing Mary Hopkin “Those were the days my friend” and have a bathhouse theme on stage with her.

      Hope you guys enjoy this nice piece of nostalgia:

      Feb 20, 2014 at 1:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mlbumiller

      Otto Titsling

      Feb 20, 2014 at 7:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bottom72

      What ever she sings it will be fabulous. I know I will be in tears.

      Feb 21, 2014 at 7:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SteveDenver

      Let her choose anything! Her rendition of ONE FOR MY BABY on the Johnny Carson’s final show was beautiful and fitting.

      Feb 21, 2014 at 12:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jar

      @Bob LaBlah: It is available on DVD. I disagree about it being good, but it is still Bette.

      Feb 22, 2014 at 2:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jar

      She should either sing something new (as in something she hasn’t recorded) or something from her early songbook to expose a new generation to her early work. I would disagree on Over the Rainbow as it would come off as a Bette impersonator doing a Judy tune. I hope she doesn’t sing to accompany the obituaries; if so, we’ll get a doleful tune and won’t get to see much of her actually singing.

      Actually, I think Skylark would be a great choice.

      Feb 22, 2014 at 3:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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