Update: Beyonce, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Judd Apatow are in
The Best Song Nominee Medley
Yep, it's back, but should have some surprising twists thanks to "Dreamgirls" choreographer Fatima Robinson who executive producer Condon recruited to conceive an entertaining one-stop number in an attempt to give the songs their due while not slowing the show down with three individual performances scattered throughout the night.
As reported exclusively on HitFix, because she just gave birth M.I.A. will not be appearing in the musical mixmash that will find nominated songs "Down to Earth" from "WALL-E" and "Jai Ho" and "O...Saya" from "Slumdog Millionaire." Who will replace her in the duet with A.R. Rahman on "Saya" is still up in the air, but the plan is to make sure it's a lady of her same caliber. If it turns out to be a guy, the production really had to scramble.
Peter Gabriel who wrote and performed "Earth" dramatically informed the Academy he wouldn't perform on the live telecast because he was insulted at the 65 seconds alloted his song. Oh well, viewers can expect a more relevant and popular performer to appear in his place instead.