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How Much Will Seth MacFarlane Sing On Oscar Night?

Submitted by on February 21, 2013 – 9:50 am5 Comments

When Seth MacFarlane is involved in a project, you can guarantee that there will be comedic musical performances. So with McFarlane hosting the Academy Awards on Sunday, an event known for comedic musical performances by the host, the question is not if, but how much.

For years, the Oscars opened with perennial host Billy Crystal singing song parodies about the films nominated for Best Picture. Hugh Jackman performed his own opening medley as host in 2009, ending with himself belting out “I am Wolverine!” And Jackman’s Les Miserables co-star Anne Hathaway sang with him in 2009, and again when she hosted herself in 2011, albeit further into the broadcast.

The Oscar broadcast producers have already confirmed that MacFarlane will, counter to tradition, close out the show with a musical number featuring Broadways star Kristen Chenoweth (whose big voice and comedic chops are a perfect match for MacFarlane, in my opinion).

But does that mean he won’t sing during the beginning and middle of the show? Just how much can we take?

MacFarlane has regularly featured musical numbers in just about everything he’s worked on, including Family Guy, American Dad, and even a memorable karaoke scene in Ted. While hosting Saturday Night Live this season, his opening monologue included a song. He’s even performed with a full orchestra at the UK’s Royal Albert Hall, and recorded a whole jazz album. His styles range from barbershop quartet to Gilbert and Sullivan, though he seems particularly fond of crooning like a swinging lounge act in his signature baritone.

What do you think? How much do you want to see of the funny man singing?

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