Idina Menzel
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John Travolta didn’t just mispronounce Idina Menzel when he introduced her at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night; he made up a completely different name. Clips of the “Pulp Fiction” star flubbing the 42-year-old “Frozen” singer’s name have gone viral, and for good reason: Travolta presented someone no one had ever heard of before.

Was it “Adele Dazeem,” or maybe “Adele Dazim,” or even “Adela Dazeem?” The precise pronunciation was hard to understand through his mumble, but it was clear he was not correctly saying the singer's name.

“Here to perform the Oscar-nominated, gorgeously empowering song ‘Let It Go’ from the Oscar-winning animated movie ‘Frozen,’ please welcome the wickedly talented, one and only, Adele Dazeem.”

Menzel did go on to prove she’s “wickedly talented” by putting on a stellar performance. Though Travolta severely mangled her name, it didn’t seem to have affected her performance.

After Travolta’s gaffe, dozens of new Twitter handles with the “Adela Dazeem” name popped up, with one of them acquiring more than 5,000 followers. “Thanks for the introduction, John! #oscars,” the parody account wrote. “Travolta never bothered me anyway,” another tweet read, which is a play on a “Let It Go” lyric.

Neither Menzel nor Travolta has publicly commented on his Oscar blunder, but that hasn’t stopped Twitterati from talking about it. Some joked about the star introducing other celebrities next year. Others wondered what he was doing at the Oscars anyway and a few, like "Modern Family’s" Eric Stonestreet, sarcastically pointed out that Travolta was clearly a huge fan of Menzel’s.

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