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‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ Will Be Performed on ‘American Idol’

The 2022 Academy Awards caused a great deal of controversy and scandal when it came to Will Smith and Chris Rock — but another big controversy from Oscars night involved the live performance of the record-breaking Encanto song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”. The performance was considered to be disappointing overall, and now “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” is getting another chance in the form of a stage performance!

While revealing the setlist for the Top 10 contestants’ Disney Night on American Idol, D23 also revealed that the record-breaking song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from the 2021 Oscar-winning movie Encanto will be performed by Rhenzy and Adassa. Adassa actually voiced Dolores Madrigal in the film Encanto, and time will tell if this performance of this song receives a warmer welcome than the live performance from the 2022 Oscars did!

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Dolores Madrigal singing to Mirabel Madrigal about Bruno in ‘Encanto’. “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” was not nominated for an Oscar, but Encanto song “Dos Oruguitas” was nominated. Credit: slate.com

According to D23, American Idol‘s “host/executive producer Ryan Seacrest and judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie will be talking about Bruno… as will all of America!” However, since the Oscars performance was lackluster and disappointed many ardent fans of the hit song, Adassa and Rhenzy’s performance of the song will already be set up for some negative reactions from viewers.

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The Madrigal family: Luisa (voiced by Jessica Darrow), Isabela (voiced by Diane Guerrero), the matriarch Abuela Alma (voiced by María Cecilia Botero), Felix (voiceded by Mauro Castillo), Julieta (voiced by Angie Cepeda), Pepa (voiced by Carolina Gaitán), Agustín (voiced by Wilmer Valderrama), Camilo (voiced by Rhenzy Feliz), Antonio (voiced by Ravi Cabot-Conyers), and Dolores (voiced by Adassa) and Mirabel Madrigal (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz). John Leguizamo voices Bruno (not pictured). ‘Encanto’ is directed by Charise Castro Smith. Credit: movies.disney.com

The insidious and notoriously-addictive song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” was a very dark and sinuous musical number in Encanto (so much so that it’s actually being recommended as a Disney Park dark ride), and it featured many moving parts that are understandably hard to pull off onstage versus onscreen.

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Pepa and Isabela singing about Bruno in ‘Encanto’. “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” was not nominated for an Oscar, but Encanto song “Dos Oruguitas” was nominated. Credit: stagechat.co.uk

Although the song about Mirabel Madrigal’s estranged uncle Bruno broke many Disney records, several songs from the Disney movie’s soundtrack were hits with fans (including “Surface Pressure”). However, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” has been unstoppable ever since Encanto‘s premiere, so it’s not surprising that the original song from Lin-Manuel Miranda was chosen for an Oscars performance — nor is it surprising that the song is being given a second chance for a successful stage performance on American Idol!

About Sharon

Sharon is from New England. She's a writer, animal lover, and, of course, a Disney Fanatic! Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures.