Oscars Drop Live Song Performances

But producers promise there will be dance numbers
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2010 7:22 AM CST
Oscars Drop Live Song Performances
Singer Legend performs with the Soweto Gospel Choir the Oscar-nominated best original song "Down to Earth" from the motion picture "WALL-E" during the 81st Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

You won't be seeing Randy Newman, Marion Cotillard, or Jeff Bridges crooning Oscar-nominated songs on stage at the Academy Awards this year, as speed-demon producers have killed the live performances in favor of showing clips from the films that featured them. But there will, nonetheless be dancers, the AP surmises from tweets by producer and choreographer Adam Shankman, who says he cast 69 dancers for the show's production numbers, though he hasn't revealed what they'll be dancing to. (Read more Academy Awards stories.)

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