Vanessa Hudgens Is Praised For Tough Grease: Live Show

Vanessa Hudgens managed to sing, dance and charm her way through Grease: Live last night, despite dealing with some incredibly tragic news.

The 27-year-old was mourning the loss of her father Gregory, who’d passed away just hours earlier after a long battle with cancer.

Vanessa Hudgens and father Greg Hudgens Vanessa Hudgens lost her father on Saturday


While viewers were wowed by the cast’s TV re-make of the 1978 classic, it was Vanessa who earned the majority of the praise for her flawless performance.

She’d Tweeted beforehand: ‘I am so sad to say that last night my daddy, Greg passed away from stage 4 cancer.

‘Thank you to everyone who kept him in your prayers. Tonight, I do the show in his honor.’

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And that she did. Her role as Betty Rizzo was called ‘pure brilliance’ and ‘amazing’, with many viewers noting her emotional solo rendition of There Are Worse Things I Could Do.

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Vanessa Hudgens in Grease: Live Vanessa Hudgens’ rendition of There Are Worse Things I Could Do was particularly powerful



Her co-star Mario Lopez – who played radio announcer Vince Fontaine – Tweeted: ‘Imagine if you had a day like @VanessaHudgens & performed like that. Wow.What a strong woman.My new hero #GreaseLive.’

American stylist Stacy London wrote: ‘To perform under those circumstances? I mean, props to that lovely lady. @VanessaHudgens #GreaseLive.’

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Vanessa’s High School Musical BFF Ashley Tisdale clearly had no doubts that she would carry on, adding: ‘I wouldn’t expect anything less @VanessaHudgens is killing it! So proud of my girl.’

The creators of Grease: Live paid tribute to Gregory at the end of the three-hour musical event.

Vanessa Hudgens in Grease: Live A tribute to Vanessa Hudgens’ father played at the end of Grease: Live


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After the actors and actresses has taken their bows in front of that iconic Ferris wheel, the credits began to roll with a special message.

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This read: ‘In loving memory of Greg Hudgens. June 22, 1950 – January 30, 2016.’

Very touching. Watch Vanessa Hudgens perform There Are Worse Things I Could Do below…