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.
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.’
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.
Her co-star Mario Lopez – who played radio announcer Vince Fontaine – Tweeted: ‘Imagine if you had a day like @VanessaHudgens & performed like that.a strong new hero #GreaseLive.’
American stylist Stacy London wrote: ‘To perform under those circumstances? I mean, props to that lovely lady. @VanessaHudgens #GreaseLive.’
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.
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.
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…