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Fans devastated by Zac Efron not joining ‘High School Musical’ cast during ‘Disney Family Singalong’

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  • Zac Efron
    Zac Efron
    American actor and singer from California

With everyone asked to stay home due to the COVD-19 pandemic, ABC treated viewers to The Disney Family Singalong on Thursday night. Stars like Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, and Christina Aguilera led viewers through some of Disney's greatest classic songs, all while from the confines of their own homes. There was also a special High School Musical reunion performance. The performance was introduced by Zac Efron, who unfortunately had some technical issues. As a result, his video was of rather poor quality. Host Ryan Seacrest explained, “This star is hunkered down in the middle of nowhere with patchy WiFi, but he did not want to miss out on tonight.” Efron told fans, “I hope that you enjoy, and remember, we are all in this together.” Original High School Musical cast members Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman and Lucas Grabeel were joined by a few other stars to sing the film’s hit, “We're All in This Together.” While the performance was spectacular, many fans could not get over the heartbreak Efron not joining in the singing. In fact, fans flooded social media with rants and lamentations.

Video Transcript

ZAC EFRON: Hi, everyone. I hope that you're safe, and that you're healthy, and that you're doing as well as possible during these unprecedented times.

KYLIE MAR: With everyone asked to stay home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, stars like Christina Aguilera, Ariana Grande, and the queen bee herself sent in videos as part of the Disney Family Singalong Thursday night.

BEYONCE: (SINGING) When you wish upon a star, it makes no difference who you are.

KYLIE MAR: And while most of the self-shot videos looked pretty good, some stars, like Zac Efron, had technical difficulties.

- This star is hunkered down in the middle of nowhere with patchy Wi-Fi, but he does not want to miss out on tonight.

KYLIE MAR: The cast of "High School Musical" was supposed to reunite for the special event. But unfortunately, Efron was limited to only introducing the group because of a poor internet connection.

ZAC EFRON: It's my greatest pleasure to introduce a musical performance by some of my oldest friends and some new ones. I hope that you enjoy. And remember, we are all in this together.

KYLIE MAR: Fans were understandably upset over the technical issue, with one fan tweeting, "Wait, y'all telling me that I waited all night for Zac Efron to reunite with his cast of "High School Musical" for him not to sing?" While another fan tweeted, "Me raging on the streets after seeing what Zac Efron really did for the Disney Family Singalong." Even though Efron was unable to sing, the rest of "High School Musical," and a few new faces, put on a spectacular performance.

- (SINGING) We're all in this together, once we know that we are, we're all stars, and we see that.