Zac Efron Didn't Sing A Single Damn Note In The "High School Musical" Reunion And It Sparked A Ton Of Drama

    "No Gabriella, T as in THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!"

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    So! If you need a little joy in your life right now — because, you know, everything's a little grim — you need look no further than Disney, who recently recruited some of the biggest names on the planet to cover a bunch of their classic songs.

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    On Thursday night, Disney aired a sing-along special on ABC to help raise awareness and money for the coronavirus pandemic, with stars such as Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, and Christina Aguilera serving up vocals.

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    Now, I don't want to cause alarm or an at-home stampede, but part of the lineup included a High School Musical reunion, which I've personally been waiting for since 2008.

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    Core cast members such as Lucas Grabeel, Vanessa Hudgens, Monique Coleman, Corbin Bleu, and Ashley Tisdale were all involved, as well as director Kenny Ortega.

    So, with the cast back together again, the HSM alumni performed a quarantine version of "We're All in This Together" (meaning they all did it separately from their own homes).

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    And they even had a little help from the new High School Musical: The Musical: The Series cast too!

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    But there was one notable absence — the leading man himself!

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    So where was Troy?! Was he outside on the golf course singing about his feelings again? Well, not quite. Zac Efron did make an appearance in the reunion...but only to introduce the other cast members before he got the hell out of dodge.

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    "I hope that you're safe and that you're healthy and that you're doing as well as possible during these unprecedented times," Zac said during his intro. "It's my greatest pleasure to introduce a musical performance by some of my oldest friends, and some new ones."

    Before disappearing altogether, he added: "I hope that you enjoy and remember, we are all in this together."

    Well, as you can probably imagine, people had some ~feelings~ about the whole thing.

    me realizing that zac efron was just introducing the cast of high school musical and not actually singing with them #DisneyFamilySingalong

    To be fair, this is an entire mood.

    There were a lot of strong opinions from people who felt personally offended by their hopes and dreams being slashed before their very eyes.

    disney: zac efron is joining the hsm cast !! zac efron in 240p: here’s the hsm cast enjoy bc i ain’t singing ! us: #DisneyFamilySingalong

    It's like, sure, the rest of the performance was great, but it's JUST NOT THE SAME WITHOUT THE LEADING MAN.

    Wait y’all telling me that I WAITED all night for Zac Efron to reunite with his cast of HSM for him not to sing!?!? #DisneyFamilySingalong

    And to make things EVEN worse, we couldn't even see Zac clearly from his introduction video. I truly wish I'd stayed in bed this morning instead of having to face this.

    im laughinggg zac efron looked like he filmed that on A TI-84 CALCULATOR #DisneyFamilySingalong

    And other fans were quick to remind everybody that this isn't the first time that Zachary has left us in a lurch when it comes to a High School Musical reunion.

    Zac says fuck high school musical #DisneyFamilySingalong

    Zac Efron whenever he has to do something High School Musical related #DisneyFamilySingalong

    But it turns out there might have been a legit reason for Zac missing out on the performance. According to Ryan Seacrest, who hosted the show, the actor had some ~technical difficulties~ that prevented him from performing and also explained why his intro wasn't exactly HD.

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

    Either way, I have no choice but to agree with Kathleen here. I'll see you all out on the golf course so we can sing about our hurt feelings together (from 6 feet apart because social distancing, of course).

    me going out to sing about how upset i am that zac efron didn’t really take part in the HSM reunion when quarantine is over #DisneyFamilySingalong

    P.S. I'm so hurt by this turn of events that I have reached out to reps of Sir Efron for comment, so I'll keep you posted on how well that goes!

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