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Hairspray Live!: Is Ariana Grande the Unsung Hero of NBC's Musical?

TVLine logo TVLine 12/8/2016 Andy Swift
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Did anyone else get major Victorious flashbacks from Ariana Grande during Hairspray Live! on Wednesday?

Before she was topping the charts and getting nominated for Grammys, Grande was killing it on Nickelodeon as one of kid-TV’s most beloved sidekicks (with the lowest IQ), Cat Valentine — and those years of practice paid off in spades during NBC’s live musical.

Whether she was sparring with her mother (Difficult People‘s Andrea Martin!), or following Tracy like a lost (and very confused) puppy, Grande managed to squeeze the most out of every moment — without stealing the spotlight from her co-stars. (Honestly, when Penny revealed that she thought she could talk to Tracy through the Turnblads’ living room television, I could have sworn I’d accidentally switched over to TeenNick.)

As for Grande’s vocals, was there ever a doubt in your mind that she wouldn’t crush every note? She blended seamlessly with Maddie Baillio and Dove Cameron during “Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now,” and we have high hopes for her work in “Without Love” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” (We’ll check back in later tonight with an update.)

We’ll have footage of Grande when it becomes available, but in the meantime… Your thoughts on her Penny? The production in general? Who’s your unsung hero of the night? Whatever’s on your mind, drop it in a comment below.

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