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Maren Morris Sesame Street Performance - Oops! Whoops! Wait, Aha!

Updated: Oct 22, 2021

If you've seen season 50 or 51 of Sesame Street, then you've seen the Maren Morris performance of the' song "Oops! Whoops! Wait, Aha!" a number of times. The song is really catchy, but Morris' performance of it was a little lackluster at times.

Grade: B-

Character: Herself

Sesame Street Characters: Big Bird, Elmo, Rosita, Cookie Monster, Ernie, Abby Cadabby

Episode: #5014

Original Air Date: February 15, 2020

Overall, Maren Morris' Sesame Street performance was good, but she wasn't totally selling it, which is why she's in the B range. Parts of the performance feel a little stiff or uncertain while other parts are great.

The lip syncing was another issue. Some performers like John Legend and Norah Jones are singing on set, while other musicians lip sync. The latter is totally understandable for performances like the one Maren Morris gave. It's more like a music video with the performer playing themselves while singing a song. However, and it's a big however, the lip syncing shouldn't be obvious. We know it's happening, but we shouldn't see it happening.

There were a few spots where it was apparent that lip syncing was going down, and it distracted from the performance. That's why the minus was tagged on to the B.

The performance left this critic wanting more. I wished that the performance was as punchy and lively as the song. It had a sort of confidence that the performance lacked at times. One thing that Morris did do really well is interact with the Sesame Street characters - that is, when she interacted.

Maren Morris Sesame Street Song Oops Whoops Wait Aha
Maren Morris Sesame Street Song Oops Whoops Wait Aha

There were a number of missed moments when she could have interacted with one of the Sesame Street characters, and more of that would have taken it from a B- to a B+ at least. Performers that have kids seem to be at an advantage in knowing how handle this aspect of the performance, so it would be interesting to see how Morris would perform now that sh'e's a mom.

The performance did end on a strong note though. The latter half seemed a little more relaxed and there was more interaction with the characters. A solidly B performance, but the moments of lax lip syncing brought it down a notch overall.

What Do You Think About Maren Morris' Sesame Street Performance?

Did Maren Morris get it right? Or do you agree with the Sesame Street Critic and think the song outshone the performance? You be the critic!

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