Blame it on the WiFi. Apparently, that’s what Zac Efron should be saying to all the High School Musical fans who were upset that he didn’t participate in the singing portion of the cast’s virtual reunion on the Disney Family Singalong special that aired last week.
In case you missed it, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, and the rest of the East High Wildcats virtually reunited for the special and sang “We’re All in This Together.” Efron only appeared separately to introduce the song. “It’s my greatest pleasure to introduce a musical performance by some of my oldest friends,” he said.
Now one of Efron’s costars says Efron had a good reason for such a limited appearance. “What Kenny [Ortega, HSM’s director] told us when we were on the call was that at that time they hadn’t spoken to Zac yet,” Monique Coleman, who appeared in the reunion, told TMZ.
She continued, “I personally thought it was really cool that he was able to come in at the last minute and just do something. It means so much to the fans to see him and know that we are in it together.”
She went on to explain that the process of doing the song was very involved and they were filming all day. “I don’t really know, but if his WiFi wasn’t strong…I really don’t know where he is in the world, last I saw was like Papua New Guinea…but did you see the quality of [his] video though? It was, like, fuzzy,” she said. Coleman ended her interview calling Efron “one of the realest people” she knows and “more concerned with being a person than being a celebrity.”
Fans were super vocal on social media about how bummed they were to not see Zac Efron singing with the entire cast.
But it seems that a bad connection and no rehearsal time limited what he could do. Whatever the case, we’re glad he made the appearance.