America, we need to quit sleeping on Dove Cameron—because the Disney star absolutely CRUSHED her live TV musical debut. The Liv and Maddie star played the villainous Amber Von Tussle, a.k.a. Tracy Turnblad's snobby, racist dance (and romantic) rival, in NBC's Hairspray Live.
In the early number "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now," Amber, Tracy (newcomer Maddie Baillio) and Tracy's BFF Penny (Ariana Grande) sing about the cruel reality of teenage life (they're not girls, but they're not yet women, you know?), and Dove certainly made her presence known.
Don't kill us for saying this, Arianators, but she even managed to out-sing Grande. Listen, Ariana sounded great (and our bodies are literally in no way ready for her outrageous closing duet with Jennifer Hudson), but Dove was the true star of this song. And that's not even taking her late-show number "Cooties" into account.
If you're unfamiliar with Dove's work, here's where you can find her: as Mal, the daughter of Maleficent, in the delightful Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants (and 2017's Descendants 2), as both Liv and Maddie in the Disney series of the same name, and the band she started with former fiancé and Liv and Maddie costar Ryan McCartan. Cameron and McCartan also made headlines this year when they ended their engagement.
Fingers crossed that after her scene-stealing (and song-stealing!) turn in Hairspray Live, we'll see her in some non-Disney Channel projects as well.
Do you think Dove outsang Ariana? Are you kind of sad there isn't more Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
Hairspray Live will re-air on Monday, Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. on NBC.
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