Singer and actress plays Rizzo to perfection just one day after losing her father to cancer
Vanessa Hudgens‘ performance during “Grease: Live” on Sunday was good enough to make her the most talked about cast member on Twitter.
Hudgens, who played Pink Lady Rizzo, earned a staggering 90, 756 mentions on Twitter during the show’s initial broadcast, according to marketing technology company Amobee Brand Intelligence.
That number is nearly three times that of the next most-mentioned cast member, which was Danny Zuko actor Aaron Tveit with 36,522 mentions.
Hudgens performed in the live Fox musical just one day after learning that her father, Greg, had died after battling cancer for the past six months.
“I am so sad to say that last night my daddy, Greg, passed away from stage 4 cancer,” Hudgens tweeted Sunday morning. “Thank you to everyone who kept him in your prayers. Tonight, I do the show in his honor.”
“Grease: Live” was not only a hit on social media, but in the ratings as well. According to preliminary data released by Nielsen, the live musical production earned a 7.4 rating/11 share in the 56 metered market households.
National numbers can certainly tell a different tale, and these should be considered very preliminary indicators. Fast national ratings — and then final data — should be out within a few hours.
See the full list of most Twitter mentions for the “Grease: Live” cast below.
Tweets Around Grease Live! Cast
1. Vanessa Hudgens (90,756 Tweets)
2. Aaron Tveit (36,522 Tweets)
3. Julianne Hough (26,406 Tweets)
4. Joe Jonas (18,108 Tweets)
5. Mario Lopez (15,570 Tweets)
6. Didi Conn (11,412 Tweets)
7. Boys II Men (5,328 Tweets)
8. Jordan Fisher (5,220 Tweets)
9. Keke Palmer (3,816 Tweets)
10. Jessie J (1,620 Tweets)