The highly anticipated television production of “The Little Mermaid Live!” aired Tuesday night and earned mixed reviews from devoted fans of the story.
But there was one element of the musical that united them all: Queen Latifah’s portrayal of baddie Ursula was, without a doubt, the best part.
In particular, it was the multitalented star’s performance of “Poor Unfortunate Souls” that stole the show.
The song marks the moment in the story when the sea witch convinces mermaid Ariel (Auli’i Cravalho) that her voice is a fine price to pay for a pair of legs.
While Queen Latifah’s Ursula added a few new lyrics to the beloved tune — and skipped over some of the original track’s most disturbing lines (including the classic, “It’s she who holds her tongue that gets a man”) — she sold the villainy of the song all the same.
And this Ursula delivered it with powerful pipes and mesmerizing moves, working her many tentacles like a sea of feather boas.
Just see how it compares to classic version, sung by stage and screen star Pat Carroll.
And fans of Disney’s mermaid tale will get see yet another version of Ursula belt out that song soon. A live-action version of “The Little Mermaid” is currently in the works for the big screen.