Cher performed ABBA and brought the house down at CinemaCon

Yesterday, I talked about one pop diva making an impression, albeit indirectly, at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, but there’s no bigger queen than CHER, and she surprised everyone with a show-stopping performance of ABBA’s classic “Fernando” on Wednesday.

My idol for life will perform “Fernando” and one other, still-undisclosed ABBA hit in the sequel to 2008’s big screen musical Mamma Mia. In the upcoming Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, La Cher plays the mother of Meryl Streep’s character, Donna (who may or may not still be alive) and grandmother to Amanda Seyfried’s character, Sophie. Back in October of last year, the 71-year-old legend revealed that she was singing, acting and wearing some sweet platform boots in the film, which is set to hit theaters on July 20.

For the finale of Universal Pictures’ presentation at Caesars Palace, Amanda, dressed to the nines in a silver-sequin cocktail dress by Prabal Gurung, introduced a clip from the movie and then brought out Cher, who killed it. No stranger to the Colosseum stage, having had a residency there for many years (which I was fortunate enough to catch while celebrating my 40th in Sin City), Cher appeared from behind behind enormous palm fronds wearing a glittery pantsuit and platform heels – a subtle look for her. She was accompanied by a troupe of dancers and her performance ended with a shower of balloons. The excited crowd gave her a standing ovation – as they should.

After the performance, Cher took to social media, as she does, humbly tweeting that “Ppl seemed to like song.” Seemed to? Sure looks like they loved it. I definitely did.

Now I can’t wait to see MM2. I’m also dying to know what other ABBA song she’s going to sing. I love “One Man, One Woman” and I wouldn’t mind her singing “One of Us.” Better yet, she could cover Frida (a/k/a ABBA’s Anni-Frid Lyngstad’s) “I Know There’s Something Going On.” It’s ABBA-adjacent, right? That one gets my vote.

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Cher  at The Promise film premiere held at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood

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  1. Neelyo says:

    Wait, Cher’s playing Meryl Streep’s mother? There must be some sort of a twist, right? Even for Hollywood’s propensity to speed up a woman’s aging process that’s some f*cked up shit.

    • Becks says:

      I think its kind of the point of it. From the clips I have seen they purposely make Cher look “fake young” (like a woman who has had too much plastic surgery or wears too much makeup – even more so than Cher’s normal stage look, lol) so I think its meant to be kind of facetious.

    • holly hobby says:

      At one point they played contemporaries in Silkwood. Gawd I’m showing my age here.

    • SKF says:

      It also makes ZERO sense because in the first movie they make out like her mother was (A) dead with lines from Donna like: “Someone up there has it in for me – I bet it’s my mother,” to which her friend replies, “What a ray of sunshine she was” and (B) a horrible woman who kicked Donna out of home when she was pregnant with Sophie – something Donna describes to Sophie (I can’t find the line but I recall it) and also referenced here:

      Donna: I don’t know where they are, I don’t know why they’re here, and I have brought this all on myself because I was a stupid, reckless little slut!
      Tanya: Whoa! Don’t you sound like your mother!
      Donna: I do not!
      Tanya and Rosie, laughing: Yes, you DO!

      You get the impression that Fonna never spoke to nor saw her mother again and that Sophie never knew her. She also seemed to be old-fashioned, and awful and most certainly dead. There are so many plot holes here it’s crazy.

  2. Becks says:

    I LOVE CHER. She is amazing. I cant wait for this movie.

    • Lizzie says:

      SAME! i didn’t even see the first one and i hate musicals and i will see this. moonstruck is one of my favorite movies of all time.

  3. Alix says:

    What on earth has she done to her face?!?!?! She’s had work done in the past, but this is waaaay over the top. Eyes, nose, teeth, fillers…

  4. JennyJenny says:

    Ahhhhh, they sure don’t make them like this anymore.
    Cher is the OG ~ Original Goddess!

  5. WhatThe says:

    Cher is an icon, but her face looks like a stretched out skeleton.

  6. Vava says:

    The voice of a bird………………..beautiful!

  7. Anastasia says:

    This may seem like a totally dumb question, but those are wigs, right?

    • KiddV says:

      I’m not sure. I know she’s worn wigs, but she has great hair so I’m not sure why she did or if she still does.

  8. OnyxXV says:

    I LOVE Cher and have been a fan for years, but bless her heart, she’s had so much unfortunate work done on her face that she’s starting to look like a bad Cher impersonator!

  9. H says:

    I saw her in Vegas during Thanksgiving. She was amazing! Looking forward to this movie, have to watch first one again.

  10. willowisp says:

    Cher’s new face work is just tragic. I saw her IRL, middle-aged, no make up, no wig, and she was one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. Her face was sublime, like one of the madonnas from the Italian Renaissance paintings. I think she’d already had loads of work done by then. And once you start, you have to maintain. Her nose is verging into Michael Jackson territory. I loved her old nose. Oh, well.

    • KiddV says:

      I’ve seen her IRL, middle age, no makeup, etc, too, and she was gorgeous. And I was surprised at how small she was. She always seems much taller on screen and bigger than life.

      My first thought when I saw the top photo was just how tiny is Amanda if Cher looks so much bigger than her.

  11. puravidacostarica says:

    Why do Cher’s hands remind me of Johnny Depp’s hands in the “Dark Shadows” movie? (My best attempt at avoiding a comment on her face.)