No Oscar gig for high-flying Bret

Last updated 16:32 07/02/2012
Kermit the Frog and Bret McKenzie
GOING STRONG: The Muppets' Kermit the Frog and Bret McKenzie.

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Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie might get robbed of the opportunity to perform in front of millions at this month's Oscar show.

Due to a complicated voting system only two songs got the nod this year, but organisers have decided to not let either artist perform, website Deadline.com reported today. The decision would rob the Wellingtonian and his green sidekick of the chance to perform.

McKenzie's Man or Muppet is up against Will.I.Am's Real in Rio at the awards on February 26 (local time). Both beat the likes of Mary J Blige and Elton John.

Both studios - Rio's Fox and The Muppets' Disney - formally protested the decision to skip the performances at the ceremony but received turn-downs.

"It doesn't make sense. They could have so much fun with Muppets and Rio staging," the website is quoting an insider as saying.

In past years, the nominees for Best Original Song have been performed and were seen as an entertaining break from the speeches.

Though this decision sounded firm because of the "telecast's pressure-cooker time constraints", there was still hope, Deadline reported. 

Academy Awards telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer were still working on the show.

"The show is not locked yet. Decisions about this and other things continue to be evaluated by the team trying to produce the most entertaining three hours possible."

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