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"Hairspray Live" was a huge production, but TV junkies are split on whether or not the musical was a powerhouse hit or a lackluster. While some of the performances and numbers have been praised, technical difficulties and unnecessary fluff were cited as the show's major failures.

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Entertainment Weekly gave the musical an B+ for strong numbers, vocal power and sequences. Playbill listed the top five reasons why the musical wins.

1. “The Nicest Kids in Town”/”You Can’t Stop the Beat”
2. Extra Dance Breaks
3. JHUD (performance)
4. The Costumes
5. Standout performances
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The New York Times wrote the live musical had some standout moments, but ultimately lacked power. The massive production added unnecessary behind-the-scenes footage, awkward peeks into audience watch parties and former "Glee" star Darren Criss as the commercial-break host.

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At least Anna Kendrick loved it.

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But others say "Hairspray Live" didn't live up to the hype.

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