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Casting Live-Action 'Little Mermaid': 6 Singers Who Should Play Ariel

Gaga? Demi? Carly Rae? Vote for the pop singer YOU think should play the Little Mermaid in this Fuse poll!

With Bling Ring/Lost In Translation director Sofia Coppola reportedly taking on a live-action Little Mermaid movie, we got to thinking about who has the vocal prowess, dreamy looks and chutzpah-filled curiosity to play the titular character. The answer is clear—a real-life pop star needs to play the aquatic princess.  

And even though this upcoming film is based on the 19th century Danish fairy tale and not the 1989 Disney film—so no guarantees the mermaid will have red hair or even sing—we couldn't help but to keep Ariel in mind when casting the perfect lead for the live-action Little Mermaid. So from Lady Gaga to Demi Lovato to Girls' Generation's Tiffany, here are the six singers we think would make excellent Ariels.

And after you check out our suggestions, we want to know who you think would make the best Little Mermaid. Vote in the poll at the end of this slideshow!

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Ariana Grande

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Ariana Grande performs onstage during Z100's Jingle Ball 2013, presented by Aeropostale, at Madis
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Ariana Grande rocked red hair long before her days as a ponytail queen, and she was basically born to play the role. Ariel and Ariana share plenty of common characteristics: The Little Mermaid is curious and sweet, enthusiastic and naive, things that could be said of Grande. Plus, since the young singer's Mariah Carey-esque voice is almost siren-like, she would have no trouble wooing her Prince Eric.

2 / 7

Carly Rae Jepsen

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Carly Rae Jepsen is probably the most prepped a pop star can be to play a Disney princess. Not only is the "Call Me Maybe" singer playing Cinderella on Broadway right now, but she even recorded—and nailed—a cover of The Little Mermaid classic "Part of Your World" last year.

3 / 7

Lady Gaga

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Lady Gaga attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on Au
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Sure, at 27, Gaga's not exactly the right age to play a deep-sea debutante, but have you seen her in those seashell bras? That was the hottest thing to come out of the sea since Daryl Hannah in Splash.

She's more than up to the task vocally, and any pop star who can bring a taste of Coney Island's bacchanalian Mermaid Parade to The Little Mermaid has our endorsement. 

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Girls' Generation's Tiffany

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It's not a stretch to imagine K-pop star Tiffany starring in a Hollywood movie: The Girls' Generation member was born and raised in Los Angeles and proved her acting chops by starring in a South Korean Broadway production of Fame

Following fellow Korean singers BoA (who makes her Hollywood debut in Make Your Move next month) and Rain (filming with Bruce Willis in The Prince), the landscape is better than ever for the 24-year-old singer. Plus, she looks amazing with red hair.

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Demi Lovato

ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Demi Lovato performs at the Honda Center on February 13, 2014 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by G
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Demi Lovato has the voice of a mythical being and mermaids are basically angels of the sea. Her career started at Disney—here's hoping the live-action version of the fairy tale is based on the PG version—and like the other stars on this list, she can pull off red hair. More importantly, have you seen the video for "Neon Lights"? Girl has the water goddess thing on lockdown.

6 / 7


LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Actress Zandaya attends the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November
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At 17, the Disney Channel starlet is the perfect age to play Ariel. But even more importantly, Zendaya is a great vocal match: Her voice is a fitting combining of youthful sweetness and yearning that the character requires. And although we've never seen it, there's no way Zendaya wouldn't look killer with bright-red hair. 

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So, Who's Your Pick?

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