The doubt dates back to 2015, when the Harry Potter actress first addressed the starring role on social media, writing that it was "time to start some singing lessons." Facebook comment sections lit up. Beauty and the Beast was a precious property, and while Watson looked the part, sounding the part was key.
Disney wouldn't plug Watson's pipes till the end of 2016, with promo clips and song snippets tempering some of the heated reactions. Maybe she had pulled it off? Yeah, though the Mouse House would keep much of its training tactics behind closed doors. Early behind-the-scenes footage, for example, sticks to pre-takes and costar interludes: