John Travolta looks unimpressed as he fails to crack a smile during hilarious performance of the Chicken dance at Italian music festival: ‘What the duck!’

He’s known for his moves in Saturday Night Fever and Grease, but John Travolta learned a new dance on Wednesday night.

Attending the Sanremo Music Festival in Italy, the actor looked less than happy to volunteer for the number as he performed with hosts Fiorello and Amadeus outside the Ariston Theatre.

Surrounded by people in chicken costumes, the trio performed the Italian ‘Il Ballo del Qua Qua’ or ‘Bird Song’, but the Hollywood star couldn’t crack a smile as he performed the moves.

As the iconic tune began, John clapped his hands, shook his hips and flapped his chicken wings.

However, while the Italian hosts appeared to be having the time of their lives with smiles and laughter, John remained expressionless.

John Travolta, 69, looked unimpressed when he failed to crack a smile during the Chicken dance at the Sanremo music festival in Italy on Wednesday.

John Travolta, 69, looked unimpressed when he failed to crack a smile during the Chicken dance at the Sanremo music festival in Italy on Wednesday.

As the iconic tune began, John clapped his hands, wiggled his hips and flapped his chicken wings

As the iconic tune began, John clapped his hands, wiggled his hips and flapped his chicken wings

Before the performance even started, John was given a matching orange duckbill hat to wear.

John didn’t even try to put it on but tossed the accessory aside before adding ‘It was too tight’.

During the festival, John took to the stage improvising as a dance teacher for Amadeus, first performing the moves to Saturday Night Fever before moving on to Grease Lightning.

It didn’t stop there as the star then performed the moves to You Never Can Tell from Pulp Fiction as Amadeus took off his shoes to complete the moves.

Fans took to Twitter as they reacted to him looking less than pleased to be forced into the Chicken Dance.

One commented: ‘His face says it all’ while another joked: ‘What a duck!’

A third explained: ‘For those missing the context here: Italy gets a bit wild during Sanremo week, and if you’re in it for the money – like Travolta – then you can’t complain about being played or was made to do stupid not good. They made you do a children’s dance. Approximately?’

Another found a clip of him throwing the hat away as they wrote: ‘John Travolta refuses to wear a hat for the chicken dance.’

But while the Italian hosts seemed to be having the time of their lives with smiles and laughter, John remained expressionless

But while the Italian hosts seemed to be having the time of their lives with smiles and laughter, John remained expressionless

Surrounded by people in chicken costumes, the trio performed the Italian 'Il Ballo del Qua Qua' or 'Bird Song'

Surrounded by people in chicken costumes, the trio performed the Italian ‘Il Ballo del Qua Qua’ or ‘Bird Song’

During the festival, John took to the stage improvising as a dance teacher for Amadeus as he performed the moves to Saturday Night Fever.

During the festival, John took to the stage improvising as a dance teacher for Amadeus as he performed the moves to Saturday Night Fever.

It didn't stop there as the star then performed the moves to You Never Can Tell from Pulp Fiction while Amadeus took off his shoes to complete the moves

It didn’t stop there as the star then performed the moves to You Never Can Tell from Pulp Fiction while Amadeus took off his shoes to complete the moves

He also performed the famous dance on Grease Lightning

He also performed the famous dance on Grease Lightning

Another joked: ‘John Travolta* really doesn’t want you to see this. The internet wants to make sure you do’.

Another added: ‘Do you hear that? It’s the rest of the world who discovered that John Travolta danced the Birdie Song on Italian TV last night. No context needed.’

The star is no stranger to dancing on TV after recently turning into Santa and recreating his incredible 1977 Saturday Night Fever dance for a new Capital One ad in November 2023.

The acting legend was unrecognizable as he sported flowing white locks and a bushy beard for the ad – which saw him recreate his famous Staying Alive routine as Tony Manero.

John donned the festive figure’s cozy red and white outfit as he walked down the street – before ending the ad with a dance to the Bee Gees legacy track from the film.

The star also recreated his famous Pulp Fiction dance from the scene from the 1994 film on the Italian talk show Che Tempo Che Fa in 2019.

Fans took to Twitter as they reacted to him looking less than pleased to be forced into the Chicken Dance

Fans took to Twitter as they reacted to him looking less than pleased to be forced into the Chicken Dance

Big moment: John and Uma Thurman's daring dance move to 1964 track I Want To Dance by Chuck Berry in pulse-pounding scenes from Pulp Fiction

John and Uma Thurman’s daring dance moves to the 1964 track I Want To Dance by Chuck Berry in scenes from Pulp Fiction that pulse

John Travolta transformed into Santa Claus and recreated his incredible 1977 Saturday Night Fever dance for a new Capital One ad.

John stars as Tony Manero while performing Staying Alive

John transformed into Santa Claus and recreated his incredible 1977 Saturday Night Fever dance for a new Capital One ad in November 2023

John danced with Italian actress Luciana Littizzetto, 54, as he recreated the moves he originally performed to the sound of Chuck Berry’s I Want To Dance.

John and Uma’s daring dance moves to the 1964 track set pulses racing.

He also appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden alongside Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Sam Taylor-Johnson as he took guests through the motions to the popular dance in 2019.

As James burst into laughter, John explained the moves ‘the hitchhiker’ and the mashed potato as he twirled his feet to the beat.