“Saturday Night Live” makes calculated risks when it comes to choosing its musical guests. Most of the time, we’re rewarded with some pretty amazing — and sometimes groundbreaking performances. Not so Saturday (Jan. 14) when Internet singing sensation Lana Del Rey made her debut on the show.
After an encouraging intro from guest host Daniel Radcliffe, Del Ray shakily launched into her song “Video Games.” She looked lovely in a floor-length ivory gown, but her discomfort was apparent. Del Ray shuffled from foot to foot, occasionally rubbing her hip and thigh in what we assume was an attempt at performing. But it was her singing that was an utter fail. Unlike her well-done YouTube rendition of the song, she mumbled into the microphone and rushed through the words as her backing band looked on in horror.
The Twitterverse reaction was swift and not at all kind.
“Wow watching this ‘singer’ on SNL is like watching a 12 yearold in their bedroom when they’re pretending to sing and perform. #signofourtimes,” tweeted actress/singer Juliette Lewis. The tweet was later removed from her account.
According to Huffington Post, Del Rey had expressed her nervousness before going on stage. Still, she returned for a second time to perform “Blue Jean.”
The last time we were this embarrassed for an “SNL” musical guest: 2005 when a 21-year-old Ashlee Simpson forgot her lines and was outed as a lip-syncer. Hey, she recovered from it. Kind of. We’re sure Del Ray can, too. In fact, we hope so — she’s new to live performance, so maybe we should all give her a break and chalk Saturday’s fail up to a massive case of nerves.