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Lana Del Rey's 'SNL' performance criticized

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Though it wasn’t the most viscerally fascinating event on Saturday night (falling well behind the destruction of Tim Tebow, and Edson Barboza’s crazy-ridiculous roundhouse-kick knockout at UFC 142), Lana Del Rey’s appearance on Saturday Night Live certainly got the Twitterverse talking.

Del Rey, whose debut album Born to Die hits shelves on January 31 and who scored a veritable avalanche of blog-born buzz with her 2011 single “Video Games” (which made EW’s year-end top 10 list), performed two songs on the Daniel Radcliffe-hosted episode. Clad in a white dress, Del Rey seemed nervous and vocally shaky as she rolled through “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans.” Check out the latter below.

Plenty of experienced acts have been undone by the strange acoustics and odd broadcast sound of the SNL stage, but that didn’t stop most of the Internet from going utterly insane in the wee hours of Sunday morning. “Wow watching this ‘singer’ on SNL is like watching a 12 yearold [sic] in their bedroom when theyre pretending to sing and perform #signofourtimes,” tweeted actress and musician Juliette Lewis.

Others were similarly outraged at Del Rey’s showing on Saturday night. “I expected to be blown away by Lana Del Rey due to the hype. It’s time for SNL to get a real band on,” noted @NeonBMC. Said @tommmorton: “Stayed up to watch Lana Del Rey on #SNL only to discover she’s basically a drunk Julia Roberts trying to remember her own lyrics.”

And perhaps most harshly, from @dlpesick via Popdust: “‘Lana del Rey’s performance on SNL last night really legitimized her career and proved she is a capable performer.’ -No one”

Still, as The Hollywood Reporter noted, it seemed like the backlash to the backlash settled in roughly 44 seconds after the backlash ensued, which is about right for Twitter.

Readers, what did you think? Was Del Rey not ready for prime time (or in this case, late night)?

Or was she just undone by the usual things that undo a band on SNL? And shouldn’t she have been given a microphone stand so she didn’t have to twirl in the middle of “Video Games”? Sound off in the comments.

Read more on EW.com:

‘Saturday Night Live’ recap: Daniel Radcliffe gave it his all; Lana Del Rey felt the wrath of the Internet

Lana Del Rey’s moody, blood-soaked, tiger-filled ‘Born To Die’ video: What do you think?

Lana Del Rey’s ‘Video Games’ lands a prime spot on CW’s ‘Ringer’ — Is she officially mainstream now?

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