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Lana Del Rey Bombs Underwhelms On SNL

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What an awkward performance.

Lana Del Rey was set to be one of the up and coming artists of 2012, but nowwwww, we're not so convinved.

She did her first major performance on SNL last night and well…um….hmm…how do we put this delicately?

She bombed.

LOL, sorry, but her voice was all over the place, she was off-key, and had zero stage presence. She looked completely uncomfortable on stage and even made us uncomfortable just watching her.

Yikes.

She did look pretty though!

Watch her performance of Blue Jeans above to see what we mean.

And if you're dying for more, watch her second performance, Video Games, click after the jump.

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87 comments to “Lana Del Rey Bombs Underwhelms On SNL



  1. 1

    Yet you called Lovato's mess last weekend fierce, lmao. You're a fuckup, the bully has his favorites, that's all it is.



  2. 2

    I respect how polarizing Lana is as an artist. People definitely get a reaction out of her performance, whether they love it or hate it, there really isn't an in between. Personally, I find her captivating.



  3. 3

    I thought it was fine. I really really WANT her DRESS though, it's beautiful.



  4. 4

    i think she was pretty good! you're just not used to hearing a unique voice like hers
    much better than demi's people choice awards performance



  5. 5

    It was worse than that… but Perez DOES have his favorites…
    But she was awful, and that's being nice.



  6. 6

    I have to agree with perez, although I thought he was being nice by saying she underwhelmed. She fucking sucked. I thought during the first two or three minutes of her first song that it was some skit that the SNL players were making fun of some musician…but then it went to commercial and realized she was serious. Then I just felt sorry for her.



  7. 7

    I agree, she was pretty bad—but Perez, you unashamedly play favorites. You've flip flopped on Lana about three times now, disliking her initially and then changing your mind when the Born To Die video came out (when she was poised to make it big) and now that she's bombed you've shown your true colors. You should probably go and listen to Gaga's mic feed from her May 2011 SNL performance—it was worse than this. Oh, and that Demi performance you called fierce? Awful, as well.



  8. 8

    Lmao so was Demi's performance at PCA's, you called that "fierce"…ok Perez

  9. Shark says – reply to this


    9

    perez the piggy…does not have a musical clue…calling crap good and great artists dogs…he has no clue.
    but is he…or should i say…whoever he copied and pasted this critique from another site…wrong?
    no. they are not wrong.
    i love everything…country rap metal opera pop etc etc etc and her performances did only one good thing….take a guy who was having trouble getting to sleep lately…and put me out like a light.
    i watched her second performance this morning…and even well rested i almost dozed off again.
    poor vocals….boring song…boring backing band…the second song even worse than the first which i did not think possible. bottom line she is a stinker.

    she looked like a cute girl in a nice dress…so as a unknown to me i thought at least she looks good..but no looks can overcome what sounded like a mixture of bjork and robyn and a hound dog…being pulverized vocally in a blender….whoof whoof.



  10. 10

    mehhh… she's a cheap version of that other chic with the dude harp player. whatshername…



  11. 11

    I was looking forward to seeing her since I heard so much buzz about how great she is. I don't know why though. This was awful. Why is she touching her hair so much? If you don't know what to do on stage. Get a stand for the mic, at least you can hold on to that.



  12. 12

    I actually think she did well. Yes, a little awkward stage presence, but overall if you just listen and not watch, it's not too shabby



  13. 13

    That was such a bad performance. She honestly was the only damper from an otherwise perfect episode. Honestly, I didn't really like the Born To Die song of hers, but I was willing to giver her a shot at this, thinking she'd have some great stage show, and I just cringed the entire time. I thought it was a joke performance and I was waiting for Kristen Wiig to whip off a wig and start dancing.



  14. 14

    and somehow cokewhore Lovato was "awesome and fierce"..

  15. meme says – reply to this


    15

    I thought it was a skit at first. I never heard of her and I thought this was a joke. She sounded like a dying yeti. Beautiful girl though. She needs to stick to modeling where you can't hear her voice.



  16. 16

    I actually liked it.



  17. 17

    Are you talking "Sliimy" type of Bomb, or just nervous and the moment got to her type bomb?



  18. 18

    Wow - I was expecting something terrible. She was fine, although I admit I stopped watching at 1 minute. You must have a beef against her.



  19. 19

    Well, I think it wasn't THAT bad. She seems uncomfortable on stage but I find it quite cute. There is sth about her that intrigues me



  20. 20

    2nd appearance was better than the 1st…definitely better than Lovato on PCA…
    Her state presence will improve with time…and her voice is unique…she certainly didn't 'bomb' or 'underwhelm' but didn't highly impress either.



  21. 21

    I now truly know that you're a fraud and ONLY speak well of the fools that pay you……….you constantly barrage and inundate us with talentless shit videos and praise them as genius yet you rake this girl thru the coals and say she's "underwhelming"? I thought her performance was good. You're a fool.



  22. 22

    That was rough - felt like a karaoke performance. She's not mainstream, but maybe she'll pick up a cult following.



  23. 23

    Um Perez let's see you get up there and perform in front of millions and see if you're not nervous! She wasn't great. That's a fact but it was all nerves. I feel bad for her because she does have a unique sound and talent. maybe she needs more practice singing live or more training or something. But really Perez I think you are being harsh. The harp playing and song in general totally reminded me of Florence and the Machines though….



  24. 24

    Re: xcalibur – it's Florence and the Machines that you are looking for btw.



  25. 25

    Lana Del Rey is an awesome lounge singer. I think she's refreshing and different in a good way. Perez your being a dick.



  26. 26

    She wasn't that bad, nor was she that good. If you want to see someone 'Bomb' look at the Demi Lovato performance from the other night. Not sure what it was for 'Critics Choice' maybe, but that was a horrible performance.



  27. 27

    One more thing, at least she had the balls to sing live! There are so few "pop" stars that do that now a days that I think we should give props to Lana Del Ray for at least doing that even if it didn't turn out the best



  28. 28

    I thought she was great. Clearly you people have never listened to Fiona Apple, Tanita Tikaram, Marianne Faithfull, and a host of singer/songwriters who have an intriguing style!



  29. 29

    I don't agree with perez 99.9% of the time….but this time, yeah. Using the term underwhelming is being polite.
    It was absolutely painful to watch. She needs to go back to clubs go get more experience performing. Daddy's money can buy record deals, but it can' t buy experience.



  30. 30

    I think she could have done better, but she has talent…that is a tough stage…can you imagine being an emerging artist and not being nervous? She is HUMAN….for you people who judge her harshly, what are you doing with your lives? I doubt you have any talent or voice, so shut up. Also, she has more talent than the katy's, demi's, britney's, etc. of this world…She reminds me of Tori Amos…The girl needs to get some more confidence and she will be just fine.



  31. 31

    I actually think it wasn't that bad. She has a strange but beautiful voice. She will get more stage presence with time. C'mon, it was her first US Tv performance, in front of millions and she was practically unknow for everybody 3 months ago. You can see how nervous she feels, yet she keeps on getting more confident as the song finishes



  32. 32

    Yes, she was terrible last night on Saturday night live. I've heard the buzz on her and I thought she was beautiful but she sounded terrible. I thought this girl can't sing. Well she like the girl who influence her Britney Spears or the Selena and the Taylor of the world they all can't sing live or be in tune to save there lives



  33. 33

    Yeah, that performance wasn't very good at all. She really let her nerves get to her. She either needs to work on her stage presence or get a vocal coach to help her with getting singing live down. I can't wait for Bon Iver to be on in Feb so that stage can have some actual talent that can perform amazing live.



  34. 34

    I think it's funny how you say those things about Lana but you say that "singers" like Katy Perry, Britney Spears… are the best live. Everyone has bad days and she's new in the business. I'm pretty sure she'll get there with time and practice.



  35. 35

    she wasn't that bad, I think she looked a little nervous or uncomfortable but she isn't a bad singer.



  36. 36

    I thought she was good. She was strange but that's her style, right? She just looked awkward and was touching her hair all the time. Perez, remember you did that song, clap your hands or something? LOL



  37. 37

    I actually thought that was part of a skit. Both sets. What a joke.



  38. 38

    Re: sanfran1 – Exactly! She didn't just pull the songs she has recorded already, out of her ass. She has something, just needs some work. Maybe the SNL performance was just too early. For people to be so harsh, including other Celebrities is just ridiculous. Not everybody is pimped out by disney and their parents and learns about stage presence at the age of 3…Juuust sayin



  39. 39

    I loved it. this is her. shes purposely awkward. and to everyone saying he has favorites, YES HE FUCKIN DOES. OF COURSE. HE'S HUMAN. this is a blog, he does what ever the fuck he wants. he has the right to state his opinion. i respectfully disagree. she was amazing



  40. 40

    Hey kids, this is what a singer can sound like in a LIVE performance. It's not AUTO TUNED! Her mic should have been louder. I have perfect pitch hearing and she was good. A wonderful performer with the heart of a poet.



  41. 41

    She was so LAME. And anyone to put her in the same league as Fiona or Tori have got to be music-ignorant. Shame on SNL for letting that poor girl perform a second song, it just proves that talent is dead these days.



  42. 42

    She's great … she is different and new. To be honest Perez whenever you write something about a musical artist I usually ignore it or do the opposite of what you say. Except Ellie Goulding that's about the only thing you got right. Lana can sing she just isn't the typical auto tuned shit you're used to.



  43. 43

    NO idea who this girl is. I had the tv on low and was still cringing at the performance. Dressed like a 60's dream queen but humped over like a bad posture hippy with some weird alien moves from the one jack nicholson movie. Lord is was so aweful I wanted to cry for her.



  44. 44

    It wasn't her best performance and it was kind of awkward to watch, but she actually has a unique voice. It's different I guess. I think I'm going to get her album in the next couple of weeks. I guess she was just nervous. Also, Perez, how can you say that she bombed, when you praised Demi Lovato for being "fierce" at the PCAs, when she was all over the place with her vocals? Double standard much?



  45. 45

    SAME! I thought it was a skit!



  46. 46

    This song has potential for being a great song under the right conditions. Her live performance was a bit messy but the music was still good and her voice, although it was all over the place, is still beautiful. I'd buy her studio recorded cd but live, most definitely not.

  47. 7tizz says – reply to this


    47

    Little too soon for SNL. No one's heard of this song and it's not like you hear Videogames every time you turn on the radio so she is not a household name in the traditional sense. Her vocals were too raw (reverb, echo…anything!?!) and she drowned out the music - and where were the back-up singers? They call in sick? She wasn't off-key enough for that to be an issue - Mario knows very little about music and should stop making comments. Mario thinks Selena Gomez is a talent…enough said.



  48. 48

    She's good. I'm still going to support her and buy her album january 31st. She was probably nervous like most new artists are performing for the first time live nationwide… Cant wait to see her solo career blossom in 2012!



  49. 49

    tuneless zombie prom queen. That sums her up.

    no voice, no charisma, no performance skills. Basically she sucks live. Should just stick to artsy kool stylised videos where she can get away with just being pretty. And she needs to quit the lip injections too. Looks like a duck.



  50. 50

    She sounded great. It's a very demanding song: more than two octaves and very long phrases. She delivered and she held up well. Wish you appreciated it.



  51. 51

    I think she sounds fine. But this is the first time I'm hearing her so maybe she sounds different to you on her cd?



  52. 52

    It is not about Perez liking her or favoring Demi Lovato. We all have opinions and I think i'm being pretty objective when I say her nerves got the best of her. It was really bad. Did you listen to the high notes???? And falling flat on the low ones. The sound of her voice (her timbre) is really beautiful but she really needs to learn how to manage her voice. Her awkwardness was over the top but if someone has a good voice, things like stage presence doesn't matter that much (instead of for example Jennifer Lopez, she can sing but not so good that she only needs a guitar to make a beautiful song, she needs a performance and dancing). I have been playing the guitar and taking music lessons since I was 9 and now I'm 19 so I know when someone is singing off tone



  53. 53

    Oh it's not that bad jeez



  54. 54

    I hold a tremendous amount of love for both Lana and her music. I personally have seen her do better, but her stage presence has never been up to par. I just wish she would've stopped the vocal gymnastics and sung the song straight up. My question is why didn't she sing Born to Die?



  55. 55

    Jarring disconnect with that voice in that wig and horrid dress. If her image matches her voice it would make a difference believe it or not! So I closed my eyes and enjoyed listening — when I opened my eyes I did not.



  56. 56

    I see NOTHING wrong with her voice or performance. She is a unique singer - its nice to have someone different looking and sounding than Katy Perry, Gaga etc. Check out on YouTube her mesmerising performance on Jools Holland where she sang "Video Games" - AMAZING



  57. 57

    love her, she was fabulous!



  58. 58

    hipsters love her



  59. 59

    She could have at least used a mic stand. She seemed like she didn't know what to do to do with her hands, and it looked awkward, like some sort of open mic talent night performance at a local bar.
    I didn't think her singing was that bad–case of nerves, maybe–and it turned me on to the song "Video Games." Apparently the ones who saw it last night didn't have a problem with it either, because her EP shot up to #2 on Itunes after last night's show.



  60. 60

    I signed up for this non-sense just so I could leave a comment. I hate that. Anyway, this WAS a pretty dull performance. But the people who write these blogs need to quit using the phrase "off-key." You don't know what you are talking about. I assume this was auto-tuned…maybe not. Anyway, this is a boring performance of a boring song but it isn't "off-key" enough for someone to mention that as a reason for it "bombing." She was pretty close in that area. Just a little constructive criticism from a stranger: stick to what you know. It will make you a stronger force in whatever world this is you live in.



  61. 61

    She's got a better voice than ashley simpson



  62. 62

    whoa whoa whoa. to write her off is ridiculous. this girl has something different. i don't think it was a bomb but the girl doesn't really have the experience to go with being on a world stage like this. cut her some slack. i don't write you off as a blogger because you can't spell or use proper grammar 90 percent of the time.



  63. 63

    You are so wrong! Her voice was fine. Looked like she was on heroin but other than that I thought it was fine! ;)



  64. 64

    At least I had my SOUL REBELS BRASS BAND bumpin'. Shit is dope funky fresh! New record bout to drop and I heard they playin NYC Brooklyn Bowl and Terminal 5 next month. Sweeeet!!!!!!!



  65. 65

    Seeing that she's not a seasoned or polished performer, I think she did well for her first major US TV performance. Kind of reminded me of Fiona Apple. Glad to see the female singer-songwriter is making a comeback. I'm kind of tired of all this gay, 90s sounding dance music that's popular right now.



  66. 66

    why strike trough the word "bombed?" should have been more like "nuclear bombed"..hopefully people wake up and realize $ can't buy live performance…this is who she is…SNL should be ashamed of themselves for buying into the hype…them and billboard…and all the rest of the punks…



  67. 67

    I thought that her performance was amazing. Who wants a song sung exactly like the recorded version. Her performances are always unique!!!



  68. 68

    It wasn't that bad Perez. It was a hell lot better than that Demi Lovato crap you were praising last week. That's why no one takes your music instincts seriously.



  69. 69

    try, LP: Into the Wild from citi : accessories



  70. 70

    She sounds good!!!! WTF are you talking about? I swear Mario picks and chooses his favorites celebs, they probably pay him to write positive stuff about them. Lana is a thousand times more talented then that manufactured piece of $hit KATY PERRY who you always talk up, yet we all know she's a talentless hack who can't hold a note and sounds disgusting when she sings live.



  71. 71

    Jeee!She lost the magic!



  72. 72

    perez's and many other "music fans" todays problem is he/they need huge stage sets, big theatrics or plently of dramatic faces (showing how emotional someone elses lyrics are), flashy costumes and tons of back up dancers. he/they also expect the music to sound exactly like the cd or at least to sound highly polished at the expense of actually live singing/ playing. he/they don't care about art for arts sake at all.



  73. 73

    Well…I've never heard of this woman before. All I can say is that both those songs are hopelessly boring. ZZZZzzz…. Her high notes are beautiful - she appears to have a trained voice. But she insists on singing everything in a very low register. That's not flattering and does not in any way bring out out her voice. And I agree - the hair touching is annoying and distracting. Reminds me of Nana Mouskouri on stage - constant flipping of and fiddling with hair. Is her entire repertoire so dull?



  74. 74

    You don't know what you're talking about- it was not off key and all over the place is her style. It was somber yeah and sorta dull but wasn't bad. Demi lovato sounded awful at PCAs and you raved about it. You don't have a musical ear dude , quit trying



  75. 75

    what happend Perez? Did you ask her to start paying you to keep up the buzz and she refused? Lana has a real haunting, unique voice - unlike those fake pop tarts you love.



  76. 76

    I saw her performances on another site, first time I'd bothered to listen to her. I really wish I hadn't bothered, she was truly awful and her lyrics are pretty nonsensical (which she could have got away with if she could actually sing live). Perez does play favourites, we all know that, but he is not wrong in this case - her performance is being heavily criticised all over the web. People who like this sort of stuff tend to be those who like to be seen as "avant garde", I'd rather listen to some of the many women who can actually sing ;o)



  77. 77

    Re: toolman85
    Wow! You nailed it!



  78. 78

    She was clearly really nervous and perhaps not ready for something so big but I still love her music.



  79. 79

    I actually thought she was incredible. I watched the performance expecting her to be bad since that what all the gossip sites were saying–I think you're way off.



  80. 80

    Oh come one, give her a break - she was obviously just nervous and you can tell her voice is good enough that in time her live performances will improve. I don't see how you can criticise her unapologetically when Katy Perry has the same issues when she sings live, and Britney Spears who has never sung live in her life ever. Some perspective is needed here, people.



  81. 81

    I liked Lana 's performance. Odd but great!



  82. 82

    Lana Del Rey's performance was—sadly terrible. It was clear that she was overcome with nerves—bad—REALLY BAD.

    However, there are videos on youtube of her performing live on big shows in Europe and little clubs and she sung well—there's one video where she's performing in some tiny, fun,cramped German bar and she sound really good—it's pretty clear that place didn't have a lot of fancy effects to cover up flaws. She looks a little nervous there too, but nothing like on Saturday Night Live!

    Too bad about SNL—I like many (not all) of her songs.

    Well, as they say—that's show biz!



  83. 83

    Re: yrag01
    The acoustics on SNL's sound stage for musical acts is typically bad.



  84. 84

    Your're a fat ass jerk! WTH? OMG Perez I used to love your blog but now that you made fun of Lana for her AMAZING performance I HATE YOU! She did a WHOLE lot better than Ashlee Simpson and Ke$ha! Do you remember their drunk ass performances?! You don't know ANYTHING about music. Demi sucked last week! She just screamed into the effing microphone! IT WAS JUST NOISE! #LanaDelReyFOREVER



  85. 85

    bY some of the media coverage and comments i thought this was going embarrassing but i think people are just on the hate band wagon. It was not perfect and Lana does have a polarizing voice but people made it sound like it was Rebecca Black bad. It was a bit shaky and she looked nervous but i don't think it was bad.

    Plus how can you even critisize after you said Demi Lavatos ear breaking singing in The peoples choice award was fiece



  86. 86

    For those of you saying this girl bombed obviously do not know a thing about good music. She is very different when it comes to her sound. I think she is more like a poet, if you listen to her words they are electric. As far as the performance itself her voice changing so many times was a great way to suck anybody in who loves true music, it was a performance in itself. Just because she does not have body glitter and a scandal people want to hate. Half the people that get great reviews on sites like these can't even hit a note if you sat them down to sing on the spot. She is amazing.



  87. 87

    Just because someone's voice is unique….doesn't mean it's good. Fucking horrible.