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Idina Menzel Shares Inspiring Words After Her New Years Eve Performance Goes Viral — From Critics Complaining About Her Not Hitting The Notes!

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Show 'em girl!

Idina Menzel recently faced a lot of criticism after her New Years Eve performance in Times Square. Basically, people weren't thrilled with her her high notes during a rousing rendition of Let It Go from the mega popular movie Frozen.

A lot of people took to the internet afterwards to write about their gripes with Menzel's vocal work, and we guess the superstar performer heard it all because she recently took to Instagram to share one inspiring message for anyone that's going through an equally tough time!

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Here's what the message said:

"This is something I said in an interview a few months ago. There are about 3 million notes in a two-and-a-half-hour musical; being a perfectionist, it took me a long time to realize that if I'm hitting 75 percent of them, I'm succeeding. Performing isn't only about the acrobatics and the high notes: It's staying in the moment, connecting with the audience in an authentic way, and making yourself real to them through the music. I am more than the notes I hit, and that's how I try to approach my life. You can't get it all right all the time, but you can try your best. If you've done that, all that's left is to accept your shortcomings and have the courage to try to overcome them."

Wow! Great points!

We do have a snippet of the video of the part people are complaining about (below), but we also don't fault Idina for powering through a super COLD performance of a song her vocal chords are probably super tired of.

Hopefully the New Year will bring less criticism and more recognition to Idina for her supreme talent and skill and overall amazingness!

We'll love you always regardless!

Check out the much-talked-about clip down (below) !!!

[Image via Instagram & Image via IZZY/WENN.]

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21 comments to “Idina Menzel Shares Inspiring Words After Her New Years Eve Performance Goes Viral — From Critics Complaining About Her Not Hitting The Notes!”

  1. pixiestix says – reply to this


    Good for her. She has more than proven herself as a performer. It was freezing cold that night and she gave it her all. Sad that people always fee the need to cheer when others take a misstep. Her best revenge is her success and that is more than most of the haters will ever have.

  2. Martha suarez says – reply to this


    It 's a shame how people viciously trash a beautiful and great artist like her for one day that for what ever reason she missed a few notes, how about the many times she enchanted us with her great voice?, I think your critics are cinical and vicious!

  3. debbie says – reply to this


    taylor swift was lip syncing (check out her performance_i think idina menzel did great with the song considering it was cold, windy and there was no lip syncing involved.

  4. Reality Check says – reply to this


    75% is succeeding? Seriously?

    So if your heart surgeon got 75% of their opinions right that's succeeding? So if your car mechanic is right 75% of the time you would keep going there? In school a 75 is a C+.

    If this generation honestly thinks that a C+ is succeeding then I weep for this country.

    Oh wait. I only need to get 75% of my letters right so that last sentence should read:


    It's the same sentence but with only 75% of the content.

  5. Anthony says – reply to this


    I guess when you have real true talent and have a off night (Mariah Carey ain't the only one) they really trip wen u have an off night!

  6. Dani says – reply to this


    Re: Reality Check
    I don't think any of those things involve 3 million of something. You're taking her sentence out of context. She meant getting 75% of the 3million notes in a two hour musical.

  7. Areyoukiddingme? says – reply to this


    Re: Reality Check – "This generation" she is 43 years old and has been performing on Broadway since the 90s. I think you need a fact check.

  8. Dee says – reply to this


    If you've ever watched the Today show and seen their regular outdoor performances by various artists, you know the freezing temperatures affect all of their singing voices. Plus, Ms. Menzel may have had a sore throat or sinus issues. Besides, we all know songs don't sound the same outside the recording studio where they do their version of airbrushing. This woman gave us a beautiful song that little girls (and big girls like me) have enjoyed over and over again. I'd rather hear her sing it on a bad day than anyone else's best shot at it. Leave her alone!!

  9. Shay says – reply to this


    I do believe 75 percent is a B+, not a C-. Stay in school kids. Heart surgeons have less than 75 percent positive outcomes. For the car mechanic, chances are, every 1 out of 4 visits(75 percent) he'll miss something. Clever you are not, stupid you may be!!!

  10. James says – reply to this


    Re: Shay – I agree with what you're trying to say, but a 75% is definitely not a B+ and actually, in most high schools, is a C-. Just saying.

  11. Karla says – reply to this


    Re: Reality Check – Wonderful way to totally miss the point.

  12. I CALL BS says – reply to this


    Over 3 million notes? Apparently she's mathematically challenged too. That would mean there are 333.33 notes played per second? Assuming every single second of that 2 1/2 hour show is playing music. Which guaranteed it's not.
    And I'm assuming she doesn't play every single instrument and sings all at the same time.
    Damn math must be hard for some people.

  13. sandyh says – reply to this


    Re: Reality Check – you are such a toad!

  14. RO_Drums says – reply to this


    So she missed a few notes. She's human like the rest of us. There are a lot of things going on that could cause anyone to miss notes…I sing backup while drumming. I'm not a great singer but if you have a bad mix coming in through your in-ears, you can easily get off pitch. Unfortunately it's not easy for the singer to make adjustments. I've experienced it at my semi-pro level, and I know artists at her level have experienced it. I've seen her live, as well as other artists, and they have had awesome performances. I've also seen shows where some were not having a good day. I think this is one of those examples. Keep on ripping it Idina!!! Ignore all the haters.

  15. Bryan says – reply to this


    Re: Anthony – The fact that you would compare singing with heart surgery means you take this shit way too seriously. It was cold, she was cold, shit happens.

  16. Savannah says – reply to this


    Re: Reality Check
    First… just because she said hitting 75% of the notes in a two and a half hour musical is succeeding doesn't mean she's not consistently better than that… and it doesn't mean that anything less ruins the musical. A big part of music is pretending there wasn't a fuck-up. It's about the experience of the overall performance, not a clean result.

    Second… she's clearly successful in an industry that differs greatly from the medical or academic fields. A surgeon has a team. The general consensus is that our school system is faulty (and, by the way, 75% in high-level science courses is often a solid B.) It's ultimately irrelevant to compare them to entertainment. It's also pretty irrelevant to question her credibility… she knows what it takes better than most people.

    So yes, people will look for the best surgeons. No, grades aren't always significant… if they were, more people with degrees and honors would actually have jobs in their field instead of being homeless or on minimum wage wherever they can get it.

    In entertainment people don't have to be technically good… what's "good" in entertainment/performance/art is subjective.

  17. music matters says – reply to this


    She didn't even really "miss" the note- it was just flat. She knew it, and ended the note with a stylized flourish that made it almost sound like she meant to do it that way! A true professional, with a solid understanding that music is much more than notes.

  18. Dee says – reply to this


    Re: sandyh – I believe the term is 'troll'. Tossing out comments that have nothing to do with the point, just to keep things stirred up, is trolling.

  19. Sevven says – reply to this


    Re: Anthony – Next time ANYTHING happens in the millions for you,you can talk foo…..

  20. Frita says – reply to this


    Re: Shay – 70-72.9% is a C-, 73-76.9% is a solid C, and 77-79.9% is a C+ — repeat the same steps for B's and A's. Don't call people stupid when you make stupid comments like this, especially when you have the power of Google right at your fingertips.

  21. Really? says – reply to this


    It wasn't that bad. It's just that too many people believe their favorite other artists are singing live all the time, that they are so dumbed down they don't know how to appreciate true artists that don't lip sync their way through performances. True artists give their all, even if they may not be pitch perfect all the time. True music fans would appreciate this more than someone that lip syncs their 90% of their concerts and media appearances. But, no, they fall for the hype and think pre-recorded tracks are live singing.