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- Posted on Jan 15th 2012 10:15AM by Kenneth Partridge
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Sure enough, Del Rey's 'SNL' performances -- 'Video Games' and 'Blue Jean,' both posted below -- have already sparked a flurry of Twitter commentaries. As Hollywood Reporter points out, actress and musician Juliette Lewis was among the first to slam the rising singer.
"Wow watching this 'singer' on SNL is like watching a 12 yearold [sic] in their bedroom when theyre pretending to sing and perform," Lewis reportedly tweeted, although the post seems to have been deleted.
Taking the stage in a lacy white gown, Del Rey gave understated readings of both songs, changing the melodies in a manner that suggested she was either nervous or taking some creative liberties. On 'Video Games,' she twirled twice and swayed slightly but mostly kept still, letting the eerie blue lights wash over her. On 'Blue Jean,' the lights were purple and pink, but the performance was largely the same.
Speaking with MTV earlier this week, Del Rey said it was "not a fluke" that she'd landed a slot on 'SNL,' even though she's a relative newcomer whose debut album, 'Born to Die,' doesn't drop until later this month.
"You just think to yourself, 'Don't f--- up,'" she said. "And that's it. That's all you ever think with live television."
So, what do we think? Did she f--- up or nail it?