VIDEOS Lana Del Rey’s SNL performances of “Blue Jean” and “Video Games”

Lana Del Rey SNL

Lana Del Rey has become the poster child for buzz over the last few months. The relatively unknown singer’s debut album Born To Die is set to be released January 31, and she has already signed a modeling contract, been nominated for a Brit Award, and has graced the covers of magazines like Billboard, Interview (Russia), and Q. But perhaps the biggest coup for the young singer was scoring a gig as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, joining a short list of performers that includes Natalie Imbruglia and Jessie J.

“I don’t think they’ve ever had anyone perform who didn’t even have a record out, so I do appreciate it,” she told MTV News last week. “I’m a good musician. And I may not have a record out now, but I have been singing for a very long time, and I think that Lorne [Michaels] knows that, and everyone over there knows that. It’s not a fluke decision.”

Actually, Lana was wrong about SNL not having anyone perform without having a record out. The first one was Natalie Imbruglia, who became known for her single “Torn”.

Lana Del Rey SNL bumper photo

Judging from the reaction online to Lana’s performances last night, it may not have been a fluke decision after all – merely a bad one. The criticisms range from pity to disgust from such folks as Juliette Lewis, Perez Hilton, and Eliza Dushku:

Juliette Lewis: “Wow watching this ‘singer’ on SNL is like watching a 12 year old in their bedroom when they’re pretending to sing and perform. #signofourtimes” (later deleted)

Perez Hilton: “Just watched SNL. Not only was @LanaDelRey vocally WAY off, but watching her utter lack of stage presence was cringe-worthy”

Eliza Dushku: “Who…..is…..this wack-a-doodle chick performing on #SNL..? Whaaaa?”

Comments from fans weren’t much better. But enough of what everyone else thought, here are the performance clips so you can judge for yourself.

Soooo… Do you think Lana Del Rey’s performance on SNL was the most cringe-worthy musical moment from the show since Ashley Simpson’s infamous lip-syncing fiasco?

UPDATE – I just ran across this Q&A from another MTV interview in which Lana says she will kill herself if her Saturday Night Live performance goes poorly. Uh oh.

So have you been practicing all week for SNL?

Well, no, I haven’t because I’ve been working. I don’t even know what I’m singing! I know it’s “Video Games” and I think “Blue Jeans,” but I thought it was supposed to be “Born to Die,” so I have to go figure that out. I better f***ing figure that out! [Laughs] There’s a lot going on so there’s a lot of catching up to do.

Are you excited?

Yeah … I’m excited if it goes well. If it doesn’t, I’m gonna kill myself! But yeah, what an honor. And who knows why, but it’s really nice for me.

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  • Kristen Elizabeth

    Not my taste of music, BUT her stage performance is very boring! Nothing exciting about her performance..I agree, she needs to practice on stage a little while longer. Seemed like she was just talking, not singing. She doesn’t have a bad voice, but I do in a way feel like shes trying to be like Adele in a way, and that will never happen. Practice a little more (w/e your name is) before stepping onto live national television.

  • Nic Angela

    It’s not true that it’s “the first time ever for an artist yet to release an album” to perform on SNL. Natalie Imbruglia performed on SNL in 1998 before she had an album out. Just wanted to let you know. Also, I thought her performance wasn’t great. I’m a big fan of live performances and was hoping this would have been better.

    • Starcasm Staff

      Thanks for the heads up Nic! I’ve updated the article to reflect the correction 😉 – Asa

  • Bekka

    I don’t think this was that bad. Beautiful voice, good songs… Definitely not suicide worthy. Leave her alone.

    • icantrememberthenameiusedlasttime

      Ummmm. Did you miss the show or something ?

  • Lee

    She looked like she was on muscle relaxers, barely able to stay awake. It was just strange.

  • Coco

    I have seen worse but definitely not great. In fact she was boring as he’ll and sounded tone deaf at times.

  • kristin

    Gahhh she is terrible! It looked more like an SNL skit making fun of someone who takes themselves way too seriously than a legitimate performance. Strange, awful vocals and a boring performance. Hopefully this will be the end of her singing career.

    • icantrememberthenameiusedlasttime

      I sooo agree ~ Thought you had to be really gorgeous to be that lacking in talent and get signed…

  • Roxanne

    She is clearly talented, but she was soooooo boring.

    • Roxanne

      Though I find it HILARIOUS that Juliette Lewis of all people has the nerve to say such a horrible comment about a singer. The singing wasn’t as bad as the critics are making it out to be. It was the STAGE presence, and the PERFORMANCE that was boring.

  • icantrememberthenameiusedlasttime

    Terrible Singer – Bad Songs – Zero Stage Presence …. Sounded like Sarah McLaughlin Was Being Killed By Cat’s In Heat … Career Suicide.

  • Anne

    It’s such a shame. I love her songs. And the video for Born to Die is awesome.

  • SpaBabe

    She sounds a lot better on her produced for the internet videos, so I was expecting SOMETHING. It was so bland of a performance, which made her voice sound strange. She should work on the live show she gives as a whole.

  • bob

    If Juliette, Eliza, and Perez wanted to damage Lana’s image, then they failed. The only reason I even heard of her (and subsequently bought her excellent album) is because of the media’s mad attempt at character assassination.

    Juliette Lewis? Eliza Dushku? Does anyone even know who they are? Are they singers? Don’t know … as for Perez Hilton … your balls have to be pretty far withdrawn into your scrote before you would even give it’s opinion the time of day!

  • Emily

    I agree that her stage presence was what really killed the performance. She sways awkwardly with no rhythm. Needless to say I hadn’t heard of her until SNL and I was intrigued enough to listen to the recorded versions of her songs which were MUCH better. I bought her album and I really like it. We’ll just call it a “guilty pleasure.”