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Daniel Radcliffe Defends Lana Del Rey’s Much Maligned SNL Performance

Lana Del Rey was ripped for doing what many considered a lackluster televised performance.

By: Sarah Bauder

Published: January 17th, 2012 in Culture » TV » News

Daniel Radcliffe Defends Lana Del Rey’s Much Maligned SNL Performance
Amongst a sea of detractors, Internet chanteuse sensation, Lana Del Rey, has a white knight in the guise of Daniel Radcliffe. Lest you missed it, Radcliffe hosted last weekend’s Saturday Night Live, in which Del Rey did a much-criticized performance of "Video Games", and "Blue Jeans".

“It was unfortunate that people seemed to turn on her so quickly. I also think people are making it about things other than the performance. If you read what people are saying about her online, it's all about her past and her family and stuff that's nobody else's business. I don't think it warranted anywhere near that reaction," Radcliffe told the BBC.

Not merely the “chattering class” that were inclined to criticize the performance, notable detractors who took to the Twitterverse included gossip blogger Perez Hilton, and actress/singer Juliette Lewis.

“It wasn't just me! Seems like the overwhelming consensus is that @LanaDelRey was horrible on SNL last night," Hilton tweeted.

“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," tweeted Lewis, who herself has had musical aspirations.

However, the 38-year-old Lewis ostensibly had a change of heart (or perhaps a scolding from her publicist), deleted the aforesaid post, and instead tweeted:

“I woke up singing a @LanaDelRey song! Such great haunting melodies! Regardless of my own taste LIVE she’s a #FreshandYummy songwriter. Period.”

To her credit, Del Rey has managed to rack-up over 20 million views of "Video Games" on YouTube, all without album play. Her debut record, Born to Die, will be released in the U.S. on January 31st.

Take a gander below at Del Rey’s performance of "Video Games" on Saturday Night Live.



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