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Del Rey’s SNL performance draws tough reviews

January 16, 2012
By MARGARET MORAN - For the Adirondack Daily Enterprise (

LAKE PLACID - Internet pop star Elizabeth Grant, who grew up in Lake Placid and goes by the stage name Lana Del Ray, performed as the musical guest on this week's "Saturday Night Live" and received mainly harsh reviews.

Dressed in a long gown and backed by a four-piece band, Del Rey sang two songs - her 2011 single "Video Games" and "Blue Jeans" - on the SNL episode hosted by actor Daniel Radcliffe, best known for his role as Harry Potter.

Much of the toughest criticism was aired on Twitter: some anonymous, some not. Actress and singer Juliette Lewis tweeted, "Wow watching this 'singer' on SNL is like watching a 12 yearold in their bedroom when they're pretending to sing and perform. #signofourtimes," according to the Hollywood Reporter. That tweet has since been removed from Lewis' account.

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Lana Del Rey performs Saturday on 'Saturday Night Live.'

The Los Angeles Times music blog was a little kinder in reviewing her performance: "Her voice is distinctive, no doubt, but Del Rey appeared to be trying to do too much with it, distractingly switching between highs and lows, moving between pouting and singing. Ultimately, she seemed more comfortable on the night's second number, 'Blue Jeans,' which carried a little more energy."

Her first major-label album, "Born to Die," is scheduled to be released on Jan. 31.



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