• Wed, Mar 14 2012

Lana Del Rey Can’t Take A Hint, Will Perform On American Idol

Lana Del Rey performing on American Idol whyWatching Lana Del Rey keep futilely trying to kickstart her career has progressed from merely embarrassing to cringeworthy. First she tanked on Saturday Night Live – with even Brian Williams publicly calling her out on it — and even though she did OK on Letterman, the hard truth is that she should be working on putting out an album instead of booking TV performances she’s obviously not ready for. Instead, Lana — or, more likely, her camp forcing her into it — has decided to perform on American Idol.

MJ’s Big Blog reports that Lana’s name is printed on the audience tickets for this Thursday’s taping, along with Demi Lovato and Daughtry. That means she’ll either be one of the performers this week, or she’s pre-taping her appearance for a future episode.

With her track record, please let it be pre-taping. I’m sorry, but she’s only shooting herself in the foot right now. It’s obviously a difficult situation—with the edict of “fake it til you make it,” you want to show yourself as game for any challenge that comes your way. I’ve been in that situation with playwriting contests that I’m tempted to submit to even though my work might only be a first draft, because who knows when that opportunity will come again? Multiply that by like a thousand since it’s Hollywood, and throw in the fact that these TV shows are approaching Lana’s people, not the other way around.

But they’re approaching her because she’s a hot commodity through internet hype, not because of her talent. And if she continues to play into that cycle, she’ll only give the media more ammunition to write her off as a fluke of misguided hype. Less than even a one-hit wonder!

Lana may not even be that — consider that she’s already had to reinvent herself when she couldn’t hack it as her real identity, Lizzie Grant – but she should’ve learned the second time around to take the time and make herself the best package possible.

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  • S

    I love her new album and I think she has a great voice. Live, it’s a little odd but I honestly dont hate it and think everyone is making a bigger deal out of her. I think she’s super talented. So I hope she performs.

  • Luke

    Although Lana’s performance wasn’t the strongest on Saturday Night Live, I think it’s unfair to accuse her of being a bad artist. Her coming into a music industry that runs on entirely different genres than what she sings. People are use to pop, r&b, rap, etc. Where as she sings indie pop, sadcore, chamber pop, and a few others. To say “With her track record, please let it be pre-taping. I’m sorry, but she’s only shooting herself in the foot right now.” Is totally unfair. Have you seen some of her smaller performances? Performances such as The Premises, Poolside at Chateau Marmont,at Corinthia Hotel London, Live in Hollywood with Amoeba Music. These performances were a lot better, in many ways and I think they show her true talent that the media decides to ignore.

  • Sam Gho

    “the hard truth is that she should be working on putting out an album” This is so unbelievingly f…..g ridiculous!!! How can you be writing this when her album was released on January 31 and has sold nearly a million copies in 6 weeks! What is wrong with you?

  • Armando

    Hello there Natalie, I have to refrain my self from bashing on you for how you wrote your opinion, but seeing that you are just one of the many online journalist and among other bloggers who have done exactly just what you have done. And that is to regurgitate what other media outlets in America have said. It’s like you all are peers to each other and like to fit in by agreeing with your own groups concensous. One thing many people writing on Lana focus is SNL, her lips, her Internet backlash controversy, her name, her image, her rich 1% father, and everything but her music. Ofcourse you want to be read so you might wana focus on controversy but this is very very misleading. What most american journalist know of Lana Del Rey is approx about 10% negative aspects most based on speculation and current American flase views on it’s own authenticity. Regardless of her massive success internationally, I know 100% that she has a unique and amazing voice and song writing skills that are not just refreshing but controversial because it reflects something the modern American culture has been fighting againts these last few centuries. Please YouTube Lana del Rey’s current song: “Million Dollar Man”, and her old Lizzy Grant song: “Kill Kill” or Pawn Shop Blues and you will discover that Lizzy Grant has been herself the entire time despite her name change. Most Americans fail to see beyond the shallow veil. So many are incapable of getting behind image and respecting the music. I hope you learn something and become enlightened by doing some more research on Lana Del Rey. Shes is heavenly. Don’t think Im againts Americans or anything , I’m American but I like to embrace other countrie’s cultures as well and if you do that you get a perspective on the limits of each culture, including that of your own.

  • Maci Parker

    You obviously have not listened to her album (listening to Video Games, Blue Jeans and Born to Die does not constitute enough judgment). She has a beautiful voice that I love, her songs and frankly 95% of her album is amazing, and she has her own persona. I’m sorry maybe we should also scutinize other brilliant artists such as Lady Gaga, Madonna, Freddie Mercury, Rob Zombie, and Joss Stone for creating a stage name, because we don’t have any other pointless reason to try and attack their music, am I correct? Its hating writers like you that give her such a bad rap. She is far more original, artistic and better than other female artists today, and I’m glad there is some talent still left out there in the musical industry. Because obviously, if you really listened and paid attention, and wrote a good article about her; people may not think you’re a credible blogger.

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  • Digital Jedi

    Of all the made up stories, this is the made up-iest. I saw performance the day it aired. Nothing different from it and 90% of all the other performances on SNL. I don’t care for her music. But I don’t feel the need to discuss how much I don’t like it, or make it seem like not liking it is a thing.