Daniel Radcliffe has come to the defense of Lana Del Rey for her widely panned Saturday Night Live performance.
The Harry Potter star, who hosted the episode and introduced Del Rey, told the press that he didn’t think her performance “warranted anywhere near that reaction.”
"It was unfortunate that people seemed to turn on her so quickly," he told press during the BAFTA nominations event.
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"I also think people are making it about things other than the performance,” Radcliffe added. "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."
Del Rey, who gained her fame through YouTube, is one of only a few artists to ever appear on SNL before the U.S. release of their debut album (Del Rey’s Born to Die is due out Jan. 31 on Interscope). During her performance, she was visibly nervous, and, after she performed “Video Games” onstage, the singer was slammed on Twitter by many, including actress Juliette Lewis.
“Wow watching this ‘singer’ on SNL is like watching a 12 yearold [sic] in their bedroom when theyre pretending to sing and perform #signofourtimes,” wrote Lewis, who is also a singer and has opened for the Foo Fighters and Chris Cornell. Lewis later deleted the post and changed her tune regarding her opinion of the singer.
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NBC’s Brian Williams wrote a note to the editors of Gawker –which the website published -- also skewering Del Rey’s performance: "Brooklyn hippster [sic] Lana Del Rey had one of the worst outings in SNL history last night — booked on the strength of her TWO SONG web EP, the least-experienced musical guest in the show's history, for starters."
The publicity, however bad, may have helped the sexy singer out. After being widely panned for her performance, it was announced that Del Rey had landed a spot on the bill for the annual SXSW Music Festival, scheduled for March 13 through 18 in Austin, Texas.