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Lana Del Rey ‘SNL’ Performance: Daniel Radcliffe Defends, Brian Williams Trashes

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Three days after Lana Del Rey‘s debut on ‘Saturday Night Live‘ (Jan. 14), mixed feelings are still swirling over the singer’s (awkward) stage presence and (less-than-astounding) vocal performance. Since she is such a newcomer, Del Rey naturally garnered some skeptical comments.

However, the singer, 25, defended herself before the program’s broadcast, saying, “I’m a good musician … I have been singing for a long time, and I think that ['SNL' creator] Lorne [Michaels] knows that … It’s not a fluke decision.” After Del Rey’s performance, we wonder if Lorne Michaels still feels the same…

Despite the harsh critics, Del Rey — who performed her ‘Born to Die’ tracks ‘Blue Jeans’ and ‘Video Games’ on ‘SNL’ — has one man coming to her defense. ‘Saturday Night Live’ host / ‘Harry Potter’ actor Daniel Radcliffe expressed positive thoughts about Del Rey and her performance. While Radcliffe didn’t go on to rave about Del Rey’s appearance, he did offer some kind words to the ‘Born to Die’ songstress.

“It was unfortunate that people seemed to turn on her so quickly,” Radcliffe said about Del Rey’s ‘SNL’ performance. “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.” Harry Potter himself finished off saying, “I don’t think it warranted anywhere near that reaction.”

On the other hand, stars like NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ anchor Brian Williams and actresses Juliette Lewis and Eliza Dushku had very different opinions than Mr. Radcliffe. After seeing Del Rey’s off-kilter ‘SNL’ performance, Williams went on to say, “Brooklyn hippster 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.”

Lewis and Dushku seemed to agree with Williams’ sentiments. So, what did you think about Lana Del Rey’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ debut? Do you think she deserves all of the backlash, or do you think the critics should cut her a break? Leave us a comment below.

Watch Lana Del Rey Perform ‘Blue Jeans’ on ‘SNL’

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