This is something I said in an interview a few months ago. pic.twitter.com/J63wLZJHnp
— Idina Menzel (@idinamenzel) January 2, 2015
I'm not sure how many of you watched Idina Menzel's performance of Let It Go at Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve special on ABC- I know I didn't! I did, however, read people's negative reaction to the rendition, mostly coming from the Twitter-folk.
Having obviously seen/read the criticism, Idina took to her own account to comment on the "fiasco" via an interview she did a few months back:
"There are about 3 million notes in a two-and-a-half-hour musical; being a perfectionist, it took me a long time to realize that if I'm hitting 75 percent of them, I'm succeeding. Performing isn't only about the acrobatics and the high notes: It's staying in the moment, connecting with the audience in an authentic way, and making yourself real to them through the music. I am more than the notes I hit, and that's how I try to approach my life. You can't get it all right all the time, but you can try your best. If you've done that, all that's left is to accept your shortcomings and have the courage to try to overcome them."
I know I'm guilty of doing the same thing on my blog Re: commenting on "bad" performances. In my defense I think I go a little deeper than those with a 140-character limit, trying not to be cruel or take cheap shots in the process (occasionally I may do so with my baity titles). Believe me when I say I'm aware that our Divas are not machines, nor do I expect them to be.
Still, this is a pretty timely reminder ( New Year's Rezs are still mailable) to be a little lighter and more understanding when it comes to critiquing others, full stop.