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Idina Menzel Responds to Critics of Her New Year's Eve Performance

Idina Menzel Responds to Critics of Her New Year's Eve Performance

After being criticized over her performance of “Let It Go” during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2015 with Ryan Seacrest, Idina Menzel is speaking out.

“This is something I said in an interview a few months ago,” the 43-year-old performer tweeted along with a picture of the clip.

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“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,” Idina said in the past interview.

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  • Jennifer

    I’ve seen her perform this song live 3 times. Not once has she hit that end note.
    Don’t get me wrong – I adore her and think she is unbelievably talented. I’m just surprised that she rarely hits it.

  • Marita

    She needs to slip an extra breath into the final phrase. The note is on her register break so it needs more breath support. That’s all.

  • Fah Q

    STFU you do better then!

  • cyclesn

    Her oscars performance was also patchy. I’ve seen online reviews of people who attended her tour (not Frozen related) complaining about her patchy live performances. It’s hard when you’re singing every day and it’s freezing, but I also think she sings in a way that damages your voice. With that belting. Not at a fan of her voice anyway, but unless you protect your voice and take care of it, you’re never going to sound half as good as you do in a studio. Also, she messes up the tempo so much with her performances. It’s annoying.

  • kapnkool

    Professional singer here. I saw her live in “If/Then” on Broadway and she was tremendous vocally. That’s a helluva note to hit, cut her some slack.

  • box1809

    I thought it was a great performance… sure her vocals were somewhat off, but it was 20 degrees and she was singing to a recorded track. I thought it was amazing how she manged to make it real and change it up a little bit, without a live band. IMHO, it was a lot better than some of the other performances where the vocal track was playing in the background.

  • Sean

    Idina is gripping in her throat. She’s reaching and screeching for those high notes. I would look immediately at her voice teacher because she is not singing those notes in a healthy way. It has been evident in multiple live performes. She’s afraid of those high notes and it’s showing.

    Listen, she’s wickedly talented but this is a serious issue for fans of that song.

    She’s spot on when she eludes to the fact that acting a song is so much more important. But in a song like this, these money notes also make or break the performance. And, sadly it’s breaking it right now. I would just like to see her sing in a healthy way and do right by her fans.

    It’s such a strange thing to say to say to look at her vocal teacher/coach for someone at her level bc you’d think this someone of that caliber would have corrected this.

  • James

    I think I will just reiterate her point people. Does it really matter?

  • Sean

    Just because someone can’t do better doesn’t mean they cannot make observations. Get over yourself.

  • Amelie Summer

    She need to stop try to Bjork, stay on Broadway

  • Esoteric11

    Well it certainly makes me appreciate it when a singer can hit those notes, so bless her. She had a perfect response.

  • marvin3O

    wow… that was really bad! I understand her reasoning when she’s in a musical, on stage, but when she is only singing THAT ONE SONG and it’s to promote your tour, you better hit every single note! I’ve seen X Factor contestants, The Voice contestants and Karaoke singers doing a much better job than what she did, she even rushed the lyrics, she couldn’t keep the tempo, and the ending… wow… sad… very sad.

  • marvin3O

    if she was doing a complete 2 and a half hour show I would cut her some slack, but she was only performing ONE SONG, and she was promoting her tour! not only that ending was rough and sad, the whole song was just a big mess! she was ahead of the music on so many times, she couldn’t keep the tempo, she was rushing and pitchy.
    I was fortunate to see wicked with her and Kristin Chenoweth and she was AMAZING!! and her Tonys performance was really good too, then why can’t she get this song right?! she messed it up at the Oscars and she blamed it on John Travolta, who is she going to blame now? Very disappointing!

  • julianne

    As a professional singer you should be hitting notes 100% not 75%…you connect with your audience through your songs because you are a singer not an actress.

    There is No amount of excuses to justify singing out of tune esp if you are singing a song that you had sang a thousand times.

  • julianne

    Yes it matters because she is a professional singer not an amateur. Was thinking of buying tickets to her concert at the Hollywood Bowl sometime in October but now having a second thought…

  • julianne

    Yes, that is what a pro does…Quickly get some air before the highest notes….

  • roserie

    Idina (43) and Mariah (44) have both been giving messed up performances lately. Singing is like athletics, you peak when you’re young and it just goes downhill as you get older. It’s past time for them to find something else to do.

  • Jennifer

    Okay, don’t be so bitter my friend.
    It was just an observation.
    I love her AND her voice.

  • James

    I dont think you should ever buy tickets to a concert. Just steer clear of live music all together. Since you set your expectations so high and have a zero tolerance policy it would not be in your best interest.

  • Stephen Belcamino

    here is video footage of that last note via YouTube – pretty bad-http://youtu.be/bv1Rh-YnQ7w

  • TeamBella76

    I rather her sing LIVE and not hit every note then most of these singers who don’t sing live at all quite pathetic !

  • Marita

    Sean I absolutely agree with you. It’s a serious issue for her voice. Who is teaching/coaching her? No one can belt at that range. She needs to learn to shift into a higher palate placement. The note she attempted at New Year’s sounded beyond her working range. It’s easy to increase your range with vocal exercises, but again only a professional voice teacher can evaluate this. The paradox is, even though it sounded bad, you can’t really hurt yourself singing too high…you’ll just squeak on the note, as she did. But you can do serious damage pushing down to sing too low, or belting too high. If her present instructor isn’t addressing this, she needs to find one who will, pronto. Her voice is still beautiful in it’s natural range. I hope she doesn’t suffer damage from an incompetent teacher. You’d be amazed how many professionals voices are damaged by teachers who either don’t know what to do to fix a problem or don’t want to speak truth and risk losing their celebrity student.

  • Marita

    It isn’t a matter of “one song”, it’s a matter of what technique is she using to sing that note. Whatever she’s using, it’s not working and she would be better off to not perform the song or transpose it to a range she can sing until she can work with an instructor who will fix the issue. Her voice is beautiful, but you’d be amazed at how many so-called teachers or “vocal coaches” don’t know how to fix a problem. And this one should be an easy fix if she’s getting the right instruction. Which makes me fear maybe she’s not.

  • Marita

    It doesn’t have to go downhill as you get older IF you stay in training. Bernadette Peters is better at age 66 than she has ever sung in her life. Every professional needs an lifelong vocal instructor.

  • Marita

    It wasn’t out of tune. She missed the note completely. Either it’s not in her working range or her placement is wrong in that range. Someone highly qualified who will tell her the truth needs to evaluate her entire vocal range, rule out any damage, tell her what her working range is, and work with her to extend the range if she wants.

  • Marita

    It matters because if she’s not singing with proper technique she could damager her voice.

  • Marita

    It matters because if she’s not singing with proper technique she could damager her voice.

  • Marita

    Singing live to a recorded track is a nightmare. There’s no room to fit in an extra breath or a rest note if you need one.

  • julianne

    i watched Rent on Netflix and she was good in that…she has been singing professionally for quite sometime and for sure knows her range and the proper technique….most singers they do falsetto when the notes are high…not sure if she is doing that…

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  • julianne

    She’s been singing professionally and for sure knows the proper technique…she needs her throat to be checked…

  • julianne

    Zero tolerance? If you spend money to buy tickets then you expect to get your money’s worth…like going to an expensive restaurant…

  • julianne

    She needs her throat checked..

  • julianne

    Watched Kristin C at the Greek theater before and was really good…ended up buying her CD fter the concert

  • julianne

    She is a pro and for sure knows all the technique esp on high notes…there must be something wrong…

  • James

    Yeah sure, that’s the selfish way of putting it. Don’t agree? Take some time to think about it.

  • Marita

    She’s not doing falsetto Julianne. She was singing full voice, the proper way. I checked Bernadette Peters’ Twitter feed where BP posted the name of her teacher. Then I checked the teacher’s FB page and she had a very good article on belting. Belting is controversial among voice teachers. Classical teachers don’t like to teach it, but as Ms. Angel, BP’s teacher notes, it is necessary for Broadway. Very few voice instructors will teach both classical and belting techniques. BP’s voice is in the beautiful condition she’s in at 66 because of Ms. Angel. It’s quite possible for someone like Idina to become very famous on her natural talent and yet not have a teacher who would have trained in both techniques. To sing the high note in Let It Go, she would need to shift into a classical technique for the last phrase. She’s obviously trying to do the right thing, which is avoid falsetto and sing in true or head voice. But apparently no one has helped her. I hope she finds a teacher like Ms. Angel who can keep her singing for life. If you listen to the song, “Unexpected Song” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Song and Dance” you will hear Bernadette Peters make that exact shift at the very end of the song. It can be done, but few teachers will take on such a difficult challenge. So I applaud Idina for singing in her full voice, not falsetto. What she’s doing is extremely difficult. It takes a lot of high quality training and there aren’t many teachers who can or will teach at that level.

  • Marita

    Yes it matters because she has a beautiful voice and no one wants her to hurt it, and because no matter how brave front she puts on, she must be hurting inside. No one wants to flub a note in performance. She’s singing an impossible piece in the worst possible conditions, and there are only a few voice instructors who can teach what she’s singing. I hope she has one of the few.

  • Bo

    I agree , Cher a Contralto can still sing at the age of 68 well with little if any vocal deterioration showing in her voice , I have heard she vocalizes nearly everyday. Patti Labelle a Soprano can still sing all her high notes well at the age of 70 after over 50 years in the music business . Singing voices deteriorate if you don’t take care of them , your voice type can change with ages and how you sing has to follow. Mariah needs to find a vocal trainer and find out how to sing with her voice now because its not the same anymore and she cant keep trying to sing like she used to . Changing the keys of her songs would help her sound better drastically. Patti got a coach to help her through her voices change , consistent vocal practice and training will help you to keep your singing voice.
    Every professional needs an lifelong vocal instructor.

  • julianne

    If you work hard for your money then for sure you want to spend it wisely…

    Selfish? If You will pay for my tickets then I do not need to think twice…I will go eight now…lol

  • kapnkool

    Go see Lisa Fischer in the film “20 Feet from Stardom” or live and come back to tell me that. At 56 she is vocally light years better than most modern female singers.

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