Are things looking up for Lana Del Rey? Her debut album Born to Die moved nine spots up the Billboard album chart this week, and her sexy video for “Blue Jeans” managed to get her back in the conversation on the Internet (even if a lot of that conversation involved allusions to Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”).
Last night, her road to redemption continued when she got on stage on American Idol and performed “Video Games” for the umpteenth time on television. Was it her finest performance of the song yet, and has she improved since the great SNL debacle of a few months ago? You be the judge below.
She still seemed a little hesitant at the beginning, but from the second verse, she really turned it on.
Del Rey’s appearance on Idol should be an exhibit in the growing case against how Del Rey was handled. She has charisma and an affinity for the style of music on Born to Die, but it was obvious from Jump Street that she was not ready for prime time.
It still could be a while before she has enough experience under her belt to handle a true headlining set, but there’s a huge difference between this and the SNL performance, or even the performance on Letterman that everybody crowed about.
What do you think? Are you ready to embrace Del Rey again, or did her 15 minutes already expire for you a while back?
Read more on EW.com:
Lana Del Rey drops sexy, cologne-y new video for ‘Blue Jeans': Watch it here
‘American Idol’ recap: Nobody Wins From This Misery
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