Most people know Idina Menzel as the queen of the high note. But even the powerful voice behind Elsa's (Frozen) "Let It Go" and Elphaba's (Wicked) "Defying Gravity" has her off days. During her much anticipated "Let It Go" performance on the annual Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve with Ryan Seacrest, Menzel had more than a little bit of trouble hitting Elsa's now famous high note near the end of "Let It Go."
Now, although that moment might have been pretty painful to watch and hear, let's keep in mind that poor Idina was performing in freezing cold temperatures while bundled up in a constricting outfit, all while performing in front of a live audience of thousands and an international television audience of millions. Now, I'd love to see some her haters try to perfectly perform something as vocally intense as "Let It Go" under those conditions!
Check out her performance below!
Alas, critics apparently could care less about the less than ideal factors the actress/singer had to deal with. Many have torn her down by accusing her of totally butchering the performance. Some have even joked that the Tony award winning performer's evil twin "Adele Dazeem," the name John Travolta accidentally but infamously called her at the 2014 Oscars, sang that night instead.
However, despite all the ridicule, Idina Menzel, being the awesome and confident gal she is, decided to pipe up against the critics by taking to Twitter. She did not directly address the criticism and instead stated that "this is something I said in an interview a few months ago."
The following quote comes from an interview Menzel recently had with Southwest Airlines magazine:
How do you define success? 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 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.
Well said, Idina! Well said...
P.S. Just to prove how awesome Idina Menzel is, did anyone else notice in the video that there were a gagillion posters of Idina's face promoting her current Broadway show If/Then?? Take that haters!