October 24, 2004
Ashlee Simpson has a Milli Vanilli moment on SNL
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You knew it was going to happen sometime, to somebody.
Ashlee Simpson performed -- or simulated a performance -- on Saturday Night Live last night. But as she began her second song, it was immediately clear something was wrong: a taped soundtrack was playing the same song ("Pieces of Me") she performed earlier in the evening -- along with her taped voice. All was revealed. She started to dance awkwardly, then got confused, then tried dancing again, then shuffled off stage.
SNL cut to a still photo of Jude Law, and then to a commercial. When they came back, they showed a video short ("Bear City"), followed by a skit, followed by another video short, and then the show ended. Ashlee stood next to Jude at the end, and apologized, saying, "My band started playing the wrong song, and I didn't know what to do, so I thought I'd do a hoe-down." Ohhhh, so that's what happened! I'm sorry...I thought what happened is that your career evaporated while millions of people looked on, bemused. My mistake.
When she was "peforming" earlier on the show, it was clear that she was lip-synching, something that SNL used to never allow, but now, in this age of arguably-hot-girls-who-can't-sing-for-shit, Lorne M. seems to have given in (I think Britney and Janet have both lip-synched on the show), and now it's bitten him in the ass.
About a minute into her aborted perfomance, the band members were still on stage, gamely strumming and banging away on their instruments, looking at each other with expressions that clearly said, "Welp, this is what happens when you sell out."
Predictably, the forums on her official website [backup copy] are buzzing with people ridiculing her. Some dissect the clip and say the band was trying to save her, but then she went and blamed them anyway. And of course, there's the (supposed) interview from Lucky magazine in which she disparages lip-synching and says she wants her natural talent to shine through. What natural talent is that? The one for hoe-downs?
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