However you feel about Lana Del Rey (and society mandates that you must have an opinion), you’ve got to admit she doesn’t scare easy. After what has been hailed as the most disastrous SNL performance ever (against some major competition), and the general disdain or acclaim of the nation, there’s a good chance she’ll take the stage at tomorrow’s American Idol, facing her largest television audience to date.
The Idol stage is a funny one. On any given night, it’s filled with wannabe pop stars who are showing the country what they don’t have instead of what they do have (according to former judge Simon Cowell, it’s called the X Factor). Then the producers will slot in a performance by a Lady Gaga or Rihanna, to remind the hopefuls of what they are not, and what they likely will never become. But Del Rey is different. With her infamously manufactured persona and sometimes warbly vocals, she resembles, in many ways, an Idol runner-up. Demi Lovato is also slated to appear, which could go either way, but it’s clear that in every facet—judges, contestants, guests—the Idol talent well is starting to run dry.