Idina Menzel Defends New Year’s Eve Performance of “Let It Go” After Viewers Blast Her for Missing High Note

Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel took to Twitter to defend her imperfect performance of "Let It Go" during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest Mike Coppola/DCNYRE2015/Getty Images for dcp

The critics never bothered her anyway. Idina Menzel is sending a strong message to her haters following her performance of "Let It Go" during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest on Dec. 31.

Viewers took the Frozen star to task for her rendition of the smash hit song, tweeting that she'd botched the high note. Some joked that her "evil twin," Adele Dazeem — the name John Travolta called her at the 2014 Oscars — had taken her place on stage. 

In response, the Broadway vet tweeted a picture of a quote she'd given to Southwest: The Magazine about how she defines success. "This is something I said in an interview a few months ago," she wrote beside the photo. 

The quote addressed Menzel's experience of performing eight shows a week in musicals including Rent, Wicked, and, most recently, If/Then. "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," it read.

"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," the Tony winner, 43, told Southwest.

"I am more than the notes I hit," she continued, "and that's how I try to approach my life. You can't get it 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 having the courage to try to overcome them."

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