Stars defend Idina Menzel’s off-note
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Stars defend Idina Menzel’s off-note

Idina Menzel is being fiercely supported by her peers.

The 43-year-old songstress was heavily criticized for her New Year’s Eve performance of Let It Go after she failed to hit a high note.

But fellow musicians such as Megan Hilty and Billy Gilman are standing up for their colleague.

The Frozen singer was one of the stars scheduled to perform in Times Square, New York City. She took the outdoor stage in icy conditions whilst apparently sick, and Megan thinks people should leave her alone.

“I’m really disappointed & frankly pissed off at the s**tty comments made by people in our industry over Miss Menzels NYE performance and how she chose to gracefully deal with such unwarranted backlash by people who have considerably less than 75% of her talent or success,” the 33-year-old Wicked star wrote on Twitter on Friday, adding: “the best dancers fall and the best singers crack. At least they’re doing it LIVE. (sic)”

Billy, who made his own headlines in November by bravely announcing he was gay, was also on Idina’s side. Taking to his own social networking site, he called her critics “ridiculous”.

“Why knock @idinamenzel on her ONE bad note? Try singing what she does repeatedly. People are ridiculous. Bravo Idina. #class,” the country music star wrote.

Idina took the criticism gracefully herself, too. On New Year’s Day, she shared her own response to haters via a Twitter post.

“This is something I said in an interview a few months ago,” she wrote, with an image of the following quote: “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 the 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.”

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