Idina Menzel on Criticism of ‘Let It Go’ NYE Performance: ‘I’m More Than the Notes I Hit’

“You can’t get it all right all the time, but 
you can try your best,” writes the Oscar-winning singer

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Idina Menzel‘s New Year’s Eve performance of “Let It Go” went viral after she flubbed one of the song’s final moments during ABC’s live broadcast. But instead of apologizing for missing a note in the famous “Frozen” song, the Oscar winner took to Twitter and mounted her own defense.

She posted a picture of one of her own quotes: “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.

“I am more than the notes I hit, and that’s how I try to approach my life,” she continued. “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.”

Menzel has a Broadway pedigree and is no stranger to performing live and under intense pressure, but armchair critics slammed her on Twitter following her Thursday night performance on “Dick Clark‘s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”

Watch the video of the final high note she missed, which went viral on the internet, below.

In addition to winning an Oscar and earning a Grammy nomination for “Let It Go,” Menzel nabbed a Tony Award in 2004 for her performance as Elphaba in “Wicked.” She made her Broadway return in “If/Then,” a 2014 musical which earned her another Tony nomination.

Here’s her tweet:

Menzel also recently finalized her divorce with actor Taye Diggs, according to reports on Saturday. The couple met while costarring in “Rent” and were married in 2003. They announced their separation in December 2013, but it wasn’t finalized until Dec. 3, 2014.