Taylor Swift’s performance on Saturday Night Live of a song about Jake Gyllenhaal that lasted little over 10 minutes split people.
Swift is known for songs about broken hearts, star-crossed lovers, and realizing that she knew a man was trouble before he ever walked in. While her performance took on the same tone, the enormous duration of it left fans of Saturday Night Live (SNL) speechless.
Swift sang a cover of All Too Well and revealed details about her relationship with Nightcrawler actor Jake Gyllenhaal, and she didn’t hold back.
Swift was joined by Pete Davidson in a comedy performance in addition to singing the song from her 2012 album, Red, which she re-recorded and re-released, according to the Daily Mail.
Her solo performance, however, stole the night, and while it was dubbed a “highlight,” SNL joked about the recital’s duration.
Despite the fact that SNL has been running for 46 years, Swift’s performance may have just surpassed the record for the longest act to ever perform.
After a performance that lasted 11 minutes, it’s no surprise she wasn’t asked to return for an encore.
Swift’s singing about her old romance was supported by Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink in the background, from Gyllenhaal skipping Swift’s 21st birthday to their nine-year age gap. Swift recently written and directed a short film called All To Well, in which the two star.
Fans, however, were divided not only over the performance’s length, but also over the sound quality. ‘All Too Well was all too long, all too repetitive, all too off key,’ one critic observed. The sound is quite amateurish.’
‘The poor soul in the coffee shop better get her order right,’ said a third. If it doesn’t happen, I’ll write a 10-minute song about it.’
Swift has never stated that the song is about Gyllenhaal, however the music was released in early 2011 after the two were rumored to be dating in December 2010.