The singer revisits the show and redeems her earlier lipsynch meltdown

By Marla Lehner
Updated October 09, 2005 01:00 AM

Ashlee Simpson’s second appearance on Saturday Night Live went markedly better than her first lip-synching debacle on the comedy show.

As intro music began playing for the singer’s first tune of the night, she smiled and playfully and referenced her previous time on the show. “I wrote this song after my last SNL experience,” she said. The song title: “Catch My Fall.”

Simpson then belted out the lyrics, “Who will be the one to save me from myself?” “Who’s going to catch me when I fall?” The only boost seemed to come in the form of a brief echo effect on her vocal in the chorus.

Simpson’s previous appearance on the NBC late-night program turned into a disaster for the singer when, due to a technical glitch, the wrong song started playing making it clear she wasn’t singing on her own. At the time, she did an awkward jig on stage then walked off, forcing the show to go to a commercial.

But having licked her wounds, Jessica Simpson’s little sister bravely faced the music again Saturday, and pulled off both her songs without incident. In fact, the show, guest-hosted by Napoleon Dynamite star Jon Heder, avoided poking fun at the singer’s previous performance.

“I’m excited,” Simpson told PEOPLE last week about her upcoming appearance. “I’ve been waiting to go back.”

Earlier in the week Simpson – who turned 21 last week – told MTV News she saw her second chance on SNL as a way to conquer her fears. “I feel like I became a stronger person and I definitely grew from that situation.”

Her new record, I Am Me, will be released Oct. 18 and contains two songs that relate to the SNL debacle: “Catch Me When I Fall” and “Beautifully Broken.”

“I wouldn’t have some of the songs on my record if it weren’t for learning that it’s okay to fall on your face,” she said. “It’s life to learn how to put yourself back together.”