The teen queen walks off stage on Saturday Night Live after the wrong song plays – with vocals

By Todd Peterson
Updated October 25, 2004 08:00 AM

Ashlee Simpson’s planned performance on Saturday Night Live turned out to be a bit more revealing than the teen pop star would have hoped – as Simpson ended up walking off stage after making a massive lip-syncing blunder.

During her appearance on the NBC show over the weekend, Simpson attempted to perform her second song of the night, “Autobiography,” but engineers accidentally piped in the music (and lead vocals) to her first song, the hit “Pieces of Me.”

Simpson held the microphone at her side as the singing began on “Pieces of Me” – and after attempting a few awkward dance moves, she quickly exited the stage as the vocal recording was shut off and NBC cut away to a commercial.

At the end of the show, SNL guest host Jude Law said, “What can I say? Live TV.” Simpson, standing next to him, blamed the malfunction on her musicians. “My band started playing the wrong song,” the 20-year-old pop star said. “I didn’t know what to do so I thought I’d do a hoe-down.”

A statement issued by Simpson’s company, Geffen Records, claimed there was “a computer glitch,” while a spokesman for the show said that the song that came up was a backing track.

“Backing tracks aren’t exactly rare,” SNL spokesman Marc Liepis told New York’s Daily News. “People use them all the time.”