Is Mariah Carey a horrible performer? Or were sound problems really to blame for her terrible performance on New Year's Eve? That's what Carey, Dick Clark Productions and countless fans are debating in the wake of an epic fail.
Carey’s spokeswoman claims technical issues caused the problems with Carey’s NYE performance. “Unfortunately there was nothing she could do to continue with the performance given the circumstances,” she said. Carey’s team accused Dick Clark Productions of setting Carey up to fail and said her earpieces weren’t working. They even accused them of sabotage. They didn’t want to air the performance on the West Coast, but it was aired anyway.
But Dick Clark Productions denied the claims. “To suggest that [Dick Clark Productions] … would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd,” they said. “In very rare instances, there are, of course, technical errors that can occur with live television, however, an initial investigation has indicated that DCP had no involvement and challenges associated with Ms. Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance.”
Carey’s NYE performance was absolutely terrible. She was the last performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. She started with “Auld Lang Syne,” but she couldn’t hear her backup vocals. And things went downhill from there.
Carey went on to “Emotions,” but she hardly sang and told the audience, “We didn’t have a [sound] check for this song, so we’ll just say it went to No. 1 and that’s what it is, okay? Well, Happy New Year! We can’t hear, but I’ll just get through the moment.”
Throughout the performance, Carey walked around the stage and pointed at her earpiece. “Put these monitors on, please,” she said. She continued dancing “just for laughs” and had the audience sing. And she kept coming up with excuses saying, they were “missing some of this vocal,” and that she was “trying to be a good sport here.” Things didn’t get any better with “We Belong Together.” She just mouthed the words.
Following the horrible performance, Carey took to Twitter to say, “sh-t happens. Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here’s to making more headlines in 2017.”
Technical issues or not, fans say better performers would have handled the situation better. Carey handled it poorly by mouthing the words and complaining to the audience. And this isn’t the first time she’s had problems. Carey missed some notes during her 2014 Christmas in Rockefeller Center performance, for example. She was supposed to pre-tape the performance, but showed up late, so she had to sing live and botched it.
Check out some Twitter reactions here:
Russians sabotage Mariah Carey's New Year's Eve performance. A furious Obama deports Russian choreographer
â€” THIS JUST IN... (@weknowwhatsbest) January 1, 2017
ISIS has claimed responsibility for Mariah Carey's New Year's Eve performance.
â€” Fake KDKA News (@Fake_KDKA) January 1, 2017
â€” marykellogg (@themarylbishop) January 1, 2017
There was a ball this NYE and it was dropped by Mariah Carey
â€” Olivia Caridi (@OliviaCaridi) January 1, 2017
Even Milli Vanilli is embarrassed by Mariah Carey's debacle. pic.twitter.com/8179cHu7jA
â€” Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) January 1, 2017
With 15 minutes remaining, 2016 claimed its final victim: Mariah Carey's career
â€” Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips) January 1, 2017
Mariah Carey lost her lip sync battle.
â€” Matthew Kick (@MatthewKick) January 1, 2017
Maybe Mariah Carey didn't give the performance that 2016 wanted, but she gave the performance 2016 deserved.
â€” derrick longoria (@StoneColdDeluxe) January 1, 2017
i don't think i've seen anyone ever give less fucks than mariah carey lip syncing on tv tonight and it makes me like her more.
â€” el-p (@therealelp) January 1, 2017
#MariahCarey doing a Second City improv workshop on live TV is giving me life right now.
â€” Josh Gad (@joshgad) January 1, 2017
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