By now, many people have seen that cringe-inducing performance by diva Mariah Carey no less. If you haven’t seen it yet, just picture her being onstage very aware that she must lip sync to a song and yet utterly failing at it.
At one point during the performance, she even said “feathers” when her backup dancers paraded a feathery backdrop as she was supposed to sing along. To top it off, she even said “and… end!” and walked away from the stage. After that painful performance, many of her fans — including herself, had to endure.
Nevertheless, the recent event became the talk of the internet. Marring the singer’s career with people saying how it was “the end of an era” and even likened her recent slip-up to 2016 with a flurry of unavoidable and ugly things happening, but having to troop on either way. Despite the mixed reactions, the 46-year-old songstress claims that she was actually “sabotaged” for the sake of ratings and earnings. Is there any truth to that claim, if at all? Read on to know more to find out what #TeamMariah vs what the producers said about the event.
Mariah Carey and her team says they were ‘set up to fail’
In a report published on music website Billboard, Carey’s “troubled” performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest made many people ask what just happened. Carey’s three-song set had so much potential as she first sang Auld Lang Syne. However, things took a different turn as she performed Emotion and We Belong Together. The singer reportedly claimed that she could not hear through her monitors even after a series of “serious” rehearsals as early as 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve with “no sound issues.”
Carey’s rep Nicole Perna told the publication how Carey was not just “winging” the moment, rather, took it very seriously. “A shame that production set her up to fail,” she said. After Carey performed her first song, Perna said that the singer even alerted the production team and the stage managers that her ear piece wasn’t working. However, they falsely reassured the singer that “it would be fine” once she went live on stage.
“However, that was not the case and they were again told that her ear piece was not working. Instead of endeavoring to fix the issue so that Mariah could perform, they went live,” Perna revealed.
Despite the technical slip-up, Carey still continued her performance. As for singing to a track, Perna said how it is actually common for artists to sing [to a track] during certain live performances. However, “any allegation that Carey actually planned to lip sync are just adding insult to injury.”
— billboard (@billboard) January 2, 2017
Production team denies sabotaging Mariah Carey’s performance
However, a report from TV Line revealed that a production insider told the publication that Carey “skimped on rehearsal time.” Moreover, Carey allegedly sent a “body double” to the Saturday run through and claimed that “all was working” on the technical side. Meanwhile, Dick Clark Productions issued a statement saying how they “would never intentionally compromise the success of any artist.”
The production team slammed the allegations saying how these practices are “defamatory, outrageous, and frankly, absurd.” Further, Dick Clark Productions acknowledged that while technical glitches can occasionally happen during a live performance, producers “had no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms. Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance.”
Check out a clip of the performance below, and share your thoughts.
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