Mariah Carey’s highly anticipated performance at Times Square was a major disaster tonight as she performed on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve just before the ball dropped. At first, it appeared that the music was off and clearly she was supposed to be lip synching. Soon into the song, Mariah Carey almost seemed to go on strike, saying she couldn’t hear. Her dancers continued to carry on with their performances while she walked around on stage, only slightly going through the motions. Carey then said that she was just going to let the crowd sing instead as she tried to explain that the vocal track was missing and she couldn’t hear.
A source told The Hollywood Reporter that:
The singer had suffered from a tight and difficult rehearsal schedule earlier in the night was unable to hear through her in-ear monitor … She didn’t have the kind of time that she usually gets for her “Mariah-ness.’
The music continued to play, with certain parts featuring pre-recorded vocals of hers. Carey clearly gave up on the performance early on and, when the song ended, there was still one more to be performed.
The last song went slightly better, but Carey clearly was not pleased, saying, “I’m trying to be a good sport here.”
Once the songs ended, Carey left the stage, with one last statement, which seemed sarcastic in saying, “Guess it doesn’t get better than this.”
After the very rocky performance, show host Ryan Seacrest stated with little enthusiasm that, “No matter what Mariah does, the crowd loves it.”
We’re guessing that Mariah Carey may not return to Times Square on New Year’s Eve for a while. Her response to her disaster moment on stage was in a tweet posted later on, saying:
Shit happens. Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here’s to making more headlines in 2017.
Check out the tweet below.
In addition to Carey’s statements on social media, the NY Times has reported that Carey’s manager has blamed producers for the performance mishap and claims “sabotage.” Carey’s manager Stella Bulochnikov told Us Weekly:
I will never know the truth, but I do know that we told them three times that her mike pack was not working and it was a disastrous production. I’m certainly not calling the F.B.I. to investigate. It is what it is: New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Mariah did them a favor. She was the biggest star there, and they did not have their” act together.
In response to the claims, Robert Goldstein of Maryland Sound International stated:
Every monitor and in-ear device worked perfectly. I can’t comment beyond that and don’t know what her nontechnical issue may have been.
In addition, Dick Clark Productions released this statement:
As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists. To suggest that DCP, as producer of music shows including the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and Academy of Country Music Awards, would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd.
After Mariah Carey’s cringe-worthy performance, Twitter was flooded with comments about the “diva moment” and “epic fail.” Read some of the tweets below.