If you were performing live in the middle of Times Square on a national program, with millions of people watching, would you demand hot tea in the middle of your set? Well, Mariah Carey would. After her disaster performance last year, she has returned to redeem herself. She also couldn’t help herself, asking about where the hot tea she was promised was … In the middle of her performance, just before her second song, she told the audience, “They said there was supposed to be hot tea up here. Oh, well. I guess I’ll rough it.” Later on, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2018 host Ryan Seacrest joked that he had some hot tea for her.
Last year, Mariah Carey’s highly anticipated performance at Times Square was a major disaster when she performed on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve just before the ball dropped. Carey’s 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.” In addition to Carey’s statements on social media, the NY Times then reported that Carey’s manager blamed producers for the performance mishap and claimed “sabotage.” Carey’s manager at the time, 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.” Bulochnikov and Carey no longer work together.
Also in New Year’s Eve news, Maria Menounos married her boyfriend Keven Undergaro on the FOX NYE special just before midnight. In tow were each of their parents and host Steve Harvey officiated the ceremony. The couple have been together for 20 years and over the summer dealt with Menounos’ life-altering surgery to remove a golf-sized brain tumor. Fortunately, the tumor was benign.