Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance brought in the new year in such a disastrous way that the diva is still recuperating from the shock she received when a technical problem during the show exposed her lip-synching. In fact, the “We Belong Together” singer might be still having nightmares because everyone from Stephen Colbert to the San Antonio Spurs’s basketball mascot has been making fun of the popular singer.
It appears that a single gaffe has made Mariah Carey the laughing stock of the media and people around the world. According to the Hollywood Reporter, an inside source revealed that Mariah Carey’s in-ear monitor did not work properly, and she could not keep track of the song that was being played.
Usually, audiences are not able to make out the lip-synching because Mariah Carey sings along with the pre-recorded song and the music. However, the diva says that she did not have sufficient time to rehearse the show, claiming that that was the reason that she could not properly sync with the song that was being played.
The lip-synching became quite apparent when Mariah Carey was performing two of her hit songs: “Emotions” and “We Belong Together.” According to the Telegraph, Mariah Carey urged the audience to continue to sing the song when she failed to keep pace with the recorded vocals.
“We can’t hear. We didn’t have a check for this song… we’re missing some of these vocals, but it is what it is.”
— Jenna Milano (@LoveJennaMilano) January 8, 2017
This is the second time that Mariah Carey has faced criticism for supposedly live performances. Previously, Mariah Carey was criticized for failing to sing in her famous high octave vocal range during a live concert in Tokyo that was a part of her Elusive Chanteuse World Tour. Many Twitter users commended the backstage dancers for carrying on with their show amidst the fiasco. According to News Australia, a Twitter user appreciated the dancers for not losing their composure even after they realized that things weren’t going according to plan.
“Shout out to Mariah Carey’s backup dancers for still dancing/keeping a straight face while all our jaws were on the floor.”
Soon after the New Year’s Eve fiasco the blame game began, and Mariah Carey’s team accused Dick Clark Productions of purposely spoiling her show to generate sensational viral news. Luckily for Mariah Carey and the production team in general, the crowds did not appear to be angry when the singer’s lip-synching was discovered, possibly because they were in a celebratory mood and ready to welcome 2017 in style. Moreover, many of the audience members were Mariah Carey’s hardcore fans who were overjoyed to simply catch a glimpse of the diva. In fact, many of them were thrilled to sing along with the recorded songs that were being played during the show.
— All About Mariah (@AllAboutMariah) January 6, 2017
The “When You Believe” singer’s New Year’s Eve show fiasco might have angered the singer, her management team, and the show’s sponsors, but her diehard fans seemed to be ambivalent to the lip-synching of a talented singer who has given them hits that include “Hero,” “Without You,” “When you Believe,” and “Touch My Body.” Mariah Carey has also delivered songs like “All I want for Christmas is You” that have topped the charts of modern holiday songs.
Ultimately, Mariah Carey’s fans have proven that they will continue to love their favorite singer, and perhaps many of them had already made their peace with the now-well-established fact that the singer lip-syncs many of her live performances.
Stella Bulochnikov, Mariah Carey’s manager, is furious that the media is still talking about the mishap even after the New Year has started. Bulochnikov has remarked that Mariah Carey is ignoring the attention surrounding her show as her management team is aware that the media want to have fun at the singer’s expense.
— Mariah Australia (@MariahCareyAU) January 4, 2017
In fact, the celebrity manager is convinced that the whole fiasco was staged, believing that it was an attempt to capture a viral moment. It is a known fact that many pop stars rely on lip-synching during shows when the focus is more on dance and stage presence. But this is the first time that Mariah Carey has faced an embarrassment of this magnitude due to the onstage technical problem.
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