Mariah Carey is still a pop superstar, OK dahlings?!
While you were
getting drunk and blacking out ringing in the New Year 2017, pop queen Mariah Carey was giving us the reason why we were all so desperate to say bye to a morbid 2016. Performing for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, she faced a nightmare that no pop star ever wants to go through – being caught lip-syncing on live television. Those cringe-worthy moments were seen all around the world, and can only be tagged as an “epic fail”.
The singer and Mariah’s World star later tweeted out a casual response to the fiasco –
Now, her manager, Stella Bulochnikov, has issued a statement to Billboard and is trying to carry this debacle into 2017. Basically what happened at the performance, was that Mariah was all-in with her medley of her hits, Emotions – We Belong Together when she complained she could no longer hear through her in-ear monitor. Read the whole official statement below and let’s just say that the Obsessed singer looks like she wants to justify her epic fail, instead of just taking a seat.
“We told them [the stage managers] that the in-ears were not working 10 minutes before the performance. They then changed the battery pack, and they were still not working on the frequency four minutes before the show. We let them know again, and they just kept counting her down and reassuring her that they will work as soon as they go live, which never happened – at which point she pulled them out but could not hear the music over the crowd.
After the show, I called [Dick Clark Productions] Mark Shimmel and I said, ‘What the f*ck happened?’ He said, ‘Let me call you back,’ then called me back and confirmed the in-ears were not working and asked if I would make a joint statement. I said, ‘No way’. I asked him to cut the West Coast feed. He said he could not do that. I asked him why would they want to run a performance with mechanical glitches unless they want eyeballs at any expense…It’s not artist friendly, especially when the artist cut her vacation short as a New Year’s Eve gift to them.”
A production source for Dick Clark Productions said that Mariah “had ample time to rehearse and chose not to” and used a body double in her place during rehearsals, and at the time, “all was working” on the technical side.
Dick Clark Productions also provided their response to the diva’s performance, stating –
“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 never intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd. In very rare instances there are of course technical errors that can occur with live television, however, an initial investigation has indicated that dcp has no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms. Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance. We want to be clear that we have the utmost respect for Ms. Carey as an artist and acknowledge her tremendous accomplishments in the industry.”
The fact is that trying to undo a technical issue during a live performance is extremely difficult, especially when there was no backup footage for Dick Clark Productions to manoeuvre while the tech team gets everything back up and running, especially since Mariah was 2 minutes into the 6 minute performance. With each camp pointing fingers, fans just want the dust to settle, and for everyone involved to have a good New Year and look forward to a better 2017. Don’t you think so, too?