Mariah Carey was EASILY the most memorable act on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” this year.
If you didn’t see it, there were some technical difficulties, and rather than perform though it, Mariah just awkwardly walked around onstage, talking to the crowd while her songs played in the background.
During her first song, she complained about not being able to hear her backing track, and at one point she said, quote, “We didn’t have a soundcheck, but it’s New Year’s baby. That’s okay.”
She started fake-singing the second song, but then abruptly stopped . . . revealing that she’d been lip-synching. But that wasn’t surprising, since she TOLD the crowd ahead of time that she’d give it a go because the backing track was the full album version.
Afterward, her rep said Mariah told the producers ahead of time that her in-ear monitors weren’t working, but they didn’t do anything about it. The rep also accused them of “[setting] her up to fail” for ratings during the later West Coast feed.
Mariah’s people tried to get the producers to cut the performance from the West Coast broadcast . . . but they got shot down. ABC refused.
Her manager said, quote, “[An exec] said he couldn’t do that. I asked him why would they want to run a performance with mechanical glitches, unless they just want eyeballs at any expense. It’s not artist friendly.”
But the producers said they had “no involvement” in the situation, and that allegations that they’d intentionally sabotaged her performance were, quote, “defamatory, outrageous, and frankly absurd.”
There’s talk that Mariah was the one that refused to do a soundcheck, but her manager says she was planning to do one, and was there in plenty of time.
On Sunday, Mariah Tweeted, quote, “[Stuff] happens. Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here’s to making more headlines in 2017.”
One last note, Mariah’s people say the producers were BEGGING her to do the show. Quote, “She was doing them a favor. [The producer’s] direct request was, ‘I’m begging you to do this. America needs this moment after Donald Trump, et cetera.’ What a bunch of nonsense.”