Fingers Point After Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Eve Show Goes Awry


Everyone agrees that singer Mariah Carey’s glitch-filled New Year’s Eve performance at New York City’s Times Square did not go as planned.

However, that is where the agreement ends, ending in a spat of she said-they-said accusations.

“A shame that production set her up to fail,” Carey spokeswoman Nicole Perna told Billboard magazine.

“As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists,” Dick Clark Productions fired back in a statement, adding that, “To suggest that DCP … would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd.”

Carey herself made one Twitter reference to her performance.

Carey’s three-song set opened with Auld Lang Syne. However, during her hit Emotions, problems began.

We can’t hear,” she said, before telling the audience there had not been a proper sound check before the show.

Then she said, “We’ll just sing,” and said of the song, “It went to No. 1.”

She did not sing what would have come next.

“We’re missing some of these vocals, but it is what it is,” she said. “Let the audience sing.”

Carey later added, “I’m trying to be a good sport here.”

During her final song, We Belong Together, there appeared to be another glitch. Carey stopped singing, but the prerecorded vocals continued.

“It just don’t get any better,” she said, and left the stage.

“She was not ‘winging’ this moment and took it very seriously,” Carey’s spokeswoman said afterward. “A shame that production set her up to fail.”

She said the production crew “told her it would be fine once she was on stage. However, that was not the case and they were again told that her earpiece was not working. Instead of endeavoring to fix the issue so that Mariah could perform, they went live.”

“Any allegations that she planned to lip sync are just adding insult to injury,” Perna added.

Dick Clark Productions said the problems were not their fault.

“In very rare instances there are of course technical errors that can occur with live television, however, an initial investigation has indicated that [Dick Clark Productions] had 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 statement said.

However, Carey’s manager would not buy that story.

“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,” Stella Bulochnikov told Us Weekly Magazine on Sunday, claiming the producers went ahead “to get ratings.”

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