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Mariah Carey's team claims New Year's Eve performance was sabotaged

"They should have cut to commercial. That says to me they wanted a viral moment at any expense," Mariah's manager says

By Andrea Tim | Published: 3 Jan 2017

Mariah's NYE
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Mariah Carey has had quite the start to her 2017. Following a technical-glitch-plagued performance at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest that had her standing confused onstage, unable to sing to her tracks amid the chaos at Times Square, Mariah was accused of skipping the pre-show rehearsal and lip-syncing. She's shrugged it off on Twitter, but now her management team is blaming Dick Clark Productions for the glitches.

The production company released a statement, calling the accusations "absurd", adding that "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."

Mariah's manager Stella Bulochnikov cleared up what happened with Entertainment Weekly, first emphasising that the singer did not skip the rehearsal before going into the problems with her mic pack, which started early in the evening. Even after swapping mic packs and changing batteries, Mariah ended up going onstage with dead earpieces. According to her team, the show's producers also refused to cut to commercial or to the West Coast feed during the incident.

Stella revealed a conversation she had with producer Mark Shimmel after the show: "He said, 'I just talked to my guys and I confirmed her in-ears didn't work. Couldn't [Mariah] just wing it?' I'm like, 'What are you talking about winging it? Are you on glue?' He's like, 'What do you want me to do?' I said, 'I want you to cut the West Coast feed.' He calls me back and says, 'We can't do it.' So I'm like, 'You would prefer to air a show with technical glitches so you can have a viral moment rather than protect the integrity of your show and Dick Clark Productions?'"

After three awkward songs, Mariah walked offstage, muttering "It just don't get any better."

"But even when it didn't work [when live], when she pulled her ears out, they should have cut to commercial," Stella added. "That says to me they wanted a viral moment at any expense."

And for the record, Mariah wasn't lip-syncing – or at least she wasn't intending to.

"No. It's not lip-syncing," Stella asserted. "Every artist sings to a track, especially in circumstances like that when it's really loud and impossible to have a great musical performance. You're not singing at the Philharmonic. Every artist who goes out there sings to tracks. What Mariah was doing was singing to tracks. What you heard on the second song, Emotions, was her going to sing it live. That's why you heard no vocals. It's a song she sings every other day."

In other news, the new year has proved to be no less petty than the last.

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