UPDATE (1/5/2017 at 6:00 p.m. ET):
New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2017 host Ryan Seacrest has finally broken his silence on Mariah Carey’s fiasco of a performance.
Following days of Mimi’s team crying “Sabotage!” the former American Idol star is hitting back.
“I know this team of producers. I’ve known these guys for years. I knew Dick Clark very, very well,” the 42-year-old said on his radio show today, January 5.
“This is a team that wants to do everything they can to accommodate any artist. We are in the business of wanting people to look good and, believe me, tricky things, tough things can happen.”
Although Ryan clearly doesn’t think DCP conspired against Mariah, he’s not totally throwing her under the bus.
“You’ve seen artists before in a concert pull out their earpiece because something happens,” he admits.
“Something could have happened in the ears. I wasn’t in those ears.”
Well, at least Ryan was a lot nicer than Jenny McCarthy about all of this drama.
UPDATE (1/2/2017 at 10:40 a.m. ET):
Mariah Carey is claiming that she didn’t actually mess up during her NYE performance — she was sabotaged.
The singer’s reps told TMZ that her earpiece wasn’t working during the performance; something they had complained about to show producers Dick Clark Productions prior to her taking the stage. They were assured it would work fine when it was supposed to, but it didn’t, resulting in the trainwreck performance.
Credit: Mariah Carey on Instagram
The diva’s reps claim this was all a ploy by the network to create “Mariah drama” for ratings, but Dick Clark Productions is denying the allegation, pointing out that Mariah changed her story after initially claiming the problem was that the wrong song was played. DCP insists they followed the song list provided by the singer.
Original Story (1/1/2017 at 12:15 p.m. ET): One person who’s definitely happy to say goodbye to 2016 is Mariah Carey, after the singer closed out her tumultuous year by giving perhaps the worst performance of her life on live television.
Mariah was tapped as the headliner for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest on ABC, performing for a million revelers in Times Square and countless others watching her live on TV.
And let’s just say all those fans didn’t get the classic Mariah Carey performance they were expecting.
After appearing to (quite poorly) lip sync the classic New Year’s song “Auld Lang Syne,” the diva’s hit “Emotions” began to play — but Mariah wasn’t having it.
The Mariah’s World star refused to sing the song, claiming that a sound check had not been performed for it and that she was unprepared. Instead, she asked to audience to sing for her instead. Ouch.
After the disastrous performance, the legendary songstress took to Instagram to try and save face, and appeared to be a good sport about the incident.
“S—t happens,” she captioned a gif of herself shrugging. “Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here’s to making more headlines in 2017.”
What do you think of Mariah’s final performance of 2016?
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