Mariah Carey NYE Performance Sabotage Claims: The Truth Is Elusive

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Mariah Carey recently defended her failed New Year’s Eve performance, where many people accused her of trying to lip sync, as a clear sabotage by the production company, Dick Clark Productions.

The company now blasted the accusations as defamatory, while Carey’s manager gave a rundown of what truly transpired. Did a sabotage really happen?

Mariah Carey’s spokeswoman Nicole Perna reportedly told Billboard magazine on Sunday that the singer’s performance problems on Saturday’s ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ telecast on ABC was not the singer’s fault.

Mariah Carey: Dick Clark Productions accused of setting her up to fail

Instead, it was the producers who “set her up to fail.” Perna explained that Carey already voiced complaints over her earpiece before going live but nothing was done. Because she cannot hear the music, she cannot complete the three songs already planned for the telecast.

Disappointed fans speculated that Carey intended to lip sync the performance, to which Perna cried foul. The spokeswoman said this was “adding insult to injury.”

Dick Clark Productions, however, refuses to be a sitting duck for the failed show. On late Sunday, the productions company issued a long statement over the matter, defending themselves and rejecting Carey’s claims. The company also called the accusations “defamatory, outrageous, and frankly absurd.”

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Mariah Carey: Dick Clark Productions reject accusations

“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 ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist” feels like an outright lie for the production company, the statement claimed.

The statement clarified what happened can almost always occur during live television, but to blame the company is not right. ““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,” the statement said.

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Mariah Carey Manager gives sequence of events on performance

A more recent interview conducted by Entertainment Weekly with Carey’s manager Stella Bulochnikov however, somehow shed more light to the debacle.

Bulochnikov claimed that malicious reports claiming Carey did not rehearse are not true. She said that not only did Carey poured her heart out on the rehearsal, they even went to the event at 2:30 early. However, at the time, they were already noticing some problems with the sounds.

“She sat on the side of the stage with her ear-pack and her in-ears and her microphone to make sure she could do the sound check. The most important thing to her was the sound. The sound was coming in choppy,” she said.

Bulochnikov shared and claimed Carey received assurance that the sounds will be alright come performance time. However, it did not work, even when she was already doing an interview with Ryan Seacrest, her in-ear remains choppy.

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Mariah Carey cannot hear her music

The manager claimed that the problem with the ear piece continued up to the time she went live. “She can’t hear anything. The ears are dead. They’re dead. So she pulls them out of the ear because if the artist keeps them in their ears then all she hears is silence,” she said.

Carey at this point was hoping she can at least hear her music now without what was in her ear but because Times Square noise was overwhelming, she still could not. “It’s a madhouse. At the point, there’s no way to recover,” the manager explained.

If the manager’s account is true, then Carey can certainly not be blamed for the failed performance, but attribute it to technical issues. However, Dick Clark Productions can very well be clear of sabotage accusations that Carey threw at them either.