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Was Mariah Carey’s disasterous NYE performance sabotaged for good TV ratings?

The fact that we can even have this debate is so indicative of where we are as a culture — have television producers sunk even lower by intentionally messing with Mimi’s performance setup, thereby ensuring the ratings gold mine of a star falling, once again, from her perch in the heavens?

That’s certainly the story Mariah Carey’s camp is going with, after her performance on “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” left something large to the imagination (like singing). Her mic pac seemed to be of no use as background tracks for hits like “Emotions” and “We Belong Together” attempted to guide the stream, and yet the camera just stayed plastered on the singer, waiting for her to act.

Related: WATCH: Mariah Carey gives Meryl Streep a run for her money in “Keys of Christmas”

Ms. Carey’s manager, Stella Bulochnikov, believes the show’s producers were fully aware of the technical problems but chose to leave them broken — and then decided to continue recording Ms. Carey’s messy performance “to get ratings.”

“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,” Ms. Bulochnikov told Us Weekly on Sunday. “I’m certainly not calling the F.B.I. to investigate. It is what it is: New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Mariah did them a favor. She was the biggest star there, and they did not have their” act together.

Dick Clark Productions, of course, clapped back that any such accusations are “defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd.”

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14 Comments

  • Xzamilloh

    How could that improve ratings? Do they mean delayed viewings? Because unless people were already aware of what was going to happen, people only would have been tuning in to see Mariah Carey perform, not the fabulously hot mess that transpired before the eyes of live viewers (not me… moscato and homework was my New Years)

  • RIGay

    Ratings? As in actually having to watch something?

    At 11:58, we turned on the TV and tuned in Kathy and Anderson. Poured some champagne. Watched the ball drop. Kissed. Downed the champagne. 12:02, TV and lights were turned off and we were in bed and asleep.

    As for the rest… eh?

    I caught a few moments of the Seth Meyers in the 10PM hour. He was a blathering sycophant fawning and welcoming Arnold as the new host of “The Apprentice”… still executive produced by Donald Trump. I felt the bile rise in my throat, so I switched back over to “That’s Entertainment III” on TCM.

    I feel 2017 will be the year of new heights in binge watching things other than cable or broadcast TV.

  • Heywood Jablowme

    Mariah the Pariah?

  • Bob LaBlah

    Why do they keep using this woman for holiday entertainment? Just the other year she was performing at The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Show and there too a mishap happened. She just doesn’t get her, the holidays and performing are not made for each other.

  • JW

    Honestly…I don’t understand what’s the big deal is with this because we all know that Mariah can sing. This is without a doubt. She has proven this throughout the years and this is why she is still relevant. You can not be in the music industry or even in the theater circuit without having an unfortunate situation such as this one. With that being said…I don’t understand why she is getting harsh backlash. What I will say is that if I was her…I would have just explained to the audience what was happening with her earphone and sound and ask them would they sing a long with her acapella and move on. I think if she had chosen this approach that it would have had a better outcome.

  • Brian

    Mariah Carey is looking more and more like a bloated exhibitionist these days. Put her out to pasture. Check her into a clinic. Anything but a public stage.

  • MikeM

    I never understood the fascination. Squeaking doesn’t count for an octave range.

  • Jack Meoff

    She was always over rated and is now just an over glorified princess past her use by date and resorting to reality TV to keep her career going.

  • Sluggo2007

    Her time has come and gone and she needs to let go. She is worth many, many millions. Also, she needs to stop dressing like a streetwalker. She’s a bit long in the tooth for that, not to mention a bit plump. In that outfit she wore, I kept waiting to see if udders would fall out.

  • Masc Pride

    I actually feel kinda bad for her. This is more proof of how we as a society get some type of twisted kick out of watching people fail. She’s not the first person to lip a live broadcast event. It was clearly her voice on the track, so this really isn’t the “Milli Vanilli” moment people want it to be. She obviously couldn’t hear herself when she tried to sing. Why that would happen at such a big event is anyone’s guess.

  • AmishHomo

    Mariah Carey turned out to be free publicity for the “Dick Clark wanna be”. On his morning gabfest (which I never listen to shoutout to TeamGriffin) RS apparently was explaining it all away in some blah blah blah. She should pretend to be nice and go on his morning show and then rip him a new one.

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