Friday, March 1, 2024

Mariah Carey New Year’s Rockin’ Nightmare: Caught Lip Synching On Live TV, Music Plays Lips Don’t Move


Mariah Carey had a rockin’ New Years nightmare in Times Square. Unable to hear her vocal track through her listening devices she was revealed lip synching two of her hits. This was live on ABC with the whole watching and waiting for the ball to drop.

Instead, the other shoe dropped, as they say.

Mariah has played fast and loose with lip synching in live shows. But tonight she was seen mouthing words while songs were playing, not opening her mouth, and then just giving up and holding her mic by her side while the songs played.

Nearly all of today’s pop stars perform like this– they have a pre-recorded vocal track playing and then can dip in and sing “live” like karaoke to their own songs. I saw this at the Jingle Ball. It’s reprehensible what’s happened– but audiences now don’t seem to care. It just goes on and on.

But a glitch in the system can cost a star the reveal that they’re just going through the motions. That’s the the case with Mariah, who has not been able to hit the high notes from some time. You can see her sort of unravel while this is going on, too.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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