Thursday, July 18, 2024

Who Sabotaged Mariah Carey’s NYEve Performance? She Did: She Could Have Just Sung Instead of Lip Synching.


Mariah Carey says Dick Clark Productions sabotaged her on Saturday night. That’s reason, she claims, her performance was a mess.

But Mariah sabotaged herself. She didn’t rehearse or go to sound check. And when the sound went out in her ears, she didn’t just sing the song or the songs. She says the words disappeared from the prompter- but doesn’t she know these songs by heart already? They are twenty years old or more!

And what about just singing? The problem with all these performers, but Mariah more than ever, is that they’re on remote control. Improvising? Not on your life. Everything has to sound just as it was recorded, or else.

Mariah is really out of it if she thinks Dick Clark Productions wanted things to go wrong in order to get ratings. Dick Clark (the real Dick Clark) was the first to get pop stars to lip synch on “American Bandstand.” He wanted everything to go right. No one invites failure.

But back in the time of “American Bandstand” if something went wrong, the artist could jump in save themselves. Their careers depended on it. Mariah’s reaction? “Shit happens.” If she doesn’t care, why should the fans?

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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