Mariah Carey's New Years' Eve Performance Destroyed by Technical Glitches

Posted on January 1, 2017

Mariah Carey 2016 Dick Clarke New Year's Rockin' Eve performance

Mariah Carey had the worst New Year's Eve of her life last night. She was the headline act on ABC's Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. She sang "Auld Lang Syne" but couldn't hear the backup vocals. An upset Mariah then tried to perform her #1 hit Emotions, but she couldn't hear the music and had to stop the performance.

She told the sound engineers what the problem was, but incredibly no one fixed the sound. She talked, walked around the stage and tried to keep things going like pro, but it soon became clear that whoever was supposed to be manning the sound booth was either asleep or took that moment to take a quick smoke break.

She told the audience, "We didn't have a [sound] check for this song, so we'll just say it went to No. 1 and that’s what it is, okay?" When the problem still wasn't fixed, she said, "Well, Happy New Year! We can’t hear, but I’ll just get through the moment." At one point she again asked the crew, "Put these monitors on, please!" Although she said please, not one tech person rushed to the stage to help the distressed diva.

Mariah sounded fine -- she could have just sung something a capella, but the crew allowed the backing tracking to play which made that option impossible. This morning Mariah tweeted, "Sh*t happens - Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here's to making more headlines in 2017."



This morning Mariah's rep accused the producers of sabotaging Mariah's performance to get a ratings boost. Mariah rehearsed for three hours that day and there were no sound problems. But the night of the performance her earpiece and the monitor did not work, although she was assured they would if she would go onstage. Well, weirder things have happened in 2016, so there's that. As for those people saying she didn't rehearse, that's nonsense. She's been promoting the performance for days, with photos showing the rehearsals. Mariah has performed live all over the world, and she's a pro. Singing live outdoors is quite difficult when you can't even hear the music. As for her use of backing tracks, every performer uses those these days, especially for outdoor performances. She'll recover. We do hope her reality TV crew was shooting the whole thing.

Photo: ABC/ Lou Rocco

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