Mariah Carey: They Wanted to Humiliate Me on New Year’s Eve…

Mariah Carey after a disastrous showing on New Year's Eve.
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Mariah Carey after a disastrous showing on New Year's Eve.
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Mariah Carey after her disastrous showing on New Year’s Eve.

Mariah Carey now says that Dick Clark Productions deliberately sabotaged her New Year’s Eve performance for ratings.  “They foiled me,” the singer blasted in a recorded statement.

It was the most disastrous performance of Mariah Carey’s career.  Now, the singer says she was deliberately sabotaged by Dick Clark Productions and ABC, all in the name of ratings.  That’s the most forceful accusation against the network yet, and could lead to serious legal action ahead.

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For those just catching up, the Carey ‘performance’ was actually a complete and total meltdown.  The singer barely sang a lyric across two hits, unable to catch up or find her place.  In the process, Carey was blatantly exposed for lip-synching, with major questions surfacing about her vocal abilities.

The rest was history, with the clip going viral early New Year’s Day.

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Now, Carey is taking the offensive against ABC and its production arm, Dick Clark Productions.  The singer posted the statement earlier today (Sunday), a follow-up to similar accusations from her manager.  In it, Mariah Carey squarely states that she was placed into an compromising position, on purpose, and publicly humiliated.  “It’s a shame we were put into the hands of a production team that chose to capitalize on circumstances beyond our control,” the singer alleged.

“Listen guys, they foiled me.  Thus, it turned into an opportunity to humiliate me and all those who were excited to ring in the New Year with me.”

Earlier, Dick Clark Productions and ABC denied any wrongdoing, while strongly suggesting that Carey botched the performance.  They also labeled the accusations as defamatory, which suggests legal action ahead.

In the statement, Carey also indicated that she would be taking a break from social media.  But several hours later, she posted a new message, suggesting that her tweets are also ‘lip-synched’ by staff.

Here’s the full statement:

And, here’s the full transcript of the statement:

“I haven’t really addressed the situation that happened on New Year’s Eve.  And in time, I will.  But for now, I want everyone to know that I came to New Year’s Eve in New York in great spirits, and was looking forward to a celebratory moment with the world.  

It’s a shame that we were put into the hands of a production team with technical issues who chose to capitalize on circumstances beyond our control.  It’s not practical for a singer to sing live and be able to hear themselves properly in the middle of Times Square, with all the noise, the freezing cold, the smoke from the smoke machines, thousands of people celebrating.  Especially when their ear monitors were not working at all. 

Listen guys, they foiled me.  Thus, it turned into an opportunity to humiliate me and all those who were excited to ring in the New Year with me.   

Eventually, I will explain this in greater detail for anyone who cares to hear.  I cannot deny that my feelings are hurt, but I’m more concerned and truly grateful for my fans and my true friends who have been so supportive in this time.  I’m going to take a break from media moments, social media moments.  Although, I am going to fulfill my professional obligations, this is an important time for me to finally take a moment for myself.  And to be with my loved ones, and prepare for my upcoming tour in March.

I just want to thank everyone for their support. Thank you to all of my industry friends.  And thank you to my fans, who are always there for me and will always be a part of me.  I can’t wait to sing for you again.”


5 Responses

  1. Music Specialist

    What happened that ABC would want to deliberately hurt Mariah Carey? Who was pissed off and why were they pissed off?

    After years of working within the entertainment industry I know that if one of the major producers of an event has been either dismissed or treated badly by the artist or members of the artist entourage, then they will retaliate.

  2. Anonymous

    The tech people screwed up, but I highly doubt it was deliberate. I’m concerned that if she continues to make an issue out of this, it will keep the event on people’s minds, and could potentially make her look bad, which could end up causing more damage for her than the event itself. There’s no shame in lip-syncing the high notes when you’re in the freezing cold in Times Square on New Years Eve. Her fans will forgive her for that. Now, if DCP starts some sort of legal action, she should fight like hell. Otherwise, it’s probably best to move on.

  3. Lou

    She sabotaged herself by not singing live. Lip syncing is not music, it is a dance show. Just because Madonna got away with it doesn’t mean it is okay. I have zero respect for lip syncing performers.

  4. Antinet

    What was off, her teleprompter? Or maybe her monitor so she could hear the music?From what I could hear, the backing tracks were there to assist her through some of the high passages, and she was supposed to fill in the stuff that was easy to hit in range.

    To me, it’s more a matter of her NOT being lip-synched the whole time, or more just that she didn’t know her own songs well enough to sing them, probably because she didn’t rehearse at all (which was reported). Maybe she was tipsy as well. Maybe she was used to TOTAL lip-synching. She wasn’t even putting an effort into her moves or her marks either. Almost like she had a senior moment. She did Auld Lang Syne fine. She seems to have just spaced her own songs. Maybe it was a teleprompter fail, but the backtracks, and dancers seemed to be all in place. I don’t how she spins this as anything but her own fault. Most pro singers just pull the earpiece out if it’s failing when they want it. She wasn’t even TRYING to make it work. THat’s what is the most obvious. She needs to explain just how they were sabotaging her, and I hope they do sue her for defamation if she keeps on this tack without a decent explanation.

    She;s always been a diva clown anyway. It’s just that she USED to be credible and strong. Now, she’s more like a public disaster.

  5. River

    She shouldn’t have lip synced period. She got what she deserved. She’s playing the victim when she played everyone else. She deserves no respect after this incident. What? It’s the tech guys faults that she wasn’t able to get away with lip syncing? Is that the story shes trying to go with? This is perhaps the most pathetic excuse I have ever heard from a human being.