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Blame Game between Mariah Carey and Producers of the ‘New Year’s Rockin Eve’ for the Debacle

Mariah Carey’s terrible performance at the ‘New Year’s Rockin Eve’ (NYRE) was conspicuously flawed by technical issues which Carey and her Rep have blamed the producers for.

If they are to be believed, it was a technical sabotage by the ‘New Year’s Rockin Eve’ (NYRE) producers. In fact, Carey is reported to have informed the producers about the technical glitch – that, she could not hear through her earpiece.

“She was not ‘winging’ this moment and took it very seriously,” Nicole Perna, Mariah Carey’s press representative told Billboard. “A shame that production set her up to fail,” she added. In fact, according to Perna, Carey had alerted the production and stage managers about the earpiece malfunction several times.

According to Perna, Carey herself had informed the concerned managers about not being able to hear proper through the earpiece, “They told her it would be fine once she was on stage”

“However, that was not the case and they were again told that her earpiece was not working. Instead of endeavouring to fix the issue so that Mariah could perform, they went live,” accused the Rep.

Nicole Perna went on to say that accusation of her plan to lip-sync the songs was “just adding insult to injury.”

Her three-song set for the ‘New Year’s Rockin Eve’ were “Auld Lang Syne”, “We Belong Together”, and “Emotions.”

While the first song with Ryan Seacrest, “Auld Lang Syne” went pretty well, the visible downslide started from “Emotions” and continued to go south till she had to stop in sheer frustration evident on her expression.

“I’m trying to be a good sport here,” said Carey to millions who were watching her LIVE, looking obviously frustrated, and maybe, embarrassed as well. She tried to explain to the crowd that there were some technical issues with the vocal track.

Well, this is the Carey side of the story and obviously, one would like to know the reaction from the other side as well.

What is their defense and explanation on the development of the untoward situation and the allegations against them, the producers of NYRE?

The production team has not only vehemently denied any such foul play; in fact, they have gone on to blame Mariah for not having rehearsed enough. They have counterattacked her with allegations of skipping the rehearsals by having placed a body-double in the rehearsals – exactly contrary to what Carey’s side had said.

Carey was serious enough about the glitzy and important show rehearsing extensively for 3 hours the night before and at 3 pm on show-day, claimed her team.

Coming back to the NYRE producers’ defense and counter-allegations, a production source, an insider, is reported to have told Billboard that Carey “Had ample time to rehearse and chose not to” and also spoke about the body-double used in her place all through the rehearsal.

They also denied allegations of any technical snags “all was working” is what they had to say.

Audio producer, Robert Goldstein of the ‘Maryland Sound International’ said, “Every monitor and in-ear device worked perfectly. I can’t comment beyond that and don’t know what her nontechnical issue may have been.”

According to TMZ, in an interview with Ryan Seacrest, about one hour before going onstage, Mariah Carey is supposed to have been heard saying to Seacrest, “It’s hard for me to hear you.”

A recent update on the issue posted on TMZ reads as follows:

“Dick Clark Production sources tell TMZ … Mariah’s “sabotage” claim is “silly,” seeing how she’s the one who decided not to do a sound check and had a stand-in do it instead. They also say there were 8 monitors on stage amplifying sound, so even without an inner ear, Mariah should have been able to hear just fine. They add Mariah changed her story … initially saying the track was wrong. Our Dick Clark sources insist her camp provided the track list.”

It is not our intention to decide which side is right or wrong – we leave it to our valued readers to form their own opinions.

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