Sabotage? Mariah Carey hits out after New Year's bungle
MARIAH Carey brushed off her bungled New Year's Eve performance in New York City - and the scathing social media reaction - by saying: "Sh*t happens."
But behind the scenes, the Emotions hit maker is said to be furious over the lip-synch snafu and believes her highly-anticipated show was sabotaged.
Sources told TMZ Carey warned Dick Clark Productions executives more than an hour before she took to the stage that her earpieces weren't working.
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According to the gossip website, she first complained when she could barely hear Ryan Seacrest as he interviewed her before the Times Square set.
Carey's camp was reportedly told the singer's earpieces would be on a different frequency when she performed and there wouldn't be a drama. But just six minutes before her now-infamous performance, the pop star was alarmed and told the production team she couldn't hear anything.
TMZ reports that Carey decided to get on stage four minutes early to test the devices, despite the assurances of production staff. But they still didn't work.
Carey's camp also said the prompter - which runs the song lyrics and stage cues - wasn't working. They believe there were too many "coincidences" and it was a simple case of "sabotage" so the production team "could get Mariah drama."
Dick Clark Productions has not responded to the allegations.
Meanwhile, Carey's spokeswoman Nicole Perna blamed technical problems for the epic drama.
"Unfortunately there was nothing she could do to continue with the performance given the circumstances," she said.
Carey had been assigned to perform two of her hit songs, Emotions and We Belong Together.
But, unable to hear her own song track, she ultimately gave up and stood on the stage with closed mouth and a hand on her hip. Meanwhile, her vocal track went on without her.
"Well, Happy New Year," she huffed. "We can't hear, but I'll just go through the motions," she said, later adding, "I'm trying to be a good sport here."
Naturally, the social media reaction was swift and severe.
"ISIS just took responsibility for Mariah Carey's performance,'' tweeted Bruce Rosenberg.
Bonnie Bernstein tweeted, "the amount of sh*t hitting the fan right now behind the scenes of that #MariahCarey lip synch debacle.''
Jessica Winters tweeted: "Mariah's backup dancers deserve Oscars for their performance of having to act like nothing was wrong.''
At 2am on New Year's Day, Carey responded on Twitter: "Sh*t happens. Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here's to making more headlines in 2017."
MARIAH'S HISTORY OF PUBLIC MISHAPS
Few singers can match the career of the multi-octave superstar Carey, the winner of five Grammys who has sold more than 200 million records worldwide.
But sometimes, life gets a little strange in the spotlight.
She cursed on television during a 2013 appearance in Central Park that aired on Good Morning America, a performance also disrupted by a tear in the back of her dress.
The many mishaps of Mariah Carey
While singing Always Be My Baby on the Today show in 2014, she seemed to suffer from temporary voice freeze, as her mouth moved but for several seconds no sounds came out.
TV watchers also remember her wacky "ice cream cart" cameo on MTV and the sight of her needing four people to put on her shoes during a scene from the reality program Mariah's World.
Then there was the humiliation of Glitter, Carey's disastrous 2001 foray into film stardom, which was lambasted by the critics and public alike.