There's no doubt about the fact that heads have been rolling ever since #MariahCarey's disastrous appearance at the end of the disastrous year that was 2016. By now, we all know what went down — the pop diva's New Year's Eve performance ultimately went tits up when she shimmied out onto a stage beset with sound difficulties. Here's a reminder:
Understandably, poor Mimi was pissed AF that her greatly-anticipated appearance was so publicly shat on by the producers/sound engineers/everyone at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest event. And now, her manager — Stella Bulochnikov — has given a heavily-worded interview about what really happened on that ill-fated night, smacking down on the show-runners for wanting to get a "viral moment at any expense."
'The Most Important Thing To Her Was The Sound'
Contrary to popular belief that the singer skipped rehearsals, Mariah did in fact do a sound check on the night. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Bulochnikov said:
“Not only did she not ditch rehearsal, we got to Times Square at 2:30. They weren’t ready for her until 3:20. We waited around for their stage manager. We had the stage from 3:20 to 3:50. She had a dance stand-in for the musical number. She sat on the side of the stage with her ear-pack and her in-ears and her microphone to make sure she could do the sound check. The most important thing to her was the sound. The sound was coming in choppy. She was assured it would work by the evening."
Turning to producer Mark Shimmel's talent executive assigned to Mariah, the manager reiterated that the in-ears weren't working and that Carey would need new ones for the performances. In response, Bulochnikov was told that she would be given different in-ears for when she goes on stage. She continued:
"We told both stage managers — remember this is not our production team, we’re out-sourcing our team which we never do — we told them the mic pack is not working. She can’t hear it, it’s faint. They brought her a new one, and that one didn’t work either, the mic pack was dead. They changed the battery pack. She said she still couldn’t hear. The second stage manager said, 'It doesn’t work here in the tent, it will work on the stage.'"
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Four minutes to showtime and Mariah apparently still couldn't hear anything in her ears, and she was repeatedly told that they would work when the show went live. Bulochnikov then added:
"Then things start to get chaotic. They start counting her down — four minutes, three minutes. Mariah: 'I can’t hear.' Them: 'You’re gonna hear when it goes live — two minutes!' So, right when it goes live, she can’t hear anything. The ears are dead. They’re dead. So she pulls them out of the ear because if the artist keeps them in their ears then all she hears is silence. Once she pulled them off her ear she was hoping to hear her music, but because of the circumstances — there’s noise from Times Square and the music is reverberating from the buildings — all she hears is chaos. She can’t hear her music. It’s a madhouse. At the point, there’s no way to recover."
And we all know what happened next:
'I Want You To Cut The West Coast Feed'
As Mariah tottered off the stage looking like she might obliterate the entirely of Times Square with the laser beams pouring out of her rageful eyes, her manager called the show-runner Mark Shimmel:
"I asked, 'What happened?' He said, 'I just talked to my guys and I confirmed her in-ears didn’t work. Couldn’t she just wing it?' I’m like, 'What are you talking about ‘winging it’? Are you on glue?' He’s like, 'What do you want me to do?' I said, 'I want you to cut the West Coast feed.' He calls me back and says, 'We can’t do it.' So I’m like, 'You would prefer to air a show with technical glitches so you can have a viral moment rather than protect the integrity of your show and Dick Clark Productions?' He said, 'We just won’t do it. Do you want to do a joint statement?' And I said, 'No, I want you to go f— yourself.' And that was it. I don’t think it was an unfair ask to ask them to cut [the segment from] the West Coast feed after they had this huge mechanical glitch."
Ultimately, the fact that the production company did not cut to a commercial as soon as the disaster began to unfold showed to Mariah Carey's team that they wanted to create a viral moment. And guess what — no official apology was issued either. Bulochnikov added:
"We live in this viral world where anybody will do anything for a viral moment."
So there you go. In case you were wondering, that's what Mimi's management has to say on the matter. Cringe your way through the full Rockin' Eve performance below:
But what about Dick Clark Productions? Well, apparently they're calling the allegations "outrageous" and "frankly absurd":
"As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists. To suggest that DCP, as producer of music shows including the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, New Year's Rockin' Eve and Academy of Country Music Awards, would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd."
The battles rages on.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how pissed would you be if you were Mariah Carey?
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)