ByElle McFarlane, writer at
'There's always someone younger and hungrier coming down the stairs after you.'
Elle McFarlane

You know that dream where you find yourself naked, on stage, in front of the entire world and you're forced to perform a song you don't know, when you can't sing? Well, on New Year's Eve lived that dream for us all, and the world will be forever changed.

In a performance that will now eternally be known as the most fitting obituary for the year in which we lost Carrie Fisher, David Bowie and Alan Rickman, unable to hear herself, Mariah was rendered as useless as a mute hare in the headlights, and now she's finally spoken out about her "horrible New Year's Eve."

Against All Odds: Mariah's Tragic NYE Performance

Stepping up to the stage to perform on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest which was broadcast to an audience of millions, Mariah Carey begun her performance only to discover she was unable to hear herself through her ear piece.

Consequently, as she was shuffled from one side of the stage to the other in a nude one-piece on the shoulders of her loyal dancers, Mariah looked like she'd fallen headfirst out of bed and into a living nightmare as her own backing track surrounded her in a chorus of unending shrill cries of S.O.S.

O Holy Shite: Mariah's Manager Roars At NYE Producers

Mariah Carey - You're Mine Music Video [Credit: Def Jam]
Mariah Carey - You're Mine Music Video [Credit: Def Jam]

Placing all of the blame for this disastrous balls up on the Dick Clark production company who were producing the performance Stella Bulochnikov, Mariah's manager, told Entertainment Weekly that the stage managers repeatedly ignored them during rehearsals when they explained that that Mariah couldn't hear through her ear piece. Things then went from bad to worse as the Show went live:

"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.....She can’t hear her music. It’s a madhouse. At the point, there’s no way to recover."

Emotions: Mariah Talks About Her 'Horrible New Year's Eve'

Following on from her manager's statements, Mariah has now weighed in on the NYE shambles, similarly putting most of the blame on Dick Clark Productions. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Mariah said:

"All I can say is Dick Clark was an incredible person and I was lucky enough to work with him when I first started in the music business"

Passing away in 2012, Mariah went on to state that this performance brought dishonor to his good name:

"I’m of the opinion that Dick Clark would not have let an artist go through that and he would have been as mortified as I was in real time."

To add insult to injury, after thanking her fans for their continued support, Mariah stated that the nightmare performance was made even worse due to how brilliant her festive period had, up until that moment, been:

"It really was an incredible holiday season that turned into a horrible New Year’s Eve."

However, all is not lost. Mariah is already making plans for the future and is putting this hellish moment behind her:

"It’s not going to stop me from doing a live event in the future, but it will make me less trusting of using anyone outside of my own team."


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