Mariah Carey's manager Stella Bulochnikov has revealed the star is "furious" after her problematic New Year's Eve performance in Times Square.
The All I Want for Christmas is You singer made headlines after it appeared that she was lip synching during her performance and couldn't hear the backing track properly as her earpiece had fallen out. After bravely carrying on with the performance, telling the audience "We didn't have a sound check for this New Year’s, baby" before holding the mic out and letting them sing along instead, Mariah looked visibly put out, saying: "It just doesn't get any better."
Stella told Us Weekly: "I will never know the truth, but I do know that we told them three times that her mic pack was not working and it was a disastrous production. I'm certainly not calling the FBI to investigate. It is what it is: New Year's Eve in Times Square. Mariah did them a favour. She was the biggest star there and they did not have [it] together. They acknowledged that they knew her inner ears were not working. They did not cut to a commercial. They did not cut to the West Coast feed, they left her out there to get ratings." The mother-of-two shrugged off the performance on Twitter, writing: "Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here's to making more headlines in 2017," along with a gif of herself shrugging.
The production company in charge of the show, Dick Clark Productions, also released a statement about the performance. "As the premiere producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists," they wrote. "To suggest that dcp… would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd… We want to be clear that we have the utmost respect for Ms. Carey as an artist and acknowledge her tremendous accomplishments in the industry."