Mariah Carey rep says the superstar's New Year's Eve show 'set her up to fail'
A rep for Mariah Carey says the superstar's New Year's Eve technical problems were the fault of producers who had "set her up to fail".
The US singer-songwriter hit the headlines when she left the stage at Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve with Ryan Seacrest in New York after failing to hear properly whilst the backing track continued to be played.
Speaking to Billboard, the singer's publicist Nicole Perna said sound problems were not fixed before she went on stage. The PR said: "She was not 'winging' this moment and took it very seriously. A shame that production set her up to fail.
"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 ear piece was not working. Instead of endeavouring to fix the issue so that Mariah could perform, they went live. Any allegations that she planned to lip sync are just adding insult to injury."
A spokesperson for Dick Clark Productions responded by confirming producers had no intention to sabotage Carey's performance. They said:
"To suggest that DCP [Dick Clark Productions], 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.
"In very rare instances there are of course technical errors that can occur with live television; however, an initial investigation has indicated that DCP had no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms Carey's New Year's Eve performance. 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."
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