Written by Dennis Michael Lynch
Before we get into the nitty gritty, take a look at Mariah Carey’s tweet after her debacle on New Year’s Eve.
Shit happens ? Have a happy and healthy new year everybody!? Here’s to making more headlines in 2017 ? pic.twitter.com/0Td8se57jr
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 1, 2017
The New Year’s Eve celebration went out with a chuckle last night in New York City as an estimated 1,000,000 people stood in Times Square watching singer Mariah Carey have a complete meltdown on stage.
Carey was scheduled to be the headline act during the New Year’s Eve broadcast watched by people from all over the world. The plan was for Carey to perform two of her hit songs, “Emotions” and “We Belong Together” minutes before midnight.
However, prior to taking the stage, she held an interview with Ryan Seacrest. Carey didn’t say much during the interview but when she did her words did not make much sense. It was clear that Seacrest sensed something was wrong with the music diva — he stopped pointing the mic her way and filled the airtime by speaking himself. My wife picked up on it too — Mary said to me, “She seems off — either she is on drugs or overloaded with meds.”
Mary was spot on, something was amiss with Carey because moments later when the music legend took to the stage she appeared dazed and confused. She needed help walking and barely sang a lyric.
During the first few seconds of the song, Carey began complaining aloud about the mic and ear set not working. At first, from this viewer’s point of view, it did appear as if something was not working correctly. But it quickly became crystal clear that the microphone was working fine, it was Carey who was malfunctioning.
From this viewer’s point of view Carey was either high, over-medicated, or drunk — maybe all of the above? This is complete speculation on my part, I have no idea if she drank or used drugs last night, but I do know she didn’t sing the song “Emotions” as planned. Instead, she paced the stage and told the audience to sing the lyrics for her.
Carey was a complete train wreck. She pointed the microphone at the people standing in the front row and asked them to sing, but they did not. “Let the audience sing,” she said, then Carey bragged that the song went to number one.
The stage dancers did what they could to help Mariah Carey. They constantly held her arms in order to keep her on her two feet. Like good soldiers, they smiled throughout the act. But no matter what they did to help, Carey looked and sounded as if she was ready to keel over at any moment.
Carey’s attempt to sing her second song didn’t go any better. By the end of the performance, she had just given up and walked off stage with a frown on her face.
Shortly after the ball dropped, Carey was back on TV with Ryan Seacrest and a group of his guests. While Seacrest was saying a few words about the new year, Carey was off to the side carrying on with more bizarre behavior — bopping around and looking unhinged. Clearly, she was not herself.
A representative for Carey confirmed there were technical difficulties. “It was kinda like the ‘Saturday Night Live’ performance,’’ Leslie Keeley told The New York Post, referring to Ashlee Simpson’s infamous out-of-sync turn on “SNL” in 2004. “The end of 2016 was not good for Mariah.’’
Ironically, earlier on Saturday, we had reported on a story from the New York Post which stated Carey’s representatives asked what time the ball was scheduled to drop. Allegedly, they were scared the singer would be late to the performance. Carey, who is notoriously late for her engagements, is probably wishing this morning that she would have shown up a day late to last night’s debacle.
And now, for the grand finale, 2016 is taking out Mariah Carey live on stage pic.twitter.com/kfBJxXjepB
— The Ostrich (@ALostrich) January 1, 2017
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