Was Mariah Carey’s disasterous NYE performance sabotaged for good TV ratings?

Dan Tracer

The fact that we can even have this debate is so indicative of where we are as a culture — have television producers sunk even lower by intentionally messing with Mimi’s performance setup, thereby ensuring the ratings gold mine of a star falling, once again, from her perch in the heavens?

That’s certainly the story Mariah Carey’s camp is going with, after her performance on “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” left something large to the imagination (like singing). Her mic pac seemed to be of no use as background tracks for hits like “Emotions” and “We Belong Together” attempted to guide the stream, and yet the camera just stayed plastered on the singer, waiting for her to act.

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Ms. Carey’s manager, Stella Bulochnikov, believes the show’s producers were fully aware of the technical problems but chose to leave them broken — and then decided to continue recording Ms. Carey’s messy performance “to get ratings.”

“I will never know the truth, but I do know that we told them three times that her mike pack was not working and it was a disastrous production,” Ms. Bulochnikov told Us Weekly on Sunday. “I’m certainly not calling the F.B.I. to investigate. It is what it is: New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Mariah did them a favor. She was the biggest star there, and they did not have their” act together.

Dick Clark Productions, of course, clapped back that any such accusations are “defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd.”

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