Pro­duc­ers blamed for Mariah’s NYE glitch

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MARIAH Carey’s man­ager claims Dick Clark Pro­duc­tions (DCP) are re­spon­si­ble for the star’s poor per­for­mance at Times Square in New York on New Year’s Eve.

Carey claims her dis­as­trous per­for­mance was sab­o­taged.

The 46-year-old singer stormed off stage af­ter tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties marred her per­for­mance, and her man­ager, Stella Bu­lochnikov, has blamed the pro­duc­ers.

In a let­ter sent to DCP, and ob­tained by the New York Post, Bu­lochnikov raged: “You know her in-ears were not work­ing and your en­tire pro­duc­tion team did not set her up to win.”

She told Bill­board mag­a­zine: “We told them (the stage man­agers) that the in-ears were not work­ing 10 min­utes be­fore the per­for­mance. They then changed the bat­tery pack, and they were still not work­ing on the fre­quency four min­utes be­fore the show.

“We let them know again, and they just kept count­ing her down and re­as­sur­ing they will work as soon as they go live, which never hap­pened – at which point she pulled them out but could not hear the mu­sic over the crowd.

“Af­ter the show, I called Dick Clark Pro­duc­tions’ Mark Shim­mel and asked what the f**k hap­pened?

“He said: ‘Let me call you back,’ then called me back and con­firmed the in-ears were not work­ing. I asked why would they want to run a per­for­mance with me­chan­i­cal glitches un­less they just want eye­balls at any ex­pense.”

DCP de­nied the claims, say­ing: “As the pre­mier pro­ducer of live TV events for 50 years, we pride our­selves on our rep­u­ta­tion and long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ships with artists.

“To sug­gest DCP would in­ten­tion­ally com­pro­mise the suc­cess of any artist is defam­a­tory, out­ra­geous and ab­surd.

“In rare in­stances there are tech­ni­cal er­rors that oc­cur with live TV. How­ever, an ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion has in­di­cated DCP had no in­volve­ment in the chal­lenges as­so­ci­ated with Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Eve per­for­mance. We have the ut­most re­spect for Carey as an artist and ac­knowl­edge her ac­com­plish­ments in the in­dus­try.” – Bang Me­dia

PIC­TURE: AP

OFF KEY: Mariah Carey per­forms at the New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tion at Times Square in New York.

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