Producers blamed for Mariah’s NYE glitch
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
OFF KEY: Mariah Carey performs at the New Year’s Eve celebration at Times Square in New York.