Posted by David Oates 2 years, 5 months ago


You may have heard that the highly successful, Grammy-award winning pop singer had a very visible hiccup in her performance on the popular ABC network’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest” in Times Square. Whether it was a series of technical malfunctions or an artist past her prime, the result was a queasy, uneasy spectacle of grimacing, chair-shifting levels. 

So the question now begs, what should Mariah do to recover from this embarrassing event and regain her diva status? In my opinion, absolutely nothing!

She already played it the way it should have been. The performance went south so quickly that everyone knew the lip-synced fiasco was, for all intents and purposes, unrecoverable. But instead of walking off stage, she let the audience know that she was in on the act, didn’t even try to get back in sync with the recording, and went about trying to do her best to engage the audience. She even let them sing the leads and shout “Happy New Year”! 

Well, why not? If she went back to try and pretend that bump in the performance didn’t happen, she would have looked like a bigger fool. More to the point, it would have been silly to expect her to actually belt out the lyrics live in the first place. It was 45 flippin’ degrees in the middle of Times Square.  Anyone who’s ever tried to sing on key and under the spectacle of screaming, drunk New Yorkers know that’s next to impossible. 

Sure it was pretty ugly, but it really isn’t something that’s all that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. You may recall Ashlee Simpson had a similar and equally unnerving mishap during a performance on Saturday Night Live. Her career bounced back in no time.

So if I was Mariah Carey for a day (just suspend disbelief for a sec), I’d get over it soon by saying thank you to the fans in attendance for dealing with the faux pas, tell them I love them, take the check, and stay out of cold and windy weather conditions for my next performance. She could also do well by staying off of social media for a bit. The rhetoric will be strong, but I suspect not long lasting. Trolls have a tendency to make everything appear in a heightened state of hyperbole. Fear not. This, too, shall pass.


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