Mariah Carey made her glittering return to the 96th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday after a seven-year absence, but fans were quick to call her out to lip-sync.
The singer, 52, who has styled herself the “Queen of Christmas” was in her element as she performed All I Want For Christmas Is You in front of crowds in Manhattan, while wearing a red dress and a glittering tiara.
Mariah put on an elaborate holiday performance surrounded by dancers in matching marching outfits, which she officially performed during the holiday season in New York and across the United States.
However, the star, who previously got into trouble for a shady mimicry, was again accused of “brazen lip-synching” as fans noted that her flawless vocals sounded extremely similar to the 1994 recorded version of the track.
Did she? Mariah Carey made a glittering return to the 96th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday after a seven-year absence, but her fans were quick to call her out for the lip-sync
One fan wrote, “Mariah Carey’s lip sync always SENDS me because she’s so sassy.” Like she doesn’t even try to hide it.’
Another typed: ‘So @MariahCarey no longer sings foreal? Smh’ while a third wrote: ‘Wish I got paid to stand and look cute lip-synching like Mariah Carey…that girl didn’t sing a note.’
Another fan wrote: ‘And here she is ladies and gentlemen! Self-proclaimed Queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey. …and yes, I think she’s lip-synching.’
One fan added: ‘Mariah Carey is lip-synching. What a shock’ while another wrote: What a great performance by #MariahCarey, totally live!! Lol’.
Return; The singer, 52, who has styled herself the ‘Christmas Queen’ was in her element as she performed All I Want For Christmas Is You in front of crowds in Manhattan, decked out in a red dress and sparkly crown
Oh dear: However, the star, who has already found herself in hot water over a shady mimicry, was once again accused of “cheeky lip-synching” as fans noted that her flawless voice sounded extremely similar to the recorded version of the track from the 1994
Back to New York 2016 Mariah suffered through a nightmarish performance in a train wreck in Times Square as technical problems left her completely out of sync with her lip-sync track, causing her to plummet offstage.
The megastar diva should have announced in 2017 and said good riddance to 2016 before the ball fell traditional by performing two hits, Emotions and We Belong Together.
However, on stage in New York City she seemed unable to hear any backing track, so she stopped pretending to sing and put her hand on her hip as the vocal track of her voice continued without her.
Furious at the disaster unfolding in front of millions in Times Square and looking at home, Carey, who was wearing a stunning pink leotard, began pacing the stage in frustration.
Lol: One fan wrote, ‘Mariah Carey’s lip sync always SENDS me because she’s so sassy. Like she don’t even try to hide it’
Trying to keep her cool, she stopped and told the crowd that despite the performance falling apart, “I’m trying to be a good sport here.”
Her backup dancers bravely continued, but quickly got confused leading Mariah to say, “It is what it is.” It just doesn’t get better’ – at which point she walked off stage.
Letting emotion get the best of her, the star also said, ‘I wanted a vacation too. Can’t I have just one?’
Mariah later tried to brush aside the huge mistake, writing “It happens” in an Instagram post after the set
‘We didn’t get a check for this song… we’re missing some vocals, but it is what it is. I’ll let the audience sing,’ the singer said before her fit of resentment.
Reaction: Fans took to Twitter to ask why Mariah was lip-syncing
Oh dear: Back in NYC 2016, Mariah suffered a nightmarish performance in a train wreck in Times Square as technical issues left her completely out of sync with her lip sync track, causing her to plummet offstage
‘We haven’t had a sound check for this New Year’s kid, it is what it is.’
“Turn on these monitors, please.”
At that point, Carey seemed to give up and went up to one of her dancers and said, “just for laughs, do the lift.” The dancer then lifted Carey’s leg into the air, as she sang a few notes of hers.
‘I wanted a holiday too, can’t I just have one?’ she said as the first song ended.’
After the second song ended, Mariah sarcastically said, “wear feathers, it just doesn’t get better,” before walking off.
A crowd of 3 million gathered on the streets of Manhattan to watch the 96th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
With temperatures soaring to a high of 50 Thursday along with clear skies, spectators should have had a clear view of the 16 giant balloon characters and plethora of performers taking to the streets.
Loved it: some fans supported Mariah’s performance
Details: The star was surrounded by upbeat dancers as she performed
Glitz: The star carried a bejeweled parasol as she made her way to the stage
While all eyes were on the parade, viewers may have noticed the absence of The Today Show’s Al Roker who missed the event for the first time in 27 years after being hospitalized with blood clots.
Among those wishing Roker a speedy recovery were President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, who called the show while also thanking first responders and troops.
Tweeting Thursday morning, Roker shared a photo of himself watching the parade from the hospital, enjoying the show on TV as more than 20 million viewers as he noted he will be discharged in time to have dinner with his family.
‘So much to be #thankful for on #Thanksgiving. Leaving the hospital and home for #Thanksgiving dinner,” Roker wrote.
Despite Roker’s absence, the show went ahead without the popular host as Broadway singer Lea Michele kicked off the festivities with a performance of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from her Broadway show “Funny girl”.
After more Broadway performances, moviegoers were fixated on Abdul’s energetic take on his hit, ‘Straight Up,’ as the 60-year-old proved she could still wow audiences.
Along with the iconic balloons, the parade also featured 28 floats, 12 marching bands, 700 clowns and several music stars making their way into Thanksgiving Day.
Organizers said the parade will begin on the city’s Upper West Side and finish at the iconic Macy’s store in Herald Square.
Attendance was expected to include 500,000 more people than last year. The 2020 parade was a televised-only festival due to the pandemic.
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