Mariah Carey made her sparkling 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 for lip-syncing.
The 52-year-old singer, who has dubbed herself the ‘Queen of Christmas’, was in her element when she performed All I Want For Christmas Is You to crowds in Manhattan, dressed in a red dress and sparkly tiara. .
Mariah put on an elaborate festive performance surrounded by dancers in matching marching outfits and her 11-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe that officially rang in the holiday season in New York and across the United States.
However, the star, who has gotten in trouble before for dodgy imitations, was again accused of “blatant lip-syncing” when fans noted that her perfect voice sounded extremely similar to the recorded version of the 1994 song. .
She did? Mariah Carey made her sparkling return to the 96th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday after a seven-year absence, but fans of hers were quick to call out to lip-synch her.
One fan wrote: ‘Mariah Carey’s lip sync always SENDS me because she’s so cheeky. Like she didn’t even try to hide it.
Another wrote: ‘So @MariahCarey doesn’t sing foreal anymore? Smh,” while a third wrote: “I wish I would get paid to stand up and look cute lip syncing like Mariah Carey… that girl didn’t sing a note.”
Another fan wrote: ‘And here it is ladies and gentlemen! The self-proclaimed Queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey. …and yes, I think she’s lip-syncing her.’
One fan added: ‘Mariah Carey is lip syncing. What a scare’ while another wrote: What a great performance by #MariahCarey, totally live! LOL’.
Oh dear: However, the star, who has gotten in trouble before for dodgy impersonation, was once again accused of ‘blatant lip-syncing’ when fans noted that her flawless voice sounded extremely similar to the recorded version of the 1994 song.
The star’s performance saw a cameo appearance from her twins dancing behind her on Christmas boxes.
She wrote on Instagram: ‘Happy Thanksgiving! Grateful and very proud of my beautiful children Roc and Roe, thankful for the kindness and for the precious moments in life. Now is really the time!
Her boyfriend Bryan Tanaka commented: “Best performance of the year!!!”
Back on NYE 2016 Mariah she suffered a nightmare train wreck performance in Times Square as technical problems left her completely out of sync with her lip sync track, causing her to walk off stage.
The megastar diva was supposed to announce in 2017 and say goodbye to 2016 before the traditional ball drop by performing two hits, Emotions and We Belong Together.
Onstage in New York City, however, she seemed unable to hear any backing tracks, so she stopped pretending to sing and put a hand on her hip as the vocal track of her voice continued without her.
Furious at the disaster unfolding in front of millions inside Times Square and watching from her home, Carey, wearing a stunning pink suit, began pacing the stage in frustration.
Lol: One fan wrote: ‘Mariah Carey’s lip sync always SENDS me because she’s so cheeky.’ Like she didn’t even try to hide it’
Trying to remain calm, he stopped and told the crowd that even though the performance was falling apart, “I’m trying to be a good sport here.”
Her backup dancers bravely continued, but quickly became confused, leading Mariah to say, “It is what it is. It just doesn’t get any better,’ at which point she walked offstage.
Letting the emotion get the better of her, the star also said, “I wanted a vacation too.” Can’t I have one?
Mariah later tried to brush off the big mistake, writing “shit happens” in an Instagram post after set.
‘We didn’t have a check for this song… we’re missing some of the vocals, but it is what it is. I’m just going to let the audience sing,’ the singer said before her outburst of resentment.
Oh dear: Back at NYE 2016, Mariah suffered a nightmare train-wreck performance in Times Square when technical issues left her completely out of sync with her lip-syncing track, causing her to walk offstage.
“We didn’t have a soundcheck for this New Year’s baby, it is what it is.”
Turn these monitors on, please.
At that point, Carey seemed to give up and walked up to one of her dancers and said, ‘just for a laugh, do the lift.’ The dancer then lifted Carey’s leg into the air, as she sang a few notes.
“I wanted a vacation too, can’t I just have one?” he said when the first song ended.
After the second song finished, Mariah sarcastically said, “bring the feathers, it just doesn’t get any better”, before walking off.
A crowd of 3 million people gathered on the streets of Manhattan to attend the 96th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
With temperatures rising to a high of 50 on Thursday along with clear skies, viewers should have had a clear view of the 16 giant balloon characters and plethora of performers taking to the streets.
Charming: The star relaxed in her ballgown as she climbed into a limousine
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 out the show and also thanked first responders and troops.
In a tweet on 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, noting that he will be released in time to have dinner with his family. .
‘So much to be #grateful for on #thanksgiving. Leaving hospital and home for #thanksgivingdinner,” Roker wrote.
Despite Roker’s absence, the show continued without the popular host, as Broadway singer Lea Michele opened the festivities with a performance of ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’ from her Broadway show ‘Funny Girl’.
After other Broadway performances, viewers turned to Abdul’s energetic performance of her hit, ‘Straight Up,’ as the 60-year-old proved she can 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 on Thanksgiving.
Organizers said the parade would begin on the city’s Upper West Side and end at the iconic Macy’s store in Herald Square.
Attendance was predicted to include 500,000 more people than last year. The 2020 parade was a TV-only festival due to the pandemic.