Mariah Carey made her splashy return to the 96th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday after a seven-year absence — but fans quickly called her out for lip-syncing.
The 52-year-old singer, who has branded herself the ‘Queen of Christmas’, was in her element as she performed All I Want For Christmas Is You to the crowds in Manhattan, wearing a red dress and sparkling tiara.
Mariah put on an elaborate celebratory performance surrounded by dancers in matching marching attire – officially ringing in the holiday season in New York and across the US.
The star, who has landed herself in hot water before for dodgy miming, was once again accused of ‘open lip-syncing’ when fans noticed that her flawless vocals sounded extremely similar to the recorded version of the 1994 track.
Did she? Mariah Carey made a sparkling return to the 96th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday after a seven-year absence — but fans quickly called her out for lip-syncing
One fan wrote: ‘Mariah Carey lip sync always sends me because it’s so obvious. Like she’s not even trying to hide it.’
Another wrote: ‘So @MariahCarey doesn’t sing foreal anymore? Smh’ while a third wrote: ‘I wish I could get paid to stand and look cute lip syncing like Mariah Carey… that girl didn’t sing a note.’
Another fan wrote: ‘And here she is ladies and gentlemen! The self-proclaimed Queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey. …and yes, I think she’s lipsynching.’
One fan added: ‘Mariah Carey is lip syncing. What a shock’, while another wrote: What an amazing performance from #MariahCarey, all live!! Laugh out loud’.
Return; The 52-year-old singer, who has branded herself the ‘Queen of Christmas’, was in her element as she performed All I Want For Christmas Is You to the crowds in Manhattan, wearing a red dress and sparkling tiara .
Oh Baby: The star, who has landed herself in hot water before for dodgy miming, was once again accused of ‘open lip-syncing’ after fans noticed her flawless vocals sounded extremely similar to the recorded version of the 1994 track
Back on the NEW 2016 Mariah suffered through a nightmare train wreck in Times Square when technical issues left her completely out of sync with her lip sync track – causing her to storm off the stage.
The megastar diva was to usher in 2017 and say good riddance to 2016 before the traditional ball drop by performing two hits, Emotions and We Belong Together.
But on stage in New York City, she seemed unable to hear any backing track, so she stopped pretending to sing and placed a hand on her hip as the vocal track in her voice continued without her.
Furious at the unfolding disaster in front of millions inside Times Square and watching at home, Carey, dressed in a stunning pink bodysuit, began pacing the stage in frustration.
Lol: One fan wrote: ‘Mariah Carey lip sync always sends me because it’s so obvious. Like she’s not even trying to hide it’
Trying to keep her composure, she stopped and told the crowd that despite the performance falling apart, I’m trying to be a good sport here.
Her backup dancers carried on bravely, but quickly became confused, prompting Mariah to say: ‘It is what it is. It just doesn’t get better’ – after which she left the stage.
The star let her emotions get the best of her and also said: ‘I wanted a holiday too. Can’t I just have one?’
Mariah later tried to brush off the big blunder, writing ‘s*** happens’ in an Instagram post after the set
‘We didn’t have a check for this song… we’re missing some of the vocals, but it is what it is. I just let the audience sing,’ said the singer before her fit of dick.
Reaction: Fans took to Twitter to question why Mariah was lip-syncing
Oh Baby: Back on NYE 2016, Mariah suffered through a nightmare train wreck in Times Square when technical issues left her completely out of sync with her lip sync track – prompting her to storm off stage
‘We didn’t have a soundcheck for this new year baby, it is what it is.’
“Please put these monitors on.”
At that point, Carey appeared to give up, walking up to one of her dancers and saying, “just for laughs, take the pledge.” The dancer then lifted Carey’s legs in the air as she sang a few notes.
“I wanted a holiday too, can’t I just have one,” she said as the first song ended.
After the second song finished, Mariah sarcastically said, ‘bring the feathers, it just doesn’t get any better’ before leaving.
A crowd of 3 million people gathered on the streets of Manhattan to catch the 96th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
With temperatures soaring into the high 50s on Thursday along with clear skies, spectators should have had a clear view of the 16 giant balloon figures and plethora of performers taking to the streets.
Loved it: Some fans came out to support Mariah’s performance
Details: The star was surrounded by celebratory dancers as she performed
Glitz: The star wore a bejeweled parasol as she took 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 for blood clots.
Among those wishing Roker a speedy recovery were President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, who called into the show as they also thanked first responders and the troops.
Tweeting Thursday morning, Roker shared a photo of himself watching the parade from the hospital, enjoying the show on TV like more than 20 million viewers, noting that he will be discharged in time to have dinner with his family.
‘So much to be #thankful for at #thanksgiving. Leaving the hospital and home for #thanksgivingdinner,’ Roker wrote.
Despite Roker’s absence, the show continued 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’.
Following other Broadway performances, audiences were riveted to Abdul’s high-energy 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 who made their mark on Thanksgiving Day.
Organizers said the parade would begin on the city’s Upper West Side and end at Macy’s iconic store in Herald Square.
Attendance was predicted to include 500,000 more people than last year. The 2020 parade was a televised only festival due to the pandemic.
Glamour: The star looked sensational as she attended the parade