Mariah Carey's highly-anticipated performance at Times Square was a major disaster tonight as she performed on Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve just before the ball dropped. At first, it appeared that the music was off and clearly she was supposed to be lip synching. Soon into the song, Mariah Carey almost seemed to go on strike, saying she couldn't hear. Her dancers continued to carry on with their performances while she walked around on stage, only slightly going through the motions. Carey then said that she was just going to let the crowd sing instead as she tried to explain that the vocal track was missing and she couldnt hear.
A source told The Hollywood Reporter that:
"The singer had suffered from a tight and difficult rehearsal schedule earlier in the night was unable to hear through her in-ear monitor ... She didn't have the kind of time that she usually gets for her "Mariah-ness.'
The music continued to play, with certain parts featuring pre-recorded vocals of hers. Carey clearly gave up on the performance early on and, when the song ended, there was still one more to be performed.