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 soon calling her out for lip syncing.
The singer, 52, who has dubbed herself the “Queen of Christmas,” was in her element as she sang All I Want For Christmas Is You to the crowd in Manhattan, while dressed in a red dress and sparkling tiara.
Mariah gave an elaborate celebratory performance, surrounded by dancers in matching marching clothes – which officially ushered in the holiday season in New York and the rest of the US.
However, the star, who previously landed in hot water for dodgy miming, was once again accused of “blatant lip syncing” when fans noticed her impeccable vocals sounded extremely similar to the recorded version of the 1994 song.
Did she? 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 lip sync her
One fan wrote, “Mariah Carey’s lip sync always SENDS me because it’s so blatant. Like she’s not even trying to hide it.’
Another typed, “So @MariahCarey isn’t singing anymore? Smh” while a third typed, “I wish I could get paid to look cute lip-syncing like Mariah Carey… that girl didn’t sing one 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 lip syncing.’
One fan added, “Mariah Carey is lip syncing. What a shock” as another typed: What a great performance from #MariahCarey, all live!! LOL’.
Yield; The singer, 52, who has dubbed herself the ‘Queen of Christmas’, was in her element as she sang All I Want For Christmas Is You to the Manhattan crowd, while dressed in a red dress and sparkly tiara
Oh dear: The star, who has previously landed in hot water for dodgy miming, was once again accused of “blatantly lip syncing” when fans noticed her impeccable vocals sounded extremely similar to the recorded version of the 1994 song
Back on New Years Eve 2016 Mariah suffered a nightmare of a train crash in Times Square, as technical difficulties caused her to get completely out of sync with her lip sync track – causing her to storm off the stage.
The megastar diva would usher in 2017 and drop 2016 before the traditional prom by performing two hits, Emotions and We Belong Together.
However, on stage in New York City, she couldn’t seem to hear a single backing track, so she stopped pretending to sing and put a hand on her hip as the vocal track of her voice continued without her.
Enraged by the unfolding disaster for millions in Times Square and watching at home, Carey, who was dressed in a gorgeous pink bodysuit, began pacing the stage in frustration.
Lol: One fan wrote, “Mariah Carey’s lip sync always SENDS me because it’s so blatant. Like she’s not even trying to hide it’
Trying to stay calm, she stopped and told the crowd that despite the performance being bursting at the seams, “I’m trying to be a good sport here.”
Her backup dancers bravely continued, but soon became confused, leading Mariah to say, “It is what it is.” It just doesn’t get any better” – whereupon she left the stage.
The star let the emotion get the better of her and also said, “I wanted a vacation too. Can’t I just have one?’
Mariah later tried to brush off the huge blunder by writing “s*** happens” in an Instagram post after the set
“We didn’t have a check on 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 fit of anger.
Response: Fans took to Twitter to wonder why Mariah was lip syncing
Oh dear: Back on New Year’s Eve 2016, Mariah suffered a nightmare involving a train crash in Times Square, as technical issues caused her to get completely out of sync with her lip sync track – causing her to storm off stage
“We didn’t have a sound check for this New Year’s baby, it is what it is.”
“Please turn on these monitors.”
At that point, Carey seemed to give up, went up to one of her dancers and said, “just for a laugh, do the elevator.” The dancer then lifted Carey’s leg in the air as she sang a few notes.
“I wanted a vacation too, can’t I just have one,” she said when the first issue was over.
After the second song ended, 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 reaching 50 degrees on Thursday and clear skies, spectators should have had a clear view of the 16 giant balloon figures and the plethora of performers taking to the streets.
I loved it: some fans supported Mariah’s performance
Details: The star was surrounded by celebratory dancers as she performed
Glitz: The star wore a jeweled 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 entered the show and also thanked first responders and troops.
Tweeting on 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, as he noted that he will be discharged in time to have dinner with his family.
So much to be #thankful for on #thanksgivingday. Leaving the hospital and home for #thanksgivingdinner,” 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 other Broadway appearances, audiences were fixated on Abdul’s energetic performance of her hit “Straight Up,” as the 60-year-old proved she can still wow audiences.
In addition to the iconic balloons, the parade also featured 28 floats, 12 marching bands, 700 clowns, and several music stars making their way on Thanksgiving Day.
Organizers said the parade would begin in the city’s Upper West Side and end at Macy’s iconic store in Herald Square.
It was predicted that 500,000 more people would attend than last year. The 2020 parade was a TV-only festival due to the pandemic.
Glamour: The star looked sensational as she attended the parade