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Mariah Carey Defends Rockefeller Tree Lighting Performance

Via NY Daily News reports:

It’s her own fault she can’t carry a tune. But sources close to Mariah Carey’s widely panned NBC tree-lighting performance at 30 Rock believe disgruntled techies are to blame for leaking a vocals-only recording of her woeful Wednesday night appearance. Their motive? Revenge! As Confidenti@l reported Thursday, production workers attached to the NBC broadcast were upset that Carey kept them waiting three hours in the winter cold Tuesday night, and ultimately failing to show for a taping of her Christmas performance. That number was supposed to air on Wednesday’s broadcast.

The network and the diva were left with no choice but to take their chances with a live performance of Carey’s 1994 classic “All I Want for Christmas.” Producers did their best to cover her awful appearance with sophisticated audio mixing that seemingly took advantage of good backup singers and musicians as well as the audience cheering. But on Thursday morning, a track of just Carey’s voice, screeching through the holiday tune sans musical accompaniment, hit the Internet.

“It’s really hard to leak ‘just’ audio,” snickers a source close to the production. “Mariah is blaming producers for leaking her audio track. She believes they did it to punish her for not showing up to taping the day before the live event!” Carey’s reps denies any network involvement in the leaked audio and tells us that because Mariah used a wireless mic, anyone in attendance could have recorded the isolated track. She added, “She preformed beautifully.” NBC reps did not reply to a request for comment.




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