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Mariah Carey Photo Credit The Telegraph

By Rashidat Akashat

Dick Clark Productions (DCP) responds to Mariah Carey’s claim of sabotage on it’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”special.

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Telegraph reports that the “We belong together” Artiste disaster during the annual New Year’s Eve special in Times Square, made international headlines. Carey vocally stumbled through her short set, and couldn’t sing most of her songs even when a pre-recorded track was playing in the background.

Carey who was obviously upset during and after the performance tweeted “sh**t happens.” Her representative Nicole Perna claimed it was technical difficulties, and in an interview with Billboard, she said DCP hindered Carey’s performance.

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Mariah Carey Photo Credit The Telegraph

Speaking to Billboard Pernia said “She was not winging this moment and took it very seriously,” .

“A shame that production set her up to fail.”She continued.

Perna also said that “Touch my body” artiste earpiece wasn’t working and that she drew the production team’s attention to it but nothing was done.

“However, that was not the case, and they were again told that her earpiece was not working,” Perna said. “Instead of endeavoring to fix the issue so that Mariah could perform, they went live.”

DCP Refutes Mariah’s Claim Of Sabotage

However, In a statement released by the production company on Sunday, they called such claims “absurd.”

“As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists,” it said.

“To suggest that DCP (Dick Clark Productions), as producer of music shows including the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and Academy of Country Music Awards, would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd.”

It said that in “very rare instances” there are technical errors that can occur with live television. It said an initial investigation, however, indicated it had no involvement in the challenges associated with Carey’s performance.

“We want to be clear that we have the utmost respect for Ms. Carey as an artist and acknowledge her tremendous accomplishments in the industry,” it said.

Meanwhile, one of the persons familiar with the production of the show who pledged anonymity to speak publicly to Telegraph said that other artiste who performed, including Gloria Estefan, rehearsed onsite for their performances and Carey was there but had a stand-in for her rehearsal, atypical for the show’s performers. The person said all of the monitors were working and no technical problems were found.

Ironically, Carey was Dick Clark Productions’ first live performer for the broadcast in 2005, when it went off without any such problems.Read more on Mariah Carey’s performance.