LISTEN: Mariah Carey Isolated Vocals On Live “All I Want For Christmas Is You” At Rockefeller Center — Just How Bad Is It?

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Mariah Carey Isolated Vocal All I Want For Christmas Is You

By Shari Weiss


Mariah Carey Isolated Vocal All I Want For Christmas Is You


Mariah Carey performed “All I Want For Christmas Is You” live at Wednesday’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” unaided by the help of any digital magic, and the results are causing a bit of controversy. Check out the video below.

As Gossip Cop reported, the superstar was originally slated to pre-tape her performance on Tuesday, but when she was hours late to the filming, production pulled the plug. It was then arranged for Carey to open the show singing live, and, as Gossip Cop noted, she appeared to struggle with her in-ear monitors throughout the performance, and didn’t exactly look jolly at times, despite the infectious, upbeat song.

Now so-called “unedited” audio from the performance has surfaced, isolating Carey’s vocals from the background accompaniment. Critics are pointing out that the music icon appears to have trouble hitting the high notes, something that likely would’ve been fixed artificially had she pre-taped the performance as planned. Carey, who tweeted several times teasing the performance before she hit the stage, has not tweeted at all since the broadcast. Gossip Cop has reached out to the singer’s rep for comment.

It’s worth nothing that Carey wouldn’t have been the only non-live performance if her original plans worked out. After the show, Seth MacFarlane took to Twitter to say he and Sara Bareilles taped their duet on Tuesday night. Check out the video of Carey’s isolated vocals below, and tell us what you think.

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