It appears that pre-show soundcheck worked.
Ryan Seacrest said he's happy that Mariah Carey is set to return for tonight's New Year's Eve celebration one year after the singer's botched performance. The woman who made Glitter does not back down in the face of paramount humiliation, after all.
The pop superstar performed at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2017, in a now-infamous performance that was filled with technical difficulties. She asked to take a sip of tea and said that "they told me there would be tea" before joking "it's a disaster" and saying she'd just have to "rough it". "Oh, it's a disaster". But there is no question her "hot tea" moment will carry fans into 2018 and maybe even beyond.
"I would just like to point out that Mariah Carey's new year's performance was the highlight of this year".
2018 is off to quite a start.
Whether or not Carey will be able to prove she has the chops she says she does or not remains to be seen, but we can bet it something spectacular, one way or another, will be seen and by millions and millions of people. 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.
Mariah then belted out her iconic track Hero to the delight of the crowd.
This time around, however, the siren has had a chance at redemption, and the general consensus is an appreciation for a major upgrade from last year's blunder. She let everyone know, "Found my tea!"
The awkwardness increased exponentially from there, as Carey stood onstage without singing, throwing slight asides to the audience like, "We didn't have a sound check but it's New Year's, baby, that's OK, you guys", and "I'm trying to be a good sport here".