“Stop singing my part now, baby!”
Classic! R&B songbird Mariah Carey had either seen one too many butterflies or she was clearly trying to cover up a poo-poo mess by putting a backup singer on blast for her own ‘vocal malfunction’.
This 2008 performance on Good Morning America saw the Grammy-winner hot on the promo trail for ‘E=MC 2’, the follow-up to her 2005 critically/commercially acclaimed comeback album ‘The Emancipation of Mimi’. Lending a live performance of her then (and last) #1 smash ‘Touch My Body’, the song may have led her ‘E=MC2’ album to #1 on the album charts, but another formula was about to lead Miss Carey to shame…backing track + malfunction = red face.
For, as the song’s seemingly simple arrangement grew more difficult for the once-soaring songbird to deliver, Mimi wasn’t looking too emancipated as she stiffly struggled through the set – relying heavily on the backing track. And then, as Milli Vanilli would have it, the playback on the backingtrack went wicky wack. We’re sure Ashley Simpson was to blame. Unlike Vanilli or Simpson, however, Mimi has proven time after time she’s got the chops. Just a little mixup we suppose.
Maybe she should take a leaf from fellow diva Beyonce‘s book…’Sound!…somebody’s getting fired!’