Former "American Idol" judge Mariah Carey has been accused of lip syncing at the 2013 BET Music Awards -- and it's not the first time she's been caught with her voice out of sync. The pop diva performed her new song "Beautiful" with a little help from pals Miguel and Young Jeezy at Sunday night's awards show, but critics pointed out that at times during the performance, the 43-year-old songbird's lips were moving when they shouldn't have been.
Carey's hubby (and, more recently, her mouthpiece) Nick Cannon told E! Online, "My wife is a perfectionist and clearly because she's done it right all her life. So she actually puts a lot of work into these performances. There's no management helping make decisions. Everything you see is all her, whether it's a collaboration when the lights hit, how she enters, she's doing all of that."
All her, but was it via a pre-recorded track?
During a 2008 appearance on "Good Morning America," Carey appeared to be lip syncing when her performance of "Touch My Body" wasn't on track with the background track. She even scolded a backup singer mid-song for singing her part during the performance. (You can see it here, and yes, we're pretty sure that backup singer's employed elsewhere now.)
Earlier this year, Carey caused a whole lot of hoopla when her performance on the "American Idol" finale looked to be lip synced. The diva's medley of her hits "Hero," "Vision of Love," "We Belong Together," "Make it Happen," and "My All" was pre-recorded and did not air live, but her rep adamantly told Entertainment Tonight: "No, She did not lip-sync! She sang 3x and even sang additional songs for fans in between [commercials]."
While lip syncing is widely frowned upon in the music industry (just ask Ashlee Simpson), Carey's "Idol" lip sync scandal may have been her worst because the show's premise is all about finding the best live singer in America. But in 2009, Season 1 runner-up Justin Guarini told the New York Times the show's group performances are actually lip synced.
"Every single year we can't stand the group performances," Guarini said. "I know they can't stand it either. And I think what makes them even worse now is that they're lip-synced. They're really prerecorded now." (FremantleMedia North America rep Manfred Westphal confirmed the charge, saying, "Due to extensive choreography and to balance their voices with open mikes against a screaming audience, the Idols do sing along to their own prerecorded vocal track during the group performances only.")
But what about when they're off the "Idol" stage? When Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery performed his song "The Trouble With Girls" at the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, his pre-recorded vocal track started playing before he even opened his mouth to sing. In fact, his mic was no where near his mouth as his voice blasted from the speakers! You can see McCreery's Turkey Day trouble here.
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