This is, of course, due to the New Year’s Eve show “event,” we’ll call it. Creative Director Anthony Burrell will no longer be working with Mariah.
An unnamed source close to the situation had a simple, slightly cryptic message: “He’s not being brought back for a number of reasons.” It was his decision to remove the backup singers before they went live on New Year’s Eve, but they could have saved the performance because they could have taken over on vocals. He hasn’t addressed anything on social media yet, besides his feelings of disappointment about the situation overall.
It seems like Mariah couldn’t hear any music in her earpiece, and that means she couldn’t perform the song. A rumor is spinning that her performance was sabotaged to help with ratings of the New Year’s Eve show. See more information on all that right here.