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With New Year's Eve right around the corner, ABC is primed to give Mariah Carey another chance at helping ring in the new year after a failed attempt at last year's festivities. While some may think Carey should be scratched from the lineup of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest after her performance on stage last year, co-host of the event Jenny McCarthy believes she deserves a second chance:
One of the most exciting news stories about New Year's Eve is giving Mariah Carey that second chance that I think everybody deserves. The theme this year is 'Unity.' I had a moment saying, what do I want my New Year's Resolution to be, and then I thought about the second chance that we are giving Mariah and I thought that is a really good thing to be an example of on this TV show and carry it forward. I am cheering her on and hoping that she nails it and I think she will.
Mariah Carey will be taking the stage during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest to perform a medley of her past hits live on television. Jenny McCarthy adds to Variety that the theme of "Unity," doesn't just apply to Carey, but for a whole nation that she said has been riddled with lots of negativity through the past year. In Times Square, Carey's performance will be a "unified," effort, as other musical performances on the program will include Sugarland, Camila Cabello, and Nick Jonas.
Of course, all eyes will be on Mariah Carey specifically, as her New Year's flub last year was the most talked about performance of the night, and became the first viral pop culture moment of the year. For those that don't remember, Carey took the stage, and when the music started, she wasn't singing. Instead, Carey walked the stage and informed the audience that there were issues with the sound and she was trying to be a "good sport," about it:
Mariah Carey's camp would later state that her earpiece was having issues, which would make it hard to perform. Carey's team went on to say these were issues that were known earlier in the day, and that they were all assured it would be fixed by the time the show went live later that night. When the lights went up and the cameras were rolling, the earpiece apparently still wasn't working, which led Carey to rip them out and attempt to sing without. As the video shows, that didn't work out so well, so hopefully this year everything is set up for Carey to succeed in her shot at redemption.
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest is set to kick off on ABC on Sunday, December 31 at 8 p.m. EST. For a look at shows to watch the next day to help ring in 2018 the right way, visit our midseason premiere guide. Those still curious as to what's airing today and tomorrow that's new can visit our fall premiere guide. For a look at shows that were canceled in 2017, visit our cancellation guide.