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Mariah Carey Performs Medley on 'American Idol' Finale (Video)

Mariah Carey Performs Medley on 'American Idol' Finale (Video)

Mariah Carey takes to the stage looking beautiful to perform a medley of her greatest hits during the American Idol Season 12 Finale on Thursday (May 16) at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

The 43-year-old judge performed her songs “Vision of Love,” “Make It Happen,” “My All,” “Hero,” “We Belong Together,” and her current single “#Beautiful”.

“Thank you for supporting # beautiful and making it #1 on R&B! #L4L!!!!!!!” Mariah tweeted after finding out that her new single has become her 27th number one on the R&B/Hip Hop charts.

Mariah Carey Performs Medley on ‘American Idol’ Finale (Video)
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  • Jess

    A really good performance overall, but I can’t help but feel that her diva “moments” are a bit much in those medleys. With the wind machine and the way she keeps on flailing her arms/hands, there’s too much going on – makes it hard for people to relate to her. Besides, it seems that she’s lost her vocal range, since it’s not as good as it used to be – which I guess is common with aging. I love that she just stood there for a good two minutes after the performance. She wants to see that standing ovation goddammit (which of course she feels she deserves – if not the entire audience bowing down to her majesty)! Ugh… #typical

  • katie

    what a voice *bows*

  • katie

    oh nvm she lip-synced

  • Melrose


  • @ Diver


    People like you are really stupid. You’ve learnt one word and will use it to death because it makes you seem knowledgeable on music, lipsync.

    Ha! She’s not lipsyncing, get a life and expand your vocab.

    Find something else, smarts don’t work for you.

  • Amanda K.

    When you sound flawless live, you lip synch….when you sound terrible, you can’t sing! You sounded amazing Mariah.

  • Austin

    I am a HUGE Mariah fan…but you can not argue the fact: She was better singing live 20 years ago. Most of this performance is just production.

  • Melrose

    @@ Diver: and you find a new life, cuz dealing with REALITY isn’t working for you. All our ears are hearing the lipped and dubbed production. DEAL. All our eyes are seeing & cringing at the mismatched mess. DEAL.

  • sdf

    awful. grow up

  • Steven

    She lost a lot of her vocal power, but she can still sing! She is a great singer

  • Rye28

    She sounded good, love the new song!

  • Q

    She lost her voice a long time ago. Shame.

  • Krits

    Lip Sync. Smh. I was really looking forward to her performance but it’s obvious that she is not really singing. This fan is disappointed.

  • krane

    I have to agree that she is lip syncing. Mariah is one of those artists that makes face expressions and body movements when she is hitting certain notes. With that said, she looks uncomfortable trying to stick to the tracks.

  • Greg

    Yeah that was a bummer. I’m surprised that she would lip-sync. She has the greatest voice of all time, but of course it’s natural that she would no longer have the pipes she had when she was 20. Still, she always will be, simply and purely, a music legend.

  • Well

    She’s still more talented than that Nasty Minaj chick.

    Much respect Mariah.

  • christopher brisson

    @Melrose: Shame on you for attacking Diver who was 100% accurate in his brief comment “Lip Sync.” Were you not watching the television screen tonight? Are you vision-impaired? Mariah was CLEARLY lip-synching, and not doing a very good job of it at that. The fact that her vocals are indeed complicated, made it all the harder (and more obvious) that she couldn’t replicate the right physicality in her attempt at lip-synching. What a major embarrassment for the show and a sign of disrespect to the contestants.

    Let’s face it, Mariah has written exceptional songs and has an impressive voice–one of the most celebrated in the business–and yet somehow she lacks the confidence to sing live on Idol? Week after week the contestants (many of whom are amateurs) are required to learn new songs to sing and have to render them live. And they do it–often to amazing effect. Whereas “legendary” Mariah only had to sing her OWN songs, some of which she’s sung literally hundreds of times, and yet couldn’t be bothered to do it live. Are you kidding me? And it’s not like she was busting her rump dancing for 5+ minutes like J-Lo. Mariah stood stock still in her mermaid gown while “singing.” There is simply no excuse for what she did.

    The fact that Ms. Carey got paid SIXTEEN MILLION DOLLARS to be a truly feeble judge is criminal enough; that she couldn’t earn a few of those pennies by singing live on the finale…DEPLORABLE! Good riddance to her when they finally announce in a week or two that she won’t be back for next season.

  • LawdJesus

    AHHHHH STFU already. she performed most of it lived, and completely did her high notes live. she had a back track for the chorus but, who gives af tbh lol she’s still an amazing singer who gave a great performance.

  • http://@hnybfli Matthew

    Fact #1: Performance was taped one day prior to finale, following the Wednesday live show and was performed 3 times;
    Fact #2: AI/Fox Producers edited the 3 performances into 1;
    Fact #3: Mariah, Jessie J, Jlo, etc…all used a background track;
    Fact #4: Nicki still has Zero #1′s (when I speak of #1′s, I speak of the only chart that the people care about…The Hot 100′s)
    Fact #5: Mariah still has 18 #1′s, the most of any solo artist and second only to the Beatles.
    ***An interesting side note is that of those 18 #1′s, all but one was written/produced by Mariah. That song being the cover of the Jackson 5 hit I’ll Be There, from the Unplugged Album.

  • Michael

    @ christopher brisson, you are truly a moron!

  • ssdsad

    LOL at her pressing her ear and acted like she hit that high noteā€¦.

  • Rocky

    Loved my girl! She looked beautiful last night. ROCK IT MIMI!!

  • No Autotune

    People, save your breath when talking to a generation of losers that thinks autotune is singing. Mariah LOOKED like she was lipsynching in the ’90s when she did everything live (you can go and check out the old concert performances). I have seen her lipsynch, but listening would clearly let you know if this whole performance was a track. Lipsynched or not I will take real music and un-autotuned vocals anyday!! #MC

  • advertbandit

    There’s a slight delay during her singing on the audio they sent out (not live) and its still there after she’s finished singing and just talking so its a technical issue with the broadcast. Sorry no drama just great singing.

  • enya


  • Luz

    I had missed the show for I was watching another channel but as soon as I found out that Adam sung on he show, I went to find him and I see that he is wonderful and his voice amazing. Adam kept his voice down as to not outshine his female duet partner. Adam sang just so beautifully and his duet partner kept up with him. At the end, she gave him a big hug. Adam is so classy. He was the king of the ball and he got much applause.

  • peggy

    are you people for real? have you never heard her sing before? what a joke her performance was. I bet nicky loved it.

  • The True live

    Stupid FOX. If you want to listen to the really live performance not those jackaXX es at fox’s dubbed version. it’s here

  • Vicki

    She did NOT sing live, nor was there a standing ovation. It was pre-taped an awful. I was there. She even left her seat during the act and did not return until next act was over. Also, Keith Urban was pre taped as well…and then the Aretha bit….. Well, quite honestly that adds up to about 30 minutes of the audience just sitting there. I have been to 3 finales now and have NEVER seen this before.

  • kevin

    Lip Synching – of course she was!
    Just about as disappointing as that new song and video she debuted on idol. I think all that money and fame over the years has got Mariah drinking to much her own bath water…..can anyone say EGO!
    Did you forget your singing roots Mariah?

  • JD

    It was quite obvious to me at least that Mariah, has or is suffering from a severe back injury, here are some things I noticed over the last few episodes, she rarely got up during the shows, IE standing O’s, she did not turn in her chair faced forward, during the finale she stood still barely moving, yes she lip synced because it Obviously caused her pain to take a deep breath, the mic stand was a re-enforced pole on a moving platform for her to hold on to in order to keep herself upright and finally and most telling in the beginning of the show randy Jackson nearly carried her down the steps during the introduction all this and personal experience leads me to believe she has a severe back injury but the show must go on.

  • fatal

    looked stupid-could barely move she is so stuffed in her mop dress-and pre-taped and edited while “singing” to your studio track is just the same as lipping it-JLo mopped the floor with her and that stupid dress-and then the hateful jealous skannnkk tried to sit thru a standing O -she realized that she was making a complete idiot of herself and then she stood up but could barely do it because her dress was so tight that is just pathetic-MeMe is an overarted stripper too old fat and ugly to do the strip part and apparently can’t sing live anymore either-total fraud-FOX should sue for their 18 mil back she was a total waste of cash

  • Boo:)

    Who cares if she lip synced? We all know she can sing anyways.