Mariah Carey Performs Medley on ‘American Idol’ Finale

Mariah Carey

“American Idol” ended its 12th season on a high note. In addition to crowning a winner, judge Mariah Carey performed a medley of her biggest hits spanning over the past two decades. The performance was taped last night and aired during Thursday’s finale.

Wearing a white mermaid gown, the pop diva belted out song after song. She started with her 1990 debut single “Vision of Love” before moving into “Make It Happen,” “Hero,” “My All,” and “We Belong Together,” ending with her latest, “#Beautiful,” which debuted at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. Her duet partner Miguel was absent, but she was joined by fellow judge Randy Jackson on bass.

Watch MC’s soaring set below.

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77 Comments

  1. Kwayzee

    lip synching :(
    liked the song selection tho

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    TeamLilKimQueenBEE Reply:

    @Kwayzee, and nicki hasen’t lip-rap before? have several seats

    what rapper lip synch a rap song

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    kate Reply:

    @Kwayzee, such a dumb bitch oh god i cant this stupid little bitch ! nicki fan lmao

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    Mariah2013 Reply:

    @Kwayzee, she only lipped certain parts, although i think all of “hero” was lipped, but most of it was live so who cares lol. she did a good job

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    Mariah2013 Reply:

    @Mariah2013, *anyway, she sings more than other “singers”

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    bobs Reply:

    @Kwayzee, HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN.

    What grass is she smokin — cuz I don’t want none of that… No ma’am.

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    Alyssa Reply:

    shame on all you who think Mariah is lip synching! You obviously have never seen her in concert. She really does have that voice and its sad that you people have nothing better to do then talk shit about a woman that not only has an amazing voice, but also writes her songs and produces her music. Haters gonna hate and Mariah will still be rich!!!

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    ... Reply:

    @Kwayzee, A whole Nicki Minaj fan trying to point out someone’s lip synching…. WOW! Need me not get on your fave, sweetheart!

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  2. Kemar

    LEGENDRIAH!!!!! I love you.

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  3. Jay Z

    Mariah shoud be embarrassed.

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    lexi Reply:

    @Jay Z, Yes she should. The woman is one of the greatest singer of all time and her ass is lip synching. Most of these girl without big voice are out here singing live, really Mariah. Get it together because who the hell is going to pay money to see you of all people lip synching.

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    Mariah2013 Reply:

    @lexi, she hasnt got anything to prove to anyone anymore so she can do what she likes lol. she has the best voice in the industry, period. im just saying

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    Nancy Reply:

    @lexi, When you’re Mariah Carey, you can do whatever the f*ck you want – but you and these other haters aren’t so you all have to abide.

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    Andy Reply:

    @Nancy, you’re pathetic. So she can rob a bank just because is Mariah Carey. How stupid you sound. She can’t do whatever she want, she CAN’T lip-sync and then expect that this industry take her seriously.

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    Nancy Reply:

    @Andy, 200+ million people have already taken her seriously. You are just one lonely worthless slave.

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  4. BEYONCELAND

    She will forever be “The Voice”. Hate all you want. This woman is the queen of queen’s and everyone knows it. LEGEND

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    Trev Reply:

    @BEYONCELAND, but Whitney was not in this video?

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    Nancy Reply:

    @Trev, Don’t go there. Sh*t starting is for losers. Don’t be a loser.

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  5. BeyonceSLAYS

    GORLLL @ Mariah Lip-Synching :x
    I Guess Legends Can’t Sing How They Use To.
    BeySUS Would NEVER! XOXO

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    BEY Reply:

    @BeyonceSLAYS, You sound dumb. Even Beyonce knows she is the queen. Beyonce has the fame and is loved by this generation. When it comes to the voice though no one has touched Mariah besides Whitney. Do your homework.

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    Trina Reply:

    @BeyonceSLAYS, Well what did she do at the innaugration?

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @Trina, she sang live to her own backing track, do your homework. fact is, it didn’t matter then & it doesn’t matter now … both women have amazing voices & are superstars of their respective times because of it.

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    QueenBeyonce Reply:

    @BeyonceSLAYS, Hun Bey did lip sing before you gots to not be a Bey fan if ya didnt know that

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    godga Reply:

    @BeyonceSLAYS,
    ha i love me beyonce and mariah but we all fucking know she lip synced at the inauguration and is suspected to have lipped her 2011 mtv performance when was sang love on top

    dont even

    mariah in her prime > beyonce in her prime
    beyonce is an incredible performer but her voice will never amount to mariahs

    give beyonce 13 more years and lets see if she still has the same voice as now (30)

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @godga, don’t let catchy pop songs like single ladies & irreplacable fool you .. beyonce can sing. mariah has a 7 octive range & beyonce has a 5 octive range. but why are you trying to compare the two? both are amazing but let’s keep it 100, if all you do is stand in one place or walk from the left to the right of the stage, then you better sing. ALL singers as they age, loose that something that they once had vocally look at whitney, look at mariah last night. those high notes were all lip synched.

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  6. DRB

    It wasn’t lipped, I heard the audio before this aired from people there and it was fine. They should’ve left it that way.

    The issue: why it looks and sounds a mess is because they dubbed the shit out of it. There was no reason to do it to that extent.

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    meme Reply:

    @DRB, i hope this was a joke. ray charles could see this was lip sych…zero questions ask.

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    DRB Reply:

    @meme, Clearly you don’t understand dubbing nor did you hear the original audio. Anything else?

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    meme Reply:

    @DRB, u shud feel very stupid to kno this was a confirmed lip syncing performance. I mean come the fuk on, i dont need to know any technical stuff to tell this was not live. The quality of her voice sounds like a tape playing straight out of a sound system, not a mic.

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    DRB Reply:

    @meme, Your last two sentences prove my point. You don’t know what dubbing is (and you’re too simple to Google or Wiki it) and you don’t know what you’re talking about.

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    Sushi Reply:

    @meme, Do some research before you call someone ‘stupid’, ‘stupid’. This video was ‘dubbed’. It’s not lip-synced. smh

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  7. HayThere

    Yeah, it was confirmed that she was lip syncing. I wanted to see if she could still hit those flawless high notes but sadly, I didn’t get to hear it live today.

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  8. QueenBeyonce

    As you can see she didnt lip sing at all she had the songs playing in the back ground which every singer does that and why hate like ya fav can top the MC I love it Mariah still got it and Im loving #Beautiful cant wait for her new cd

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    christopher brisson Reply:

    @QueenBeyonce, Why are you making excuses for her? So she was singing along to a song playing in the back “which every singer does”–oh, really? That’s funny, it didn’t seem that Keith was singing along to a background track. Or Adam Lambert. Or The Bandy Perry. Or ancient Frankie Valli Now that I think of it, the more than 100 performances the Top Ten contestants sang collectively over the course of the season–no background tracks there.

    Why are you so desperate to excuse Mariah’s inexcusable lapse in judgment? Her lipsynching was an embarrasment to herself and insult to the audience and contestants. She should be ashamed. And it certainly doesn’t make her look very smart either–did she not learn anything from the inaugural fiasco that Beyonce created by lipsynching (blamed on the weather, of course, even though Kelly Clarkson managed to sing live–and beautifully–within minutes of Bey)?

    You go buy that new CD of hers and keep her ego intact and bank account full.

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    Nancy Reply:

    @christopher brisson,

    That Keith performance sounded like hot festering sh*t and so did Frankie Valli. Adam Lambert is tone deaf screaming queen. Those are performances that you’re using to make your case? At least you could have given Jennifer Hudson credit. She was the best vocalist last night and she sang live without a question.

    As for Mariah, she doesn’t need excuses made for her because she’s Mariah Carey. That’s enough to have a huge ego without further accomplishments. When you have performed hundreds of thousands of times and received the amount of success that she has, a small gig on AI is hardly a serious effort. Do you really think that a 5 minute performance on a Fox contest show means much to a 18 #1 single record holder? Most of the audience members were under 25 and think Miley Cyrus is a vocalist.

    Don’t worry about her album sales, I’m sure many people will go pick the album up and keep her bank account full.

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    Andy Reply:

    @Nancy, “she doesn’t need excuses made for her because she’s Mariah Carey. That’s enough to have a huge ego without further accomplishments.” LMAOOO how was Mariah’s d!ck last night? HAHAHA I don’t have anything against Mariah but her fans need a f*cking life! Any musician SHOULD NEVER EVER IN THEIR CAREER LIP-SYNC. Is just horrible, I even prefer their bad voice than a fake performance. Please, stop d!ckriding Mariah, thanks.

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    DLOC Reply:

    @christopher brisson, Keith Urban’s performance was also taped the night before… HOWEVER , he didnt sing a complicated medley like MC! Although lipped performances are nothing new for Mariah, in this instance she did not!!
    CLEARLY THIS IS BAD AUDIO EDITING & its also a chance for misplaced aggression towards Mariah Carey’s art from bored people who simply cant wait to not like her…!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  9. mon88

    i forgot about mariah’s catalog of hits and that new joint with miguel is the jam mc still got it

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  10. DRB

    Somebody find the original audio. There were notes in this version that she didn’t even sing. Like… c’mon. It was seriously fine as it was.

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  11. Dots

    No shade but, Yeah she has “tha voice” but why doesn’t she DANCE? I wouldn’t pay to see her or Adele Standing all night.

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    ras Reply:

    @Dots, what an ignorant comment. all your favorite singers dont even write their own music yet you have the nerve to be judgement about a musician not dancing. get all the way the fuck out of here

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  12. #Beautiful

    #1 ALL TIME BFF & FAN I AM. so okay I dnt fukn eva hate on my homegirl Mariah but I think she did lip synchin until We Belong Together came on and then in the middle of We Belong Together it sounded like it went back to lip synching. Then #Beautiful was back to lip synching with the non-high pitch voice she didn’t do. I bet she re-did all the medley in the studio to fresh’nd up the track to sound up-to-date. Now if she wasn’t lip synching then whoever recorded this on their webcam or phone from the TV I’ve notice their was like a one sec. to two sec. delay which lookin like Mariah was lip synching or it was both but maybe if I watch’d it on TV we can see if it’s truth or not. PS. STOP BRING UP BEYONCE IN THIS BLOG POST DONT COMMENT BOUT BEYONCE ONLY MARIAH….GOT IT GOOD

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  13. BEYHIVE2013

    She was NOT lipsyncing, so stop it! People wouldn’t know real talent if it slapped them in their face. Mariah still looks and sounds great to perform at that level for 23 years. So stop it haters!

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  15. KING B

    SHE SLAYED! get it SLAYriah!

    ~Love King B

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  16. bk

    MARIAH KILLED.

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    christopher brisson Reply:

    @bk, Yes, you’re right. “Mariah killed”–her credibility, that is. 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.

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    viciuzurban Reply:

    @christopher brisson, hahaha pathetic rant.

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    Nancy Reply:

    @christopher brisson, Save you half-witted thesis. Mariah is a one-name recognizable superstar. You and your pitiful rage will just have to deal with it.

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  17. Oh God Why

    Living Legend! Don’t worry MC, you’ll prove the haters wrong, like you have time and time again

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  18. Pon_de

    She did not lip this at all. I was at the taping at The Nokia yesterday. She sang it 3x. The first time the mic kept cutting off, the second time someone threw something up on the stage from the pit area. In between takes she was ad libing, and singing snippets from a bunch of her songs and talking to the fans. There is a track for some background harmonies that came on at points but not main vocals.

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  19. Hater

    Mariah sounded like ass – she’s a judge in the show and critiquing everyone else and then she goes and lip syncs on national tv and it was so obvious – you know she can’t hit those noted anymore – what a horrible job, you suck Mariah, I’m so disappointed.. Beyonce best female vocalist ever, hands down..and I agree with whoever said Ray Charles could’ve seen that Mariah was lip syncing, it was so obvious..give it up Mariah, your singing days should be done – and you’re too damn old to be dressing like a mermaid, act your age

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  20. Leah

    this was a mess of a performance lip syncing or not. Mariah’s performances are always bland & boring. Her performances haven’t really moved me at all since the 90′s (when she actually put her all into a performance). I know she can’t dance, but at least move around or something & pretend to look like your actually feeling/enjoying it. Her performances always look like a struggle for her which is weird because 90% of the time she’s not actually singing live….

    she just needs to hang it up to be honest.

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    VSfan88 Reply:

    @Leah, that’s because she wanted to pretend she was singing it all.

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    Nancy Reply:

    @Leah, Maybe you can give her artist development. Oh that’s right, you’re a nobody and she’s Mariah Carey!

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  21. BAWSE

    This Embarrassing !

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  22. NickiLyrics

    She just don’t have it like she use too admit it. Mariah Scarey is going downhill. Oh, did Nicki pass her up with billboard entries in only 3 years? Hahahaha

    WHY THEY GOTTA FEEL THE RAFT TO KNOW WHO NICKI IS? NOT PLAYING BOSS FOREL. WHEN THEY GO AGAINST THE KID IT’S GONE COST FOREAL. CAME STRAIGHT FROM THE HOOD WITH THE CROSSSSSSS APPEAL. THAT’S WHY THESE BIG NAMES WANA TOOOOOSSSSS THE DEAL!!!

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    viciuzurban Reply:

    @NickiLyrics, cute, you can rhyme.

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    ... Reply:

    @viciuzurban, I don’t recall Nicki Minaj selling over 200 mill. How ya feel, how ya feel? Sit downnnnn!

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  23. Marv_tha_Mogul

    Here is the raw UN-DUBBED version of Mariahs Idol Finale performance.its now clear it was live100%. They dubbed the hell out of it. yall should know when shit is tapped they dub it, not to mention she had to do like three takes since they were like skits of 6 tracks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFq6fXyV3OQ

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  24. DeeJay

    People need to choose either a great televised performance, or do want interruption because she probably can’t hear herself through the floor monitor or the earpiece.

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  27. Michelle

    It’s a melody, so at some point she did sing it live

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  28. lang

    if you listen to her vocals she is singing live people always think this woman is lypsycing when she sounds good don’t be a fool Mariah had four years of rest her voice is in tip top shape believe me you serious think she would not sing live when nicki in the audience Mariah did good

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  31. tommy

    I adored her performance, it is a big artist, I took a big slap!

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  32. EveO84

    she did amazing stop the hatin

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  33. NickiLyrics

    Nicki is perfoming at THE BILLBOARD AWARDS, because she constantly breaks BILLBOARD records. Fuck performing on American Idol.

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    A Bad Bitch Reply:

    @NickiLyrics, You only said “F__k performing on American Idol.” because you’re mad that your fave (Nicki) will not be on the next season of American Idol!

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    ... Reply:

    @A Bad Bitch, Um… Wasn’t your fave performing on American Idol, last year? She’s been out for, what? 4-5 years? Don’t get slick. Mariah is legendary. I’d be intimidated, singing next to an actual singer…. OH.

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    A Bad Bitch Reply:

    @NickiLyrics, You’re the only person who cares about Nicki’s performance at the Billboard Awards!

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  34. A Bad Bitch

    She’s called Mariah Legendary, not Mariah Carey!

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  35. Jay

    Amazing!!!! Mariah will always be my girl!!!! Can’t wait for the new music!!!! :)

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  36. DLOC

    Like people who hate on ELVIS PRESLEY no matter what his great accomplishments, it seems MARIAH CAREY is facing the same scrutiny from those who just cant stand the fact she’s A LIVING LEGEND!
    For those that aren’t fans of her music,Mariah has become a favorite target-sport for vicious lies & mean spirited opinions..(MC is simular in this way to MJ)If these hypocritical people were TRULY offended by lipsyncing, than where’s THE HATE FOR J-LOW!! WASNT SHE A JUDGE??

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