“I think people enjoy seeing people have problems, which is kind of sad, but it’s kind of where we are,” said Osmond. “First of all, high-five to her for not walking offstage.”
While discussing the event with hosts Natalie Morales and Kit Hoover, Osmond was asked why Carey was unable to sing with her faulty earpiece.
“When you can’t hear, you can’t hear,” she responded. “I don’t care what you think. People think you can hear. You don’t know what to sing to. You don’t know what pitch to sing in, and they go, ‘You know, it was lip-synched.’”
Osmond — a famously seasoned performer, both on her own and with family band The Osmonds — went on to say that it’s relatively common to have prerecorded vocals for large performances.
“Just so you know, most of those big shows are [lip-synched] because they don’t want a mishap, and they want to make sure that everything is right,” said Osmond. “Do you know what I’m saying? … And so she was in a really bad predicament. I think she gave it her best shot, and she’s gotten a lot of publicity from it, so, awesome.”
Watch the full discussion from Access Hollywood Live below.