Did Mariah Carey just ruin Christmas with her live performance? (VIDEO)

Dec 4, 2014 at 10:57 a.m. ET
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When the hunk-fest Love Actually was released, it brought with it our new favorite Christmas song, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey. Whether you're a fan or not, this carol is a keeper.

Carey performed the tune live Wednesday night at Rockefeller Center in New York City, New York, and it wasn't good. It kind of left us thinking, "All we want for Christmas is for Mariah Carey to not butcher our favorite Christmas song."

We'll just put it out there — Mariah Carey is struggling lately. Remember that little vocal fail in Japan back in October 2014? No? Let us refresh your memory….

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Not pretty, not pretty at all. Because Carey's diva antics are legendary, she was invited to sing at the tree-lighting ceremony in Rockefeller Center, but NBC wanted to pre-tape the "live" performance. (How does that work, exactly?) Anyway, Carey's fans waited for three hours for her to show and when she finally made an appearance (on the tail end of a meeting with her divorce attorney), NBC cordially invited her to leave.

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NBC had already promoted the ceremony with a Mariah Carey performance, so they had no choice but to invite her back on the actual night of the live show. This meant Carey had no choice but to actually perform live. We aren't sure if Carey is struggling because she's going through a divorce or if her famous pipes are fatigued, but there are parts of her live performance that are cringe-worthy. About halfway through, you start to think that Carey better send those little kids and those backup singers a very generous Christmas gift for saving her ass.

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Whatever the reason for Carey's recent public flounders, it's obvious she's having a hard time on the Rockefeller Center stage. Her arms are flailing even more than usual, and she continually fidgets with her earpiece. She misses several high notes and a few low notes sort of sound like Satan climbed into her throat for a few seconds. Carey probably owes it to herself, her fans and Christmas to take a little break from live performances until she can get back on track (and on pitch). What do you think?