Katy Perry called out on French awards show for lipsynching: sad or funny?

Katy Perry

Here are some photos of Katy Perry on the red carpet of the NRJ music awards in Cannes on Saturday. She won two awards — International Song (“Roar”) and International Female Artist — and performed a few times. Katy had a huge snafu during her rendition of “Roar,” and I’m including the video at the bottom of the post. She was lipsynching but not “synching” well like she couldn’t hear the music. It was a real mess, and the show’s host stopped Katy mid-performance and asked her to start over … with her real voice. Damn!

First let’s talk about fashion for a moment. Katy is wearing a mulleted white Osman dress with lots of gold embroidery. The dress is kind of a nightmare from afar but looks better closeup. Katy’s makeup looks typically heavy, but she’s still so pretty. I envy her hairline in this high ponytail (with an artificial braid) so much. Katy’s got the image down, if only she could sing well live. More on that in a moment.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Here’s a video clip of the aforementioned performance. The “technical difficulties” continued for a good few minutes. Katy looks super embarrassed when the host calls her out and makes her start over, but she powers through somehow. Her “real” live voice sounds so much different than the recorded version.

On Sunday, Katy’s performing difficulties grew even worse with “patchy vocals” on the UK X-Factor final episode. Katy wore an ugly gold bird costume and sang so poorly that she’d have never made it onto the show if she wasn’t already a pop star. I guess “image” far outweighs vocal talent in the music biz these days.

Here are some of the other outfits Katy wore to the event. The blue dress is very pretty, but these bird costumes have got to go.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Photos courtesy of WENN

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  1. Dani2 says:

    That was hilarious and painful to watch at the same time, I almost can’t blame her for lip-syncing, her live performances are always tragic. She’s so mediocre in almost every way, she performed on the X Factor too quite recently I think – it’s sad to think that the majority of pop stars probably wouldn’t even make it past the auditions-stage of the X-Factor.

    • Spooks says:

      But she writes her own songs? Does she?
      If she does, in my book, that makes her better than all the X factor acts.

      • whipmyhair says:

        Technically if an artist is presented with a song and they say “I think you should sing the chorus twice at the end.” That can give them a writing credit.

        It can be hard to tell who actually writes their songs, opposed to ‘writing’ them.

      • Dani2 says:

        I meant vocally, she’s gotten worse as a live vocalist. And as for the song-writing, the only album where she did most of the song-writing was her christian contemporary album from 2001 – and that one was a flop even by CCM standards. She usually writes with about 3-5 co-writers. She could literally throw in a single word and be called a “co-writer”. Nothing impressive there.

      • We Are All Made of Stars says:

        I do recall a story from one of her co-writers about how they would sit together and throw out ideas, like in a brainstorming session. I think she was explaining how Katy came up with the weird “Do you ever feel like a plastic bag” from “Firework” and how that sentiment became the basis of that song. Of course they can say whatever and somebody will be happy to print it, but, just in case anyone is interested or whatever.

        Also, the royalty money is in writing, not singing. If you want to rake in the big bucks from here ’til eternity, you’d better get yourself a writing credit. Hence why Michael and Dolly were/are insanely rich, and why Paul McCartney wanted to put a hit out on Michael when he outbid him for the Beatles catalog.

      • queenfreddie says:

        She writes each song with like 5 other writers. Its hard to say how much she really does. You can get songwriting credits for a single sentence. Or paying for them (lots of artist do that) IMO she is one of the worst singers on the radio and her live versions are brutal.

      • Han says:

        @spooks she doesn’t write her own songs or music. Dr luke and several other songwriters write for her. The song is presented to her. If she ads a line to the lyrics she gets credit stuff like that . Often songwriters will talk to artist to get a feeling for where they are and whats going on so they can write the song especially for them. Like Rihanna, Britney and most of the chart toppers (bar people like Bruno Mars) she has professional songwriters write songs especially for her, and the worst thing is most of the songs comes from a small pool of sought after songwriters and producers, which is why most of it sound the same.

      • Sloane Wyatt says:

        Really, Spooks?! You admire a woman who can’t sing her way out of a paperbag over proven singers? The “weird sentiment” that became the basis of the song “Fireworks” was probably more like ‘paper or plastic’!

      • Grant says:

        How does being able to write your own song outweigh your ability to sing live? I’d rather someone suck at writing songs but be able to carry a tune when push comes to shove. The only excuse I see for miming or singing over a backing track is if you’re pulling off crazy choreography during your performance (e.g. Britney circa 2002, Beyonce, Cheryl Cole, etc.). Katy can’t dance and she can barely sing, so I don’t think her lipping is justified.

        Something nice–she looks stunning on the red carpet. I love the mullet dress and those shoes.

      • Spooks says:

        I don’t listen to Katy so I didn’t know, I just read somewhere she writes her own songs.
        But I’ll take Bob Dylan over Whitney Houston any day of the week ( not that Bob is like Katy, but you know what I mean). I just don’t respected artists who don’t write their music as much as the ones that do.

      • Han says:

        @Spooks, Whiteny didn’t write her own songs really. But whitney could SING so that fully justifies her not being a songwriter. She was picked up by record labels because she was an awesome singer. Being a great vocalist is like being an interpreter, its an art form in itself, like a great bassist or a pianist. Katy, Miley and Rihanna do not write their own songs nor is their instrument on a level where that in itself is why they got signed. They are manufactured pop stars that appeals to the mainstream and behind them are an arsenal of songwriters and producers. Katy is no different from One direction or Justin Bieber.

      • ninaL says:

        Katy writes her own songs just like beyonce does too. Wink

        Katy has a couple of well known song writers that are responsible for her sound and Lily Allen called her out for taking sole writing credit when everyone in the industry knows the dudes behind the songs. This happens all the time- a family friend got screwed over by Sheryl Crowe for cowriiting a whole album with her and several others and they were given no song writing credit while she talked like she did it all herself.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Bonnie McKee is “co-writer” on a lot of the songs that Katy has supposedly co-written (along with producers like Dr. Luke, etc.).

      • gg says:

        As far as song copyrighting credits, the other writers have to unanimously agree to allow somebody to take credit. Saying you want to sing two choruses does not a songwriting credit make. Nor is there any other automatic inclusions involved. Everything must be agreed upon during the writing process and then turned over to the publishing company.

        I think it sounded better when she went off-tape – at least it proves she sang, however the quality. I am not a fan of hers but since the old days, she has gotten a wee bit better singing live. It ain’t easy and very many solo singers like her mostly use tapes live. I doubt Mariah has sung live in quite a long time if ever. If anybody did this to me onstage I would’ve been more than mortified. She gets credit from me for not showing she probably wanted to kill the French jerk for stopping her tune in midstream and calling her out like that.

      • Ramona Q. says:

        Of all the popular music Grammy nominees this year, Taylor Swift and Jack White are the only people who wrote their song(s) 100% by themselves.

    • aemish says:

      HAHA I love French people. They ain’t puttin up with that nonsense

    • QQ says:

      YES DANI YES!! mediocre in every single fucking way THAT, is katy perry, which brings me to my super baroo Face confused point; People invited THE Katy Perry we know and abhor to a live show and were pissed she hammed lipsynched?? Why? Lipsynching whilst pulling faces with some cheesy costume IS what Katy Perry be about?!!

  2. Florc says:

    Image has far outweighed talent for ages now! So many talented musicians and singers were not attractive, but were big because they had talent. Now everything is fabricated. It’s a shame.
    This digitally enhanced music is only good for cardio workouts imho.

    I feel for Katy though. She did well enough and held it together on stage. And I kind of assumed most on stage acts for recorded programs were lip synching. No one should be shocked by this.

    • Tapioca says:

      Sometimes it’s better to lipsynch – Taylor Swift performed 22 at the Billboard Awards where she was singing making her way onto the stage from the dressing room with dancers and everything was perfectly choreographed like the routine at the start of Austin Powers, but she sang live and zOMG she was flatter than roadkill!

      If she’d pre-recorded the vocals it would have been perfect.

  3. Hannah says:

    She doesn’t even sing on the records, either. It’s more like yelling.

    • Dani2 says:

      Absolutely, she does that in live performances too and she’s forever out of breath. The fact that people still pay to see her live is hilarious.

    • hunter says:

      My friend (a singer) has worked with Katy Perry and she says Katy’s singing voice is truly amazing and she’s super talented. It was just the two of us talking so she wasn’t giving me a PR line or anything. I offer this tiny anecdote just to say – I’m confused.

      • Dani2 says:

        Hmm, well there’s dozens of videos from the last two to three years that prove otherwise. She was a better singer when she first started out. I don’t know about “amazing” but she had a somewhat decent live singing voice before.

      • gg says:

        When she was hosting those award shows in the early days her live singing was beyond horrific. She’s actually gotten a little better at singing live on TV from what I’ve seen.

        Her main problem is trying to sing way out of her range. She’s forever pushing the high notes and that’s when it goes south.

    • Ginger says:

      Yes it is. I freely admit to liking a few of Katy’s songs and have them on my IPod but it seems like her habit of yelling a song instead of really singing it has gotten worse over time. I don’t even listen to her new songs. I give her credit however for going back out onstage and singing live after that announcer probably embarrassed her. Even is I don’t listen to her new songs I still think she is so pretty. Looks will go a long way in her line of work it seems.

  4. Lindy79 says:

    X Factor UK final performance was painful and she knew it.
    You could see it in her face. I remember listening to Unconditionally on the album and thinking “this is a great pop song but she’s f**ked when she has to sing it live.

    She has a terrible track record on that show, the only half decent one was the acoustic version of One that Got Away, it’s a wonder she agrees to go on it anymore.

    • Aura says:

      It was really uncomfortable watching her on the UK X Factor. I always thought she had a great voice but the chorus was completely beyond her vocal range. Poor gitl

    • Theresa says:

      What I find interesting is that the one live performance that I thought wasn’t bad was “The One that Got Away”, one of the first ever I saw. Then I saw the AMA performance of Unconditionally (which is a horrific song at best) and it was sooo bad that I had to re-watch TOTGA, just to see WTF happened. And I noticed that she barely sang it well and changed the basic tune of the song the whole time, as if to compensate for the fact that she couldn’t sing it as originally released.

      She’s smoke and mirrors. Weak voice, made weaker by her tendency to scream and yell her songs, probably brutal touring schedule and singing in octaves and keys out of her reach anyway.

      Not sure when her time will come, but it looks like it’s starting to show, people’s frustration with her performing. Like we all now know, since the AMA’s, that KP cannot sing and that it is our duty now to call her out.

  5. Winnie says:

    It sounded like bad karaoke

  6. whipmyhair says:

    That there is the difference between a recording artist and a performing artist.

    Someone like Pink would have smashed it while swinging from a hoop 10 meters up in the air. Katy’s voice struggled while she performed the choreography.

    At least she could have recorded a version to lip sync to, instead of using the released version.

    • Hannah says:

      It’s the difference between a singer and a pop star.

      • Sloane Wyatt says:

        It’s the difference between manufactured over authentic. Pop/rock music has always been aimed at kids who don’t know anything about anything and whose musical tastes, like all their other tastes, are manufactured by advertising agencies in London and New York. I feel for anyone who buys the PR crafted crapola and calls soft swirl.

    • gg says:

      Pink is the real thing. She impresses the hell out of me if she doesn’t use tapes.

      More than just being a good singer, it’s the difference between somebody who works out like crazy expanding lung power, and not just exercising their body. Pink does both which is why she’s so good. Katy needs to seriously work on her lung power so she doesn’t run out of breath onstage. This should never show.

    • meh says:

      Yeah she’s clearly out of breath. I don’t understand why she didn’t just ditch the choreography (professional dancers probably could have rolled with it relatively well) and sing to her best ability. So painful.

  7. Dorothy#1 says:

    Omg! That was painful! I am a musician and I have had a thing or two go wrong during performances and I was embarrassed but never on a scale like that. I can not imagine the humiliation she must have felt.

    • gg says:

      I am too and me neither!

      This happened to Selena recently and she dropped the f bomb and dropped the mike and stomped off the stage.

  8. MrsBPitt says:

    It didn’t even bother me…95% of the pop stars today would sound like crap without studio “artists” making them sound good…I mean, its not like I was surprised…

    • Lindy79 says:

      Agree. One of few exceptions is Gaga. As much as Gaga annoys me with her bullshit, she can hold her own singing live.

      • hunter says:

        Miley Cyrus is no slouch either. Hand to God, that girl can sing her ass off and do it live. Her acoustic rendition of Can’t Stop on SNL was amazeballs.

      • gg says:

        Totally agree with both of you. Like them or not, they are both hardcore belters and have clearly worked hard on that aspect of singing. Takes a lot of strength.

    • CC says:

      Does Katy write her music? Most of them, like Britney, Selena Gomez, etc. just lipsync to a song somebody else has written.
      I have seen a clip where Selena flips out at her sound people during a concert because they did something and it showed that she was lipsyncing.

      • Bubbles says:

        I saw that clip too. Looks like Selena isn’t all that nice as she wants us to believe.

      • Jayna says:

        Yes, she has always written most of her music, or co-written I should say. She started out in the business with her guitar and writing songs and shopping her music to labels, and that’s how she was picked up by a label. She wasn’t even a popstar then. Then that deal didn’t go anywhere and she was signed by another label and her I Kissed a Girl took off. She couldn’t even dance or anything. She from then on became a popstar.

    • ya says:

      Ya – it’s funny – Leann Rimes has so many haters, but at least she sings live.

      On the other hand, in defence of the lip-synchers, I thought it was pretty routine to lip-synch at these types of shows in Europe, usually because the shows don’t want to pay for the production values a live performance often requires. This has been the case for years – there are a ton of youtube videos from the ’70s where the singers are lipsynching – Karen Carpenter for instance lipsynched almost all the time on tv performances.

      • gg says:

        Sound equipment and recording and live performances and tv recording equipment has changed entirely since the 1970s and I’m not even limiting that to digital vs. analog. Don’t ever compare anything from then to now. Apples and oranges.

      • ya says:

        True – good point… and I guess both then and now, there was nothing stopping someone from doing an acoustic version of a track with a guitar, or singing along live to a pre-recorded backing track.

        Though I guess some singers demand rehearsal time which tv shows don’t want to pay for.

        ETA: I still think almost all of the performances on ToTP are mimed though.

  9. blue marie says:

    Ha, how embarrassing. This just proves that with the help of auto-tune anyone can sing.

  10. Kt says:

    I actually feel terrible for her. How embarrassing. I thought her live voice, while different from the recorded version, still sounded pretty good!

  11. tifzlan says:

    That was embarrassing yet hilarious at the same time. Finally, someone calls these people out.

  12. Jenna says:

    Mean, I know, but I find this funny as hell. Maybe this means there will be a sudden resurgence in new singers who can actually, you know, ~sing~ instead of just shake their backsides?

    I once had the misfortune of hearing Katy ‘sing’ live and unaided on a local radio show and I dang near wrecked my car. I can’t sing a note, but I unfortunately have perfect pitch (which is really only useful when I need to help get a lot of instruments tuned in a hurry and can’t be bothered to dig out an electric tuner – otherwise, it’s only good for helping me keep my yap shut in public and limited my own singing to the shower and the car where I can crank the volume) and dear god in heaven she was painful. And no clue on where to locate herself in relation to a live mic because every breath, every gulp, every sniff and snort was blasted through the mic – and this was well past her ‘beginnings’. It was painful to watch the host take over like that on the show, but if you have just been handed an award or are there as a special guest to show off your song – sing, or find a new talent to showcase, preferably one that doesn’t allow a mic to be allowed near your mouth.

    • Cristina says:

      Yes, it was funny, and no, not mean.
      To make you feel better, check out that video where she sings live at a karaoke bar with Robert Pattinson.
      If someone who has no idea who they are watches the clip, he/she would definitely say Rob is the singer and no way it’s her.

  13. Frida_K says:

    She and I went to the same high school. I’m older than she is, so I never even came close to crossing paths with her. However, she she became famous and was touted as being from Santa Barbara, I thought “…..WTF?” And then I read somewhere that she went to Dos Pueblos High School and I thought “Well, now that makes sense.” She definitely has that Goleta vibe to her.

    I could definitely see her at DP High. She probably got baked behind the same janitor’s building as I did, if it’s still there and standing. That (and a ditch out back) was the spot, yes it was.

  14. Rhiley says:

    I am more confused why she wants to be styled like Kyle “Splits” Richards.

  15. klue says:

    Katy & Rihanna should never sing live. They are terrible.

  16. TheyPromisedMeBeer says:

    They should have called Sara Barrielles.

    … oh, wait. Wrong song.

    • Florc says:

      She has assistance singing too, but she’s smart enough to prerecord before shows.
      I actually met her through a friend of a friend that writes songs for her. They all do it I guess.

  17. We Are All Made of Stars says:

    Pretty much like the gold dress, dislike the angel/bird costume and the blue dress. I like her and her kookiness a lot, but I really don’t think she’s that pretty. She is kind of a real girl-next-door, pretty when made up correctly, but plain/average features if you really stop and look at her.

    As for the X Factor and the rest of those singing shows, it’s kind of become a big joke that none of the “talent” would be talented enough to actually get on the show, except for the blooper reel. And you don’t have to be very talented to get on those shows in the first place. As much as I like her, I have never seen her live because I stick by my rule of YouTubing performers and watching them on legitimately live shows, like GMA or a fan footage from a concert. If they can’t hack it, I don’t give them my money. Simple as that.

  18. Miss M says:

    All these pop singers are very pitchy, but great at selling an “image”.

    Watch the movie “20 feet from stardom”. It is about incredible backup singers who are not famous, but their talents are way above the recognition they get.

  19. k says:

    Video from inside the awards:


    This shows what really happened – she was singing live but the tv playback was playing the wrong version of the track by accident.

    • Florc says:

      I don’t get it. They stopped her performance because this was all for tv? Or because she was really singing “off”?

      • k says:

        @Florc Diana is right, the playback for TV was coming from the wrong track (the actual roar single with her vocals instead of just the backing track with her live vocals). The audience heard her singing, but what the tv audience was hearing was coming from another source – which was also off by about 10-30 seconds, making it seem like she was lipsyncing really badly when she wasn’t. I think she handled it really well and I’m impressed that she was able to get right back into it and start again straight away!

    • Diana says:

      Wow, talk about bad reporting. It seems like she was singing live all along but what people on tv where watching/hearing was something else, so they asked her to start over. She wasn’t lipsynching. She’s never wonderful live by any means but she wasn’t faking here like it is reported.

  20. Cristina says:

    Finally! Someone finally called her out! This was long overdue.
    This has to be the most embarrassing moment of her career.

  21. Toot says:

    Funny! Katy rakes in bus loads of money, so I feel no pity when she’s forced into showing her lack of talent. Lucky for her some people like her gimmics.

  22. glaugh says:

    Her voice is like a cat being tortured, and that’s when she’s fixed up with autotune. Hearing her sing live is like ME being tortured :/

  23. Lee says:

    I don’t feel sorry for her at all. Even if she’s lost all credibility, she can go home and roll around in her money to console herself. And laugh heartily at the hordes of gullible fans who’ve made her so rich.

  24. Anna says:

    That’s sooo embarrassing, but you can tell she was actually trying to sing (in vids from people in the audience) but either way it sounded horrid.

    As much as people diss Lady Gaga and Beyonce, they still sound amaaaaazing live.

    (and miley when she’s singing country LOL)

  25. Jayna says:

    I don’t know about awards shows, but a lot of TV show performances were always lip-synced in France. I don’t know if that’s changed.

  26. Evi says:

    She cannot sing to save her life. She is pure record company fodder. Manufactured as they come.
    I’m surprised Elton John didn’t say something bitchy about the lip synching.

  27. paola says:

    Yes, she can’t sing, we all know this.. neither can Rihanna, or Selena Gomez, or Jennifer Lopez.. the list is endless here.. but there’s something about Katy Perry that doesn’t make me hate her.
    It’s like she knows shedoesn’t belong with all the other singers.. You can’t put Katy or Beyoncè on the same level. She probably knows this too..plus she seems very polite and ‘classy’ compared to other popstars. She might be annoying yes, but something about her tells me that she is very aware of the fact she can’t sing for s-it and she’s just enjoying what the industry is giving her.

    • itstrue says:

      I know I’m in the minority here, but I thought she came off very well here. I was kinda proud of her honestly. Had it been me, I probably would have just become a sobbing puddle.

      • Scarlet Vixen says:

        I thought she came off well, too. she could have easily pulled some diva antics, but she was polite and gave it the ol’ college try. I also thought her live vocal wasn’t horrible, especially in the circumstances.

        Here’s the thing: there are ‘belters’ in the singing world-like Whitney and Xtina who can sing powerfully. And some singers just aren’t-like Jewel or Ingrid Mikaelson. But we all WANT to be belters and play the big arenas and sing the big songs. I remember seeing Nelly Furtado sing an awards show years ago and cringing so hard for her because she was trying to sing to the rafters and her voice kept cracking because she’s just not capable. I think part of Katy’s problem is she’s a coffee house singer trying to be an arena singer.

        I don’t really get the hate for Katy Perry. Yeah, I’m tired of her talking about Brand, but I think he’s kinda gross so I don’t have a dog in that fight. She seems pretty grounded and self aware. She’s not some bitchy diva or over the top ridiculous (like Gaga). I see her as a Madonna, in that she is aware she’s limited talent wise but is very marketing savvy (and less bitchy than Madonna). She’s wonderful to her fans, which I really respect. I find her to be harmless and charming.

      • Kat says:

        You know, I did too. She sounded bad, and I think she KNEW she was going to sound bad, and she was mortified, but she did it anyway. This makes me like her more, not less. The problem with the image over substance isn’t just the Katy Perrys, it’s the industry in general. Same thing with actors – I wonder how many amazing talents we aren’t seeing because the beautiful people get the roles.

    • queenfreddie says:

      I actually think she will go back to being a christian singer in the next few years. I don’t know why but it just seems like she will to me.

  28. littlestar says:

    I wonder if her live singing would improve with vocal lessons….. ???

    Edit: I think her singing here wasn’t great, but it wasn’t awful awful either. She sounded way worse at the MTV awards a few months ago.

    • Hannah says:

      She’s probably had them. I think every major artist who’s been on a long tour has had some support from a vocal coach. Michael Jackson had one and he hardly needed singing lessons.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I thought it was awful awful. That would have been a bad vocal from a non-professional, much less someone who make their living from singing.

    • gg says:

      The day she can full-on run for an hour every day on the treadmill while singing at the top of her lungs, ON KEY, without losing her breath, is the day she can compete with somebody like Gaga or Miley or Pink. She needs to train properly.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        People throw out those names frequently, but you are correct, they are seriously well trained vocally. I saw Pink a month ago and it was AMAZING what she could do while singing. The quality of her voice was just astounding.

      • Diana says:

        I would add, Hayley Williams from Paramore to that list. That girl is amazing live.

  29. Han says:

    I don’t feel sorry for her she gets payed a huge amount of money. I feel sorry for the back up singers who gets payed peanuts in comparison and you know… can actually sing …

  30. Algernon says:

    “I guess “image” far outweighs vocal talent in the music biz these days. ”

    In pop music it does and always has. Although you could look at the overwhelming success of Adele as proof that talented singers with a no-fuss image can also make it to the top of the pop chart.

    • georgia says:

      Nose job, eye brow lift, weight loss surgery and etc.

    • Nessa says:

      I agree with everything you said… And am honestly shocked you are the first person to bring up Adele in this conversation. I love Adele. Her voice is amazing, and she sings from her soul.

  31. MissNostalgia says:

    I LOVE the dress! That’s all I have.

  32. Alina says:

    there´s a difference between a popstar and a singer.

  33. Teeny says:

    That wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been, but it wasn’t great, either. She’s a pretty face and she is well packaged for the pop world. I liked her “acoustic” version of The One That Got Away, but I’m sure that was corrected along the way. When things like this happen in a performance, it makes me wish there were more real singers out there getting notoriety for actually being able to sing.

    • lucy2 says:

      Ditto your whole post.
      It’s a shame that there are some truly amazingly talented people out there, but they don’t get a chance while someone mediocre becomes a huge star.

  34. Mandy says:

    D@mn. I’ll never understand how she got so popular when her voice sucks that much. Your image can only go so far. Or, so I thought…

    • Jayna says:

      She puts out some great pop songs is why she took off, I think. Her Teenage Dream album had a lot of great pop songs.

  35. Oh Hai says:

    I liked her live singing better than the high-pitched, artificial lip synch tape. Her real voice sounded fine to me, but I am no music expert. What puzzles me is that she seemed unaware that she was so completely off the mark when lip synching.

    It was fantastic that they stopped and restarted.

  36. Kkhou says:

    I don’t like Katy Perry, and it is nice to see someone of her stature called out for lip syncing. And, her live performance was pretty terrible.

    But, all that being said, she handled the embarrassment well, and very professionally. Remember when Ashlee Simpson danced a jig and ran off the SNL stage? So, I while I don’t like her as a “performer” I admire her ability to hold herself together and fulfill her obligations in a professional manner.

    • lucy2 says:

      Ashley also then blamed one of her band members for that snafu at the end of the episode. Classy. Not surprising that her music career fizzled out quickly.

  37. Paige says:

    She sounds like a bleeding animal and yet she still sells millions of records. It doesn’t take much talent to be a pop star. Only pop star that can sing live is Lady Gaga because even if people hate her guts the bitch can sing.

  38. Jayna says:

    She usually sings that song live, so I thought she came off fine. She never sounds good this era on her new songs ever, but it was obvious that the beginning before starting over was the album vocals. But I give her credit for handling herself well through that humiliation.

    Gaga lip synched most of her Thanksgiving Speciial and did an awful job. She wasn’t even believable. I was stunned. What in the world would be the reason for her lip-synching to a special that was being taped and plenty of time for do-overs? Gaga can sing her ass off live, so was it just laziness? Her fans kept trying to say they all do that on singing specials. Not that I know of, or at least if they do, they do a better job than her on the songs she lipsynched.

    I’ve never liked Katy’s voice. It’s a shrill, grating voice. Although, the girl can sing live. Here she is doing some stripped-down songs and acoustic numbers.. This is her Unplugged MTV special. I was actually stunned that she was good live on this special. She stripped some of the songs down to jazz arrangements. I still am not a fan of her voice but I have to admit she was singing much better than her usual big stage numbers for award shows, which are usually just bad, like the VMAs. Dare I even say the song at 8:66 she even sounds pretty vocally. I like her better in this type of setting. I also liked her when she was playing her guitar. She looks so pretty too.

    Unplugged MTV Special: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT_EE55m7Zs

  39. rep says:

    The birdcage is representative of her being trapped in performing and promoting the industries image. Who the hell would voluntarily wear that bird s#it.

  40. Dawn says:

    Who doesn’t lip sync these days and use autotune? So I can put up with the lip syncing but I hate autotune so much. Either you can sing or can’t and if you can’t and you use autotune to make it seem like you can, that is being a fake, fake, and a fake.

  41. kibbles says:

    That was terrible and I’m glad someone called her out. I’m a horrible singer and I’ve done better than that at karaoke rooms with friends. Maybe if I had better tits I could have made millions as a pop singer with the help of auto tune too. It’s ridiculous how much these pop stars with no talent can make simply because stupid people buy into the spectacle of their outrageous costumes and gimmicks to distract people from the horrible music and vocals. She is very pretty but she is starting to show her age in the terrible big bird costume on the X Factor. She’s nearly 30 and she can’t continue looking cute in stupid outfits. The same thing is happening to Britney now. Once these women are past their prime, it is all downhill for them. They don’t have the talent like Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, or Barbara Streisand that people will pay to see them live once they are too old to look good in scantily clad clothes meant for 20-somethings. It will be interesting to see what Katy Perry will resort to once she is in her early to mid-30s to keep her fan base. Britney is already losing hers.

    • Jayna says:

      She’s already said she wants to transition into more of a Joni Mitchell type career (LOL) because that’s how she started out, writing more folk-like songs on her guitar. The problem is she can’t write songs like Joni could nor does she have her vocals. But if you watch the link I posted a couple of posts above in the Unplugged clip, she is better in a laid-back setting with her music stripped down. In the middle of the youtube clip she is playing her guitar.

  42. Kimberly says:

    She seems very nice and approachable in real life…………but when it comes to her vocal ability, she SUCKS big time. I love the French even more than I did before LOL. I feel bad for her but I think that even she knows she’s a horrible singer just like many of the other pop artists today. (If only they did that to Selena Gomez & b*tchy Rihanna, that would make my day :D )

  43. Noinin says:

    She was not supposed to lipsynch actually. The French sound engineers and Katy Perry’s misunderstood each other. There were supposed to be only pre-recorded backing vocals, she was not supposed to be totally lip synching, but started the full audio, and too late. An insider said that on a tv show some time ago. The whole show was a disaster, with plenty of technical issues, so I think she handled that rather gracefully.

  44. Meggin says:

    That was painful to watch. Her real singing was awful.

  45. dontbuyit says:

    Its not a secret that Katy Perry doesn’t have a great voice without the aid of auto tune. Girl can’t sing live. Most singers in the biz can’t sing for s***. If you’re attractive and spunky, you too could be the next Katy Perry. Lilly Allen was supposed to be what Katy Perry is, but they dropped her for Katy Hudson.

  46. Zara says:

    I love how her management got rid of all the videos of this from youtube to keep it quiet lol.

  47. bess says:

    But there is one thing to always love Katy Perry for, her thighs. They look likethey belong to an actual female gendered human.

  48. Sandy says:

    That host is my new hero. Bravo Monsieur!!

  49. Nina W says:

    So are those vents at the shoulders of the mullet dress or are the seams just busted? The dress could have worked if it fit her properly and weren’t so cheaply made, it’s way too ice-capades, and so is the blue one. As usual I find her make-up too heavy.

  50. Norman says:

    I guess I’m a little old fashioned about this but remember when Milly Vanilli got caught lipsynching, it was a scandal, their credibility took a hit, they never really recovered. Now it seems like nearly every pop star lipsynchs. I think this pertains to low expectations from the audience and from the performers themselves. To the lipsynching pop stars including Katy; Is it money well spent, the money of the parents of the concert goers who go to your performances to see you not put you own vocal effort into your shows? That is something that can be best answered by the singers, the concert goers and the parents who pay for the tickets that goes directly into the salaries of these pop stars.

    • kibbles says:

      I agree. I guess I am getting old, but I feel like pop music continues to get worse with each decade. Can you even imagine some of the legends lipsynching? Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Cash, etc? Young people today wouldn’t recognize real talent or beauty because they’ve been exposed to everything fake from lipsynching and autotune to photoshopping. Nothing is real in our media culture today.

  51. mzizkrizten says:

    Its pretty much a giiven that the more outrageous the outfits and theatrics the less actual singing talent the performer has. pull people in and distract them basically.