6. Amy Winehouse
It’s hard to pin down just one performance by Amy Winehouse that resulted in a disaster. The story never stops being tragic, but this is perhaps the most tragic moment of her career. On June 18 this past summer, Amy kicked off what was supposed to be a 12-leg European tour in Belgrade. When she took the stage, though, she was booed off, apparently too drunk to perform. She couldn’t remember the name of the city she was in, the lyrics to her songs, or the names of the members of her bang. She later cancelled the entire tour, intending to sort herself out. She was found dead a month later. Sad.
7. The X Factor
A mild scandal occurred at the beginning of November when it became painfully obvious that the opening group number on vocal competition show The X Factor was—gasp!—lip synced. At around the 26 second mark, contestant Leroy Bell kinda sorta screwed up. Apparently, though, the group numbers for a variety of vocal competition shows are lip synced—even on American Idol. The reasoning behind it is that it allows the contestants to save their voices for the moments when the scoring matters. Ho hum.
8. Lauren Alaina
Christina Aguilera isn’t the only singer to have flubbed “The Star-Spangled Banner:” American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina joined the club on Thanksgiving this year at the Lions-Packers game. Watch her blank on the lyrics 27 seconds in. The five seconds of silence that follow are the longest five seconds ever.
9. Britney Spears
Ever wonder how Britney can do all of that crazy dancing and sing at the same time? We have an answer for you: She lip syncs pretty much all of her concerts. She really came under fire for it in 2009, though, during her Australian tour: Apparently, a number of disgruntled fans walked out when they discovered that she was lip syncing. Britney has never really made a secret of the lip syncing, though, so I suppose at least we can’t accuse her of flat-out lying, right?
10. Milli Vanilli
Maybe I’m dating myself here, but who could forget this one? Milli Vanilli had a string of hits in the ‘80s—until it came out that frontmen Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan weren’t the ones singing. The voices of the group were actually provided by Charles Shaw, John Davis, Brad Howell, and twin sisters Jodie and Linda Rocco, who record producer and Milli Vanilli mastermind Frank Farian believed did not have a marketable image. After the big reveal on November 12, 1990, Milli Vanilli’s Grammy was withdrawn. Milli Vanilli later tried to release an album actually featuring themselves—but it was a commercial failure. Let this be a warning to you about the dangers of lip syncing!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.