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Fans baffled by Cyndi Lauper’s awkward New Year’s Eve performance

The 67-year-old pop star performed “True Colors” and “Hope” on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest” on ABC Thursday night.

After being joined by Seacrest, Billy Porter and Lucy Hale for “True Colors,” Lauper’s glam team attempted to give her touch-ups, leading the singer to scream, “I’m on camera! I’m on camera!”

The chaotic performance called to mind fellow diva Mariah Carey’s disastrous 2016 New Year’s Eve showing, during which she was unable to hear her own song track, ultimately giving up and standing on the stage with her mouth closed and a hand on her hip.

“Well, happy New Year. We can’t hear, but I’ll just go through the motions,” she huffed, later adding, “I’m trying to be a good sport here.”

Lauper debuted “Hope” during the initial coronavirus lockdown in March. But even that apparently wasn’t enough time to get the notes right. On stage, she jumped around while attempting to sing in tune.

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