Fans who tune in to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade each year likely know that the musical performances tend to include lip-syncing. With the cold weather and wind, the sounds of the New York City crowds and the fact that the floats are moving, it’s not exactly easy to put on live performances at the event.
But when Rita Ora‘s mouth didn’t seem to line up with the words on her vocal track for “Let You Love Me,” plenty of people tweeted about Ora’s reported lip syncing. The mistake doesn’t appear to have been her fault, though — based on the videos, it seems as if the track in her earpiece might have been off time.
John Legend, who also performed at this year’s parade, jumped into the Twitter conversation in Ora’s defense. “We all have to lip sync on this parade because the floats don’t have the capacity to handle the sound requirements for a live performance,” Legend tweeted, in response to a tweet about his and Ora’s performances. “Hope y’all enjoyed it anyway.”
Ora then retweeted Legend’s message, adding that her performances at her shows are “100 percent live.”
Some fans were quick to respond to Ora’s tweet with defenses of the singer, with one person sharing a video to prove that, yes, Ora really can sing.
Still, not everyone was convinced, with some people responding to Legend’s tweet that they believed other parade performers really were singing live.
Legend also took the time to answer the question that’s probably on a lot of fans’ minds. He tweeted that he did actually sing during the performance so that it would be convincing, even if the track that fans heard on Thursday was prerecorded.
Some fans might have had their Thanksgiving Day Parade love dashed just a little on Thursday, after learning that the performances aren’t really live. Still, that doesn’t make the parade any less fun to watch, and it seems like Ora and Legend had a great time performing, despite the controversy.
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