Rita Ora mocked for toe-curling lip-sync fail in Thanksgiving parade

Rita Ora mocked on Twitter for cringe-worthy lip sync fail in Thanksgiving Parade… before John Legend jumps to her defense

  • All the singer at the Macy’s Day Parade lip sync during performances
  • However, Rita’s lip syncing was totally out of time with her pre-recorded track
  • Fellow performer John Legend took to Twitter to defend her

Rita Ora was roasted on Twitter following her lip sync fail at the Thanksgiving Parade on Thursday.

The 27-year-old songstress was busted on camera singing out of time when a technical glitch saw her track play about five seconds ahead of her.

As her song Let You Love Me blared, she continued smiling and waving obliviously, before beginning to mouth the words hopelessly out of time. 

Timeless: Rita Ora was caught lip-syncing it in a toe-curling moment during her Thanksgiving Parade ‘performance’ on Thursday

Directors were forced to cut to wide angle shots for the remainder of the song, while the London-based beauty silently played catch up. 

Twitter was quick to mock the singer; but when one viewer pointed out John Legend had also lip-synced, he jumped to his fellow performer’s (and his own) defence.


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‘Fun fact. 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,’ he tweeted. ‘Hope y’all enjoyed it anyway. Know that if you come to my shows, the vocals are 100% live!’

Whoops: The 27-year-old songstress was busted on camera lip-syncing when a technical snafu saw her track play about five seconds ahead of where she though it was

Miss cue: As her song Let You Love Me blared, she continued smiling and waving obliviously, before beginning to mouth the words hopelessly out of time

Pan out: Directors were forced to cut to wide angle shots for the remainder of the song, while the London-based beauty silently played catch up

Fun fact: but when one viewer pointed out John Legend had also lip-synced, he jumped to his fellow performer’s (and his own) defence

Me too: Legend insisted all the performers have to lip sync because the floats cannot handle the sound equipment

United: Shortly afterward Rita thanked him for the back-up

Shortly afterward Rita thanked him for the back-up. 

‘Fun fact @johnlegend thank you for clarifying what I was about to also tweet. It’s annoying for us but anyway!’ she tweeted. ‘All my shows are 100 percent live always have been! When you come to a ORA show get ready! Back to holidays! Have a good one guys! 🙂 X’

Nevertheless, Twitter users could not help but see the funny side. 

‘I was almost 90% sure that I am existing in reality, but after seeing Rita Ora lip sync her song off cue on a Krazy Glue float I’m not so sure,’ one posted.

Ouch: Twitter was quick to mock the singer, with the Miss J reaction meme quickly rolled out

Good job: Many congratulated the control room for cutting to wide angles of the disaster

‘Watching Rita Ora fail at lip syncing and the camera people having to cut away from her made my #MacysDayParade,’ added another.   

‘Happy Thanksgiving to the fine folks in the NBC control room who keep panning away from Rita Ora’s face because her lip-synch is off by a solid four bars,’ posted a third.     

Back on John Legend’s account, a proper discussion had opened up on lip syncing, as one follower posed the genuine question: ‘do you actually sing while you lip sync or do you just move your mouth?’

 Oh well: Rita seemed to enjoy the parade nevertheless

Real deal: Rita said having to lip sync was annoying, but insisted she sang live at her own shows

‘I sang exactly as I would’ve if you could hear me. I figure that’s the only way to believably do it. But I’m not an expert in these matters,’ replied John, whose wife Chrissy Teigen happens to be the host of Lip Sync Battle.

Parade host Macy’s poked fun at the couple when it re-posted John’s announcement he would be performing, alongside a 2014 tweet of Chrissy’s declaring ‘I cannot imagine being bored enough to watch a parade on television.’

Both applauded the social media team’s savagery, with Chrissy adding ‘(still didn’t watch) I’m sure ya did great kiddo.’   

Aside from Rita’s ‘timeless’ performance, the other lip syncings went smoothly.

The legendary Diana Ross didn’t not care the crowd couldn’t hear her, enthusiastically pretending to sing without bothering to even bring a mic.  

Who needs one? The legendary Diana Ross didn’t not care the crowd couldn’t hear her, enthusiastically pretending to sing without bothering to even bring a mic

Ashley Tisdale meanwhile was excited to share Voices in My Head, the debut from her first album in nine years.

However one performer who was not happy to settle for the lipsyncing option was Kelly Clarkson.

The original American Idol brought her own stage, band, horn section and back-up singers, so she could belt out an authentic rendition of Heat.  

The parade line-up also included Barenaked Ladies, Martina McBride, Sugarland, Carly Pearce, Kane Brown and 15-year-old Tegan Marie; the Broadway casts of Mean Girls, My Fair Lady, The Prom and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical; and or course The Radio City Rockettes.

She’s back: Ashley Tisdale meanwhile was excited to share Voices in My Head, the debut from her first album in nine years

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