Gomez was performing an elaborate dance routine and jumping up and down while singing "Slow Down" in front of a massive audience at the October 10 concert, when she misstepped and fell off the stage onto the catwalk below. Luckily for Gomez, her fans helped her up after she dropped to her knees. She immediately continued on with her performance, apparently unhurt and unfazed.
Even more notable than Gomez's impromptu stage dive was how she didn't miss a beat. Yes, even as the 21-year-old was doubled over offstage and screamed, "Ouch!" into her microphone, her backing track kept right on rolling. "All night long/baby slow down the song" played on.
Yes, unless she was showing off some previously unknown (and awesome!) ventriloquism skills, it was pretty obvious that the former "Wizard of Waverly Place" star was lip-syncing.
Check out the video of Gomez's fall here, which occurs shortly after the three-minute mark.
And we're not the only ones who noticed. As the clip went viral Monday, commenters had a field day on YouTube, with haters going toe to toe with Selena apologists.
- "She basically just whips her hair and dance all around to distract the fact that she's not really singing," opined onlooker Diane Larrington. "Stop singing please. You're murdering music."
- "Lol she should admit that she can't sing," commented Francesco Liebl.
- "I don't care if she sang live or not…her performance was AWESOME," insisted Selena loyalist Molly Osama.
- "She only uses playback for this one song, I saw her in London and she sings live all the way through so don't say she doesn't. It's people judging her talent that makes her use playback," Elysia Brown said in Gomez's defense..
- "Guys, you know if she had enough talent she would actually be singing the song rather than having to dance and shake her butt to entertain the crowd," wrote the unimpressed Caroline Kounanis.
Truth be told, it was fairly obvious that Gomez was lip-syncing even before she fell down, since her vocals were far too polished and perfect for someone who was dancing and running around the stage. And this isn't the first time her lack of live chops has come under scrutiny. Both Kid Rock and Ed Sheeran were critical of Gomez (along with the bevy of other lip-syncing stars) who mostly mimed their way through the Billboard Music Awards last May (though Sheeran later backtracked).
In any case, the good news is that Gomez, who has remained mum on her latest lip-syncing snafu, came away from last week's mishap unscathed — even if her ego may have gotten a little bit bruised.
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