The technical limitations of a parade float do not allow musicians to perform live. Thanks to a broadcast delay, Rita Ora’s 2018 performance did not go as planned.The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in New York on Thursday morning, featuring an ensemble of A-list celebrities and musicians. Among them was English pop singer Rita Ora.
Ora performed her latest single, Let You Love Me , but it quickly became apparent she was lip-synching when her mouth wasn’t moving along to the words. It appeared worse than it actually was, thanks to an audio delay in the broadcast.
An influx of criticism flooded her Twitter feed following the less-than-smooth performance, with many questioning her talent.
That’s when fellow performer and lip-syncher John Legend stepped in and backed her up, explaining that he lip-synched too, along with every other performer, due to the technological restrictions of a moving float.