Well, at least she definitely wasn’t lip synching. Taylor Swift was the marquee performer on last night’s New Year’s Rocking Eve on ABC, performing her two biggest 2012 hits, “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” She looked lovely in her shimmery red zip-up and leather pants, and the crowd (including always-game correspondent Jenny McCarthy) seemed enraptured by her performance, but bless her heart, it just wasn’t Taylor’s night. She sounded off-pitch throughout the two songs, and missed badly in the big notes for both—especially on the cathartic “NO!” that leads into the final chorus of “Together,” which elicited audible cringes from everyone in the room where we were watching.
Still, all’s well that ends well, and the gossip rags caught Taylor at midnight smooching with her pop star boyfriend, Harry Styles of One Direction. Harry wasn’t performing that night, but was there to support his American Girl—very sweet, so let’s hope she didn’t ask him what he thought of her performance. “Oh, brilliant, Tay, really, just brilliant. Couple, er, uh, tough notes there, but nobody’s perfect, and uh, it’s a new year now anyway, innit?” 2013: The year of Harry Styles sleeping on the couch. Maybe.