Ricky Martin was criticized on social media for his performance at the 42nd annual Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Special.

The set, broadcast on NBC Wednesday (July 4), was filmed during Martin's "All In" Las Vegas residency in June.

The performance, which was pre-taped during the artist's show at the MGM Park Theater, featured the 46-year-old singer performing his iconic hits "Livin' La Vida Loca" and "Shake Your Bon-Bon" alongside eighteen dancers.

However, fans were quick to notice that the Puerto Rico native was singing in a lower octave than normal, and it didn't take them long to voice their opinions about Martin's performance on social media.


Another commenter wrote that the veteran musician drew comparisons to another longtime Las Vegas performer, writing, "Ricky Martin is Tom Jones now."


"ROFL! That is the worst I have ever heard your voice. It just keeps getting worse," wrote another Twitter user. 

Prior to the performance, Martin gave an interview about the significance of celebrating Independence Day which included thinking of his "fellow Puerto Ricans, who are, unfortunately after the hurricane, we are still struggling."

"We’re talking about four million U.S. citizens, some of them have no power and it’s been almost 300 days since the devastation," he added. "I’ll have them in my prayers"

As for his own July 4 plans, Martin explained he was keeping it traditional: "Like every American, hopefully, I will be in the pool, cooking an amazing barbecue—with a Latin twist to it—good seasoning, hopefully my mother will be with us."

Additional performances during the Macy's Fourth of July Spectacular included Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban.

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