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Miss Ross Booed in Jamaica, Mon

1/28/2008 6:56 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Oh, the diva has gone and done it this time!


Diana Ross pissed off a crowd of 40,000 at the 2008 Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival on Saturday, where Miss Thing, 63, was booed and heckled by Jamaicans attending the festival in Montego Bay -- after organizers told them that "to honor Miss Ross' wishes, she will not be shown on the monitors." That news was greeted with widespread hissing. Oh no she didn't!

Patrons in the stadium-sized arena were unable to see the diva onstage, so they called for organizers to put her performance up on the big screen. "It was at the eleventh hour that her manager said she wouldn't allow us to IMAG (In Vivo Imaging) her performance," said a concert promoter, "and, if any cameras were present, she would not go on stage."

Hisses turned to full-out boos when Ross started her set with Supremes hits -- and the crowd beyond the first section couldn't see her -- and the booing continued throughout her set.

No Makeup -- Click to LaunchFestival spokesperson Carlette DeLeon issued a statement Sunday blaming Ross for upsetting the Jamaica crowd, saying, "The much anticipated performance of Diana Ross on Saturday proved somewhat disappointing to many patrons who expected a very interactive set. Miss Ross' request to have a restricted display of her performance however, inconvenienced patrons who were left feeling distanced from the stage and her performance."

Attendees paid from $80 to $307 to watch Ross -- who was reportedly paid $300,000 for the gig -- perform the hour-long set with fellow headliners Mary Mary, Billy Ocean and KoKo Taylor.
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rachel    


She screwed over and killed Florence Ballard. She deserves to get booed, the beeeyyyoooottcchh

2438 days ago
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Brenda    

The witch was lip syncing that's why she didn't want live video streaming...all that money to come to paradise to do this to us...she can strike Jamaica off her list never again will she be asked/paid to perform here. This Island is too full of beautiful women who are proud of their WRINKLES, she needs to take a page out of their books

2438 days ago
63.

jackschitt    

Diana didn't want the crowd to see her hungover on the jumbotron! She is a pig.

2438 days ago
64.

Danzie    

look I'm Jamaican and at the show ..the woman not only did not want to be put on the big screen so her fans at the very large venue could see her she lip synced through the entire performance there was even a scratch in one of her song and they had to quickly change the track think snl Ashlee Simpson and people paid 300+ for their tickets so forgive us if we thoughtless Jamaicans booed we we're just return the thoughtlessness to "miss ross"

2438 days ago
65.

Norah    

The old broad doesn't want anyone to see what she REALLY looks like up close.
She slept her way to the top in Detroit and she thinks she's special????

2438 days ago
66.

Isshi    

I was at the festival and her behaviour was disappointing... i have friends and family who come from all over the world each year to the airj jazz festival, had to ask myself ...I flew almost 2000 miles for this?? Being that i grew up in jamaica she better thank her lucky stars that it wasnt a crowd of what we call butu jamaicans because hissing and booing would not have been all she got... i remeber being at shows were bottles and stones were thrown @ preformers in ....FYI Your DIVA passed has long been revoked

2438 days ago
67.

rachel    

I thought she was dead, and only drag queens kept her memory alive, like those who do
judy garland and barbra streisand

2438 days ago
68.

joe    

SHE WAS AS POPULAR AS ANY DIVA ON THE PLANET. TIME TOOK ITS TOLL ON HER AS IT DOES WITH EVERYONE. YOU CANT BE WHAT YOU WERE IN THE 60,S. BE WHO YOU ARE . TINA TURNER LAST TIME OUT SAT IN A CHAIR ONSTAGE INBETWEEN SONGS .WHO CARED THE CROWDS WENT WILD OVER HER . ROSS IS PART OF MOTOWN HISTORY.LOOSEN UP DIANA.

2438 days ago
69.

Vintage '51    

Strawberry Gordy: RIGHT ON!! Even back in her heyday she thought her farts didn't stink. Wrong. Her ego always has been bigger than her hair and she still has "that big hair". Her glory days are over and it's time to step away from the microphone.

2438 days ago
70.

wilmawalrus    

She's a cow - I was working for a promoter when she toured Australia about 20 years ago. She actually dissed the audience because there weren't many of them there!! Firstly, she yelled at her musical director WHILE ON STAGE, and then she turned to the audience and said "THANK you Melbourne". I've never forgotten how rude she was.

She should just run away into oblivion again so we don't have to hear about her!!!

2438 days ago
71.

Bettsie    

I don't mean to be rude but I saw Miss Ross in the Cayman Islands in 2003 and she sounded terrible and also got a close up of her and believe me she's not well preserved at all. I seen other older star's that looked great . All the nips and tucks don't help if your sixty plus and in your head you think your thirty. She has a gorgeous family who were always around her. She had her day in the sun, but for the price they charged it should have been a good show, but it sounded terrible. SOMEDAY WE'LL BE TOGETHER"sounded pitiful.Good Nite. Miss Ross

2438 days ago
72.

Chris Curry    

The funniest part of all of this is that Diana still thinks she is a big draw. An eternal celebrity. It's sad that she doesn't know many people just see her as a drunken old lady. She used to spend lots of time blaming Mary Wilson and everyone else for the poison that surrounds her. Her "revamped" Supremes tour tanked. Logic would say that she should work hard to get back to a place where people love her. She is so arrogant she truly doesn't know she is no longer there. Kind of pathetic really.

2438 days ago
73.

RR    

I went to see Diana Ross last week in Las Vegas for the Pallazzo Grand Opening. First of all, she was a no-show for the "Meet and Greet" before the concert, and then she did the same thing, and didn't put herself on the big screen. So for lots of us, we could barely see her on stage. She only sang for 30 minutes (after we all waiting 2 1/2 hrs for her to come on), and then she left the stage by saying "no more music". It was a HUGE disappointment, and I'll never go see her again. She thinks she is too good for everyone, and made me feel like she didn't want to be there.

2438 days ago
74.

Alan    

FIRST OF ALL IF YOUR GOING TO SEE AN ENTERTAINER WITH A CROWD OF 40,000 PEOPLE DON'T EXPECT TO SEE ONLY A SMALL SPEC ON STAGE. I WOULDN'T GO IF I COULD ONLY SEE THAT PERSON ON A MONITOR, THATS STUPID. IT'S THEIR OWN FAULT FOR PAYING BIG BUCKS AND GETTING NOTHING.

2438 days ago
75.

Jan    

Id sure as heck want my money back...she thinks she all that...NOT!

2438 days ago
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