THE diva delivered.
Mariah Carey trilled and shrilled her way into Australian’s hearts last night as she stepped onto the Sydney stage for the first time in fifteen years
Acting ever-the-prima-donna, the 42-year-old was around an hour late to the stage, leaving hubby Nick Cannon to keep the jam-packed 40,000-strong Allphones Arena audience at bay before turning up at approximately 10.00pm for an hour-and-a-half set.
But all was forgiven as the opening beats to a remix of Can’t Take That Way boomed through the sound system; Carey appearing in all her blinged-up glory in a short, figure-hugging mini-dress, typical of the Carey couture we have come to know.
The songbird supreme did not disappoint, her voice is as powerful as it was twenty years ago, hitting that signature squeak (G#7, think just a few keys from the top of a piano) for her 1991 hit, Emotions.
The playlist was a mixed bag of hits spanning her twenty year career and mixed vocal range, from the oldies (My All, Always Be My Baby) to the newbies (It’s Like That, Obsessed, Shake It Off, Touch My Body).
There were a few random tracks, including what Carey described as one of her all-time favourites, 1997’s Close My Eyes, along with an off-the-cuff acapella of Can’t Let Go/Love Takes Time.
Like an old-pro, Carey casually chatted to her “Lambs” between breaks, sharing personal memories and moments and joining in the Australian experience by eating a spoonful of Vegemite, only to demand a glass of bubbles to wash it down.
"It’s not that bad," she said between pursed lips.
She announced her children’s new love affair with the country, where her daughter Monroe spoke her first words – “I’m good girl” - on stage during her New Year’s show at the The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
"So Australia, my children love you!"
But it was the penultimate show-stopper – Hero - that made the crowd melt, before a soaring finale of We Belong Together. Not a note was missed.
She might be a diva, she might be demanding and she might be a little late, but damn, that woman can sing.
Mariah Carey will finish her Australian tour in Melbourne on January 5 at Etihad Stadium.
WHAT YOU THOUGHT
"It was definitely worth the money and she still has it and really made an effort with the crowd. Disappointed with the slow start, but overall it was amazing," - Melanie Bartlett.
"All I can say is that Mariah is the true professional performer, her voice was in crisp condition. 2013 is going to be a great year for Mariah Carey," - Matthew Ross.
"I’m on Mariah fever, I’m mesmerised by her aura. I’ve been to a lot of concerts and this was something out of this world," - Andrew La Delfa.
"What an experience to witness Mariah live. So much personality, down to earth, great rapport, sounded amazing. Best concert," - @EliPhillips
HQ Photos: Hollywood Reporter’s Idol Shoot
-Mariah Daily Journal, Meski-
Fox execs reveal details in their fight to reignite TV’s most important show as the diva skirmish backstage simmers on slow boil.
"There’s something a little more romantic about Mariah Carey shouting, ‘You’re going to Hollywood!,’ than Nicki Minajgoing, ‘You made it to Northridge!’ “
So cracks American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, yet here they are, on Dec. 12, deep in the suburban no-man’s-land of the San Fernando Valley, about 20 miles from Grauman’s Theatre, the Walk of Fame or any semblance of Hollywood glamour, except, of course, for the music giants taking their seats at the Valley Performing Arts Center: multiplatinum R&B hitmaker Carey, hip-hop artist Minaj and country star Keith Urban — new additions for season 12 alongside the sole original judge, Randy Jackson, who also recently started co-managing Carey, with Irving Azoff. (Recounts Jackson: “We were talking about it one day, and she said, ‘Dude, would you help me?’ And I was like, ‘I guess that might work.’ “)
Everybody knows that television is the land of make-believe, and thus, this is what’s called “Hollywood Week,” Idol's coveted and simultaneously dreaded six-day boot camp where 279 hopefuls are put through the vocal ringer, then paraded in front of the panel of judges. This year's slogan: “Others dream, Idoldelivers.”
"For the record," pauses Lythgoe, who came to the valley this time for a day of boys’ group auditions, "we have taken the contestants around Hollywood." No doubt the cameras were rolling.
Perception is tantamount in the world of Idol, which notched an impressive 10 straight seasons as America’s No. 1 show — and Fox’s crowning achievement — but has seen ratings decline by as much as 25 percent in the past two years, even with such high-profile talent as Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler occupying the judges’ chairs (at the hefty reported price of $15 million and $10 million, respectively). The Idol franchise still is worth an estimated $8 billion, while the U.S. version averaged 17.2 million viewers an episode with a 30-second ad commanding north of $340,000 in 2012, second only to NBC’sSunday Night Football, yet it can’t seem to shake the nagging stigma that it’s on the way out or, worse yet, already irrelevant.
Not helping matters: a weak programming slate for Fox, which will use Glee in the post-Idol slot Thursday nights, and the fact that a newcomer like NBC’s The Voice, which averaged 12 million viewers during its most recent season, is treading ever more closely to Idol's numbers, especially among younger viewers. (The X Factor seems, for the most part, to be a nonstarter, drawing an audience of about 8.7 million an episode.) Indeed, Idol's decline in dominance has been worldwide, as all three formats are competing against one another in dozens of territories.
To combat that has-been appearance, the Idol producers are taking their biggest gamble yet and have recruited a group of judges that feels like a powder keg. Make that one that already has exploded, when the panel’s two resident divas let grace go by the wayside back in October, launching into the sort of expletive-filled verbal catfight you’d expect to see on an episode of Real Housewives, not the most popular, most wholesome show in America.
Can’t Take That Away (Triumphant Revival Radio Edit)
Always Be My Baby
Mariah brought two special guests on stage when she held an concert at the Gold Coast a few days ago, YES!! it’s dembabies, the cuteness can’t be detained any longer while Ms. Monroe said hello for the first time and everybody agree that is the most sweet thing on stage ever.
After her amazing performance in Gold Coast, Mariah and her family flight into Sydney, Australia for 2nd concert which is held at the Allphones Arena on Thursday, January 3. Here’s you can take a look of the setlist:
- Can’t Take That Away (Triumphant Revival Radio Edit)
- Touch My Body
- Shake It Off
- My All
- Always Be My Baby
- I’ll Be There
- Rock With You
- Lets Go Crazy
- Can’t Let Go/Love Takes Time Medley
- Don’t Forget About Us
- It’s Like That
- Close My Eyes
- We Belong Together
In addition to being a part of the new season of American Idol as a judge, Mariah Carey has been in the studio working on her thirteenth album which will serve as the follow up to “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel” which came out in 2009. There has not been a lot of news about the sound or direction of the album, but it appears there will be some familiar faces on there.
In an interview with producer Bryan-Michael Cox, who co-produced her lead single “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)”, YouKnowIGotSoul exclusively learned some details on the project.
“We did like ten songs. I don’t know how many songs are going to stick, but Mariah is like our sister. We love her and she calls. She always calls and a lot of artists don’t call. Mariah is one that consistently is like “If we’ve worked before, we can work again.” I love Mariah for that because she’s a true friend. We did a bunch of songs and I think four or five may stick. We’re excited about it.”
Hitmakers Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox, of course, have played a big role in Mariah Carey’s recent comeback producing hits such as “We Belong Together”, “Shake It Off” and “Don’t Forget About Us”. Although details about the album and its release date are unclear at this point, it is safe to assume that a new single should be on the way as the new season of American Idol is set to air January 16th.