With former judge Jennifer Lopez scheduled to make a performance comeback later in the show, it was up to Mariah Carey to ‘really make the show her own,’ as they often tell the contestants. Carey stood tall in an astonishingly decadent fishtail dress replete with crystals, maribou feathers and was herself dripping in jewels.
Realising perhaps that dancing isn’t her strongest point, the 43-year-old dispensed with any gimmicks and just stood still save for a few hand moments as she slammed straight into her incredible back catalogue. She stormed through a seven-minute medley of some of her biggest hits, including Vision of Love, Make it Happen and Hero, before ending with #Beautiful. The last of those songs debuted at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week as Carey’s 45th entry on the chart to date.
It was classic Mariah, and though some critics slammed her on Twitter for appearing to lip sync, her fans seemed generally happy with the treasure trove of powerful ditties. And Mariah had a secret weapon in the form of a certain Mr Randy Jackson. Her fellow judge stepped forward at the end of the song and bashfully accepted the applause still rattling away for Carey’s crowd pleasing melange.
Carey could be preparing to bring her minimum thread counts and feathered costumes to a city near you soon. A source told E! that Carey is in discussions for a world tour and with her future on Idol looking uncertain, this could definitely be the way forward for the diva of divas.