The Megastar, Mariah Carey, takes the stage in Australia


MTV Australia

International superstar Mariah Carey graced the stage just before 10pm at Allphones Arena in Sydney at her sold out show last night on the second stop on her three stop tour of Australia after 15 long years. Towering in glittering stilettos wearing a white beaded mini dress, holding her sparkling microphone and flashing her pearly white smile, Mariah kicked off her performance with “Can’t Take That Away”, “Touch My Body”, and “Shake It Off”.

Every inch the diva, she fussily demanded her Victorian style chaise lounge be maneuvered into the right spot at the front of the stage before she awkwardly settled down in her figure hugging mini dress to sing “All My”. Changing into a glittery gold mini dress, she launched into “Emotions”, but didn’t quite hit those high notes the song is so well known for. As each verse built anticipation Carey pulled the microphone away leaving the crowd to sing.

The standout moment of the show was her perfect performance of “Always Be My Baby” which had the audience singing along and roaring for more. After a duet with backup singer Trey Lorenz of their 90s hit “I’ll Be There”, the vocal powerhouse changed into a glittering black mini dress to perform “Obsessed” and a crowd sing along to “Can’t Let Go”, during which she admitted “I don’t even know if I’m in the right key!”

Hitting her trademark high notes during “Don’t Forget About Us”, the crowd ate it up, and to make up for not bringing “dembabies” onstage like she did at the Gold Coast show two nights earlier, she instead welcomed a cute little six-year-old fan onstage who was also named Mariah.

After yet another costume change, the megastar returned to the stage, this time with some Vegemite in-hand – bravely eating some straight from the jar in honour of being back in Sydney. “Now if somebody doesn’t bring me a glass of champagne in 1.5 seconds everybody is fired,” she joked before performing the final song of the night, “Hero”.

Leaving out many of her 90s number ones like “Dreamlover”, “Fantasy”, “Heartbreaker”, and “Honey”, Carey returned onstage for an encore performance of “We Belong Together”. Playing up to her diva reputation, there were some debatably long interludes and forgettable costume changes – time which could have been better used onstage performing for the crowd who was so desperate to see their beloved MC.

But it’s not amazing choreography or high production value you’re going to see, it’s the larger than life personality, unique voice, and legend that is Mariah Carey.

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