Like a lovely crystal-covered phoenix, Mariah Carey has risen jubilant from the ashes of her "disastrous" New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest performance last year, having put on a perfectly adequate set as part of Sunday night's show.
The show will include five and a half hours of performances - including one by Britney Spears, who will perform from her residency stage in the Axis at Planet Hollywood - and reports on New Year's celebrations from coast to coast and around the world. Carey at first vowed not to return to the show, but she agreed to accept an opportunity to perform again. "Oh, it's a disaster". It's a disaster. O.K. Well, we'll just have to rough it. "I'm going to be just like everybody else with no hot tea".
Carey, 47, successfully opened last year's set with a rendition of the New Year's classic "Auld Lang Syne", but while she was performing her 1991 hit single "Emotions", she abruptly stopped singing, though her dancers continued performing behind her.
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It turned out to be New York City's second-coldest New Year's Eve on record. "We didn't have a sound check for this New Year's baby, it is what it is.Get these monitors on please", she said. We want to be clear that we have the utmost respect for Ms. Carey as an artist and acknowledge her tremendous accomplishments in the industry. Meanwhile, Twitter offered no tea but served her some sympathy.
It was billed as a comeback performance for the star after last year's NYE gig, which was plagued by numerous technical problems. Some critics complained because Mariah didn't hit her signature high notes, but we can safely assume that was because she didn't have enough hot tea to lubricate her vocal cords. I'm just going to let the audience sing.