Mariah Carey didn’t bomb this New Year’s Eve. That should be a headline all by itself. Last year, her performance was not only awkward, it was just plain awful. This year, it was much better. However, Mariah Carey labeled her own show a disaster. Then she demanded hot tea. Just freaking bizarre. The 47 year-old pop diva broke up her live gig to ask for a beverage despite redeeming herself with a flawless performance. “They told me there would be tea,” Carey said to the audience, before exclaiming. “Oh, this is a disaster.” Her singing is awesome… her personality, not so much.
For some reason social media thought this was hilarious. And it started a whole bunch of memes. Perhaps that is what Carey intended. It’s hard to tell. “The first meme of 2018 was Mariah Carey asking for hot tea,” said one amused fan on Sunday night. Another added: “”They told me i’d have hot tea” famous last words of 2017- Mariah Carey.” Another said, “I’m using that line every time I’m disappointed in 2018.” “Mariah Carey demanding hot tea is exactly how I hoped the year would begin,” said another. One person declared, “I now think 2018 is going to be amazing – Happy New Year to all. Especially @MariahCarey.”
I’m not the only one who wasn’t smitten here… even CNN was less than impressed: “Warmly ensconced in the bleached hide of Falkor, the golden diva and the two full-sized Tiffany chandeliers hanging from her ears wailed us into the New Year. There was confetti and sparkly nude illusion dresses and a little gospel choir and expert vocalization. It was all very on-brand.” Oh, yes it was and more.
Others saw her as angry… “the right way to enter 2018” and one other stated, “If Mariah Carey can make it through that performance without her hot tea, then I can make it through another year.” Good luck with that. Mariah Carey is infamous for making outrageous demands. She’s vain, egotistical and a pain in the butt. But she has a heck of a voice. She evidently decided all of this was funny and shared a picture with a tea cup later that night, telling her fans, “Found my tea!” It looks like a calculated publicity stunt to me.
Last year was a nightmare for Mariah Carey and the rest of us after her performance ended in total disaster and she was furious. Mariah last year skipped the soundcheck and let a stand-in do it, which in retrospect was a bad idea. TMZ reported that Mariah Carey completed rehearsal this time without any issues. She treated the Times Square audience to some of her biggest hits from the 1990s. Carey hit the stage looking glamorous as usual in a white fur coat over a long golden gown.
Carey opened up with her 1990 monster hit Vision Of Love. Then she played into the diva bit. “I’m just going to take a sip of tea if they’ll let me. They told me there would be tea,” she said, but no hot drink materialized. This must have been an attempt at humor… I think. “Ugh. It’s a disaster. OK, well, we’ll just have to rough it. I’m going to be just like everybody else with no hot tea,” she bizarrely stated. Is this her way of relating to the masses? If so, it didn’t work. Mariah dedicated her next number to people “who make this a better place, a more united planet.” I’m sure that was a dig at Trump. The singer then launched into her 1993 ballad Hero with backup singers in white robes behind her.
“Happy New Year! I love you!,” she said after her performance as she blew a kiss to the audience. Gag. Show host Ryan Seacrest, 43, later asked Mariah about her performance after the ball dropped. “I’m feeling better than last year,” she replied. Well, that would not be hard to do. I remember last year and still cringe when I remember it.
Social media came unglued after all this. What did you expect? Carey is an elitist. She shouldn’t try to be one of the unwashed masses… it just comes off angry and lame. Pathetic comes to mind. It looks like Kermit will have to move over… we have a new tea queen. Such as she is.
And now the Mariah Carey hot tea will be the first meme of 2018. pic.twitter.com/wN4KITyBlj
— Milmiskew (@Milmiskew) January 1, 2018
MARIAH CAREY ANGRILY RAMBLING ABOUT HOT TEA ON DICK CLARKS NEW YEARS EVE SPECIAL IS THE RIGHT WAY TO ENTER 2018
— #1 jar jar binks fan (@laurajoycex) January 1, 2018
I would hate to be the person who was supposed to bring Mariah Carey her hot tea!!!! #NewYearsEve2017
— Holly Frazier (@DanceMomHolly) January 1, 2018
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