Is the prank on Mariah?

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Re­al­ity TV au­di­ences have come to ex­pect the drama in their favourite fly-on­the-wall shows to be closer to Dis­ney than a doc­u­men­tary se­ries.

But when you’re Mariah Carey — pop diva with­out peer, — daily life ap­pears to de­liver one head­line-grab­bing mo­ment af­ter the other.

Take for ex­am­ple, her lip synch snafu on New Year’s Eve, when Carey’s team claim she was “set up to fail” by an au­dio prob­lem that saw her storm off stage, mid­way through her mid­night set in Times Square.

Had the cam­eras on her “docu se­ries” Mariah’s World been rolling, it would have been the per­fect car crash TV for fans, as well as her many fren­e­mies, who took to Twit­ter af­ter the mim­ing melt­down to pan the per­for­mance as “the last great celebrity death of 2016”.

Carey han­dled the me­dia frenzy which fol­lowed with sur­pris­ing seren­ity, tweet­ing to her 17.1 mil­lion fol­low­ers: “s--- hap­pens ... here’s to mak­ing more head­lines in 2017.”

It was just the kind of crazy thing her re­al­ity se­ries could have done with, in­stead of re­ly­ing on overtly-scripted “crises” like the bat­tle be­tween her back-up singer and dance lead; or her show-mance with Bryan Tanaka, the 27-year-old ac­cused of com­ing be­tween her and bil­lion­aire James Packer.

Iron­i­cally, the singer is at her best in this be­hind-the-scenes show when she’s act­ing the fool with her en­tourage; es­pe­cially when as­sum­ing her al­ter egos like Bianca Storm or as tough tough-talk­ing talk­ing “aunt”aunt Pamela, who ter­rorises tour as­sis­tant Molly with a hi­lar­i­ous prank call.

WATCH MARIAH’S WORLD, E!, MON­DAYS, 1PM AND 9.30PM

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