Is the prank on Mariah?
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