Toast of the Coast

MARIAH’S MAGIC MOMENT

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M ARIAH Carey has thanked her Aussie ‘‘lambs’’ for wait­ing 15 years to see her live on lo­cal soil.

The US singing su­per­star, whose tour starts on the Gold Coast on New Year’s Day, says she is look­ing for­ward to bring­ing hus­band Nick Can­non and their chil­dren Down Un­der.

‘‘Dar­ling, I plan to give my lambs in Aus­tralia my all so we can share in the ex­pe­ri­ence to­gether,’’ she says.

Carey refers to her loyal fan­base as ‘‘lambs’’ just as Lady Gaga calls her fol­low­ers ‘‘lit­tle mon­sters’’.

Carey last vis­ited Aus­tralia in 1998 on her But­ter­fly world tour, dur­ing which she per­formed a duet of

Hope­lessly De­voted To You with Olivia New­ton-John.

‘‘It is really hard to make sure I see all of my fans around the world. It has been a case of wait­ing for the right time to make the trip,’’ she says.

Carey says has felt the strong sup­port of her Aus­tralian fans dur­ing her 20 year ca­reer.

‘‘I have been so lucky with my ca­reer and my fans are really di­verse, rang­ing from those that have stuck by me right from the be­gin­ning to my new fans who have joined along the way,’’ she says.

‘‘I have the best fans in the world and they know that’s how I feel. My fans and I have an in­cred­i­bly strong con­nec­tion, since the be­gin­ning they have named them­selves the Lambs, it was just some­thing I used to say to them.’’

Carey, 42, is one of the top-sell­ing fe­male artists of all time. Since break­ing on to the scene with her self­ti­tled de­but al­bum in 1990, she’s en­joyed hit af­ter hit with songs in­clud­ing Emo­tions, Dream Lover, I’ll Be

There, Hero and Fan­tasy. Her sales num­ber more than 200 mil­lion and her awards list in­cludes five Gram­mys, 17 World Mu­sic Awards and 31 Bill­board Awards.

‘‘There are so many women who helped pioneer the mu­sic busi­ness for all of us,’’ she says when asked about her in­spi­ra­tions.

‘‘Really, there’s too many to name. For ex­am­ple, Aretha Franklin, Bar­bra Streisand, Diana Ross, Patti La­Belle and Chaka Khan.’’

Carey’s hus­band will per­form DJ sets across the coun­try – the first time they have per­formed to­gether. An­thony Cal­lea (Gold Coast) and An­drew De Silva (Syd­ney, Mel­bourne) will also play sup­port slots.

‘‘I re­mem­ber what a beau­ti­ful coun­try Aus­tralia is and what in­cred­i­ble fans I have there,’’ Carey says.

‘‘The ab­so­lute high­light of the trip was swim­ming with dol­phins in Perth. They are so beau­ti­ful and that ex­pe­ri­ence really stayed with me.’’

Carey and Can­non, 32, were mar­ried in the Ba­hamas in 2008.

Their one-year-old twins, Mon­roe, a girl, and Moroc­can, a boy, will be trav­el­ling with the cou­ple.

‘‘Of course I’ll be with Nick and the ba­bies, it is the hol­i­days. I really want my ba­bies to see the kan­ga­roos, the koalas and the dol­phins,’’ she says.

As well as tour­ing, Carey re­cently signed on to the judg­ing panel of

Amer­i­can Idol with Keith Ur­ban, Nicki Mi­naj and Randy Jack­son.

‘‘The most im­por­tant thing to me is be­ing able to work with some de­serv­ing con­tes­tants,’’ she says of her new job.

‘‘There are so many that are truly tal­ented and I’m really ex­cited to be a part of help­ing them re­alise their dreams.’’

Jupiters presents Mariah Carey, Nick Can­non (DJ set) and An­thony Cal­lea at the Gold Coast Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre (sold out) on Tues­day. Amer­i­can Idol screens on Ten and Ten SC from Jan­uary 17.

Singer Mariah Carey makes the move to TV as a judge on Amer­i­can Idol.

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