All I want for Xmas is..ticket sales

Mariah Carey’s UK con­cert dates are just half full with days to go

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY HALINA WATTS Show­biz Ed­i­tor BY KAREN ROCKETT

MARIAH Carey fills the air­waves at this time of year – but she’s not fill­ing are­nas, with thou­sands of tick­ets for her UK gigs this week still up for grabs.

The 48- year- old singer plays Not­ting­ham, Leeds and Lon­don as part of her Euro­pean All I Want For Christ­mas tour.

But more than half the tick­ets on Tick­et­mas­ter for to­mor­row’s con­cert at the 13,500-ca­pac­ity First Di­rect Arena in Leeds were still un­sold yes­ter­day.

And there was still avail­abil­ity for Tues­day’s gig at Lon­don’s O2, with prices from £23 to £142. A source said: “It’s been a real strug­gle.”

Mariah is the best-sell­ing fe­male Be our guest, be our guest – and who wouldn’t want an in­vite to the Vardys’ Beauty And The Beast party?

Le­ices­ter City striker Jamie, 31, went all out in dash­ing Dis­ney gear and got lots of laughs from his kids. And wife Becky, 36, who was in the I’m A Celebrity jun­gle this time last year, was the clear Belle of the ball.

The cou­ple’s brood of five chil­dren, Me­gan, Tay­lor, Ella, Sofia, and baby Fin­ley, whose ages range from 12 to one, all looked the part for their lav­ish Christ­mas do.

There was even a horse-drawn car­riage and fairy­tale cas­tle com­plete with draw­bridge and pink bal­loons at their Le­ices­ter­shire man­sion.

Plenty to get keep ev­ery­one an­i­mated. artist of all time, with over 200 mil­lion al­bums sold.

On Fri­day she be­came the first to re­place her­self as No1 on Bill­board’s Top R& B Al­bums chart as Merry Christ­mas knocked Cau­tion off the top spot. And her hit All I Want For Christ­mas Is You is still a fes­tive best­seller, 24 years on.

But last year, af­ter her dis­as­trous Mariah’s World TV se­ries aired on E!, her ex Tommy Mot­tola said: “She should hire more sea­soned and re­spected pro­fes­sion­als to help her with her ca­reer.”

Sources close to her say she had a “bril­liant” 2018 and will re­turn to the UK next year.

Pro­moter Live Na­tion de­clined to com­ment.

TAR­GET Copy­ing the movie RE­LA­TION­SHIP GOALS Jamie play­ing Becky’s hand­some prince MUMMY’S PRINCESS With Sofia YOU BEAU­TIES Team photo be­fore the Christ­mas party JUMP ON, PUMP­KIN A car­riage awaits SCORE DRAW Home gets a cas­tle makeover

SU­PER­STAR But Mariah gigs haven’t sold out

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