As she took the stage before cameras started rolling, Carey — dressed in a crystallized nude gown and elegant white fur coat — laughed off just how freezing it was in Times Square (10 degrees, -7 with windchill, to be exact) by giving eager fans a couple camera-made shots. “Let’s get some poses in while we wait,” she tells the main stage crowd with a half-shivering smile.
Despite clearly feeling the freeze, it was also easy to see that Carey was there to put the naysayers to rest. Once producers counted her into show time, Carey snapped out of her chill and into a roaring rendition of “Vision of Love.” Remaining stationary for the entire performance, Carey belted out every note (with a few minor crackles along the way) and allowed for her voice to shine — and show that she still has plenty of chops without the help of a backing track.
Of course, even an almost flawless Mariah performance wouldn’t be complete without a diva moment. After finishing “Vision of Love,” Carey hinted that a part of her stage setting was missing.
“I just want to take a sip of tea if they’ll let me — they told me there would be tea,” she said. “Oh, it’s a disaster. Okay, well we’ll just have to rough it. I’m going to be just like everybody else with no hot tea.”
Following up the quip with a brief appreciation for those who try to make the world “a more united planet,” Carey once again turned up the vocal valor with a run-filled performance of her angelic hit “Hero,” complete with a backing choir in white robes.
While Carey hit most of her notes and runs flawlessly, fans may have noticed that she toned down some of the more dynamic parts of the songs to cater to her lower register — something that further displayed her efforts to show she really was singing. And judging by the look on her face as the performance came to a close this year as opposed to last, no technical difficulties got in the way this time around. Even when the cameras stopped, Carey was all smiles and gushed “I love you” back to adoring fans