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Mariah Careys Fabulous Reality Show Is Here to Save 2016

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Few reality depicts are as fun to watch, and few reality superstars are as funny and self-aware, as’ Mariah’s World’ and its famous star. Come for the diva. Stay for the diva making fun of herself.”>

Its Mariah Careys hour. Both immediately and seasonally.

The pop music icon is launching her new docuseries, Mariahs World, on E! Sunday night, a cleverly timed debut at the height of whats become Mariahs season: Christmastime.

Thanks to her catchy, near-perfect pop anthem All I Want For Christmas Is You, Carey has become as omnipresent over the holidays as rotund toy deliverymen with cookie addictions. She begins an annual residency at New Yorks Beacon Theater Monday night, where shell dutifully sing the hit each night as well as a bevy of other holiday classics.

On Friday night, we watched as she entered a Brooklyn stage recline on a sleigh, crooning All I Want For Christmas as men garmented as toy soldiers danced their style into a Rockettes kick line behind her.

There was no better, or truly other way to open the VH1 Divas vacation concert, which also featured Vanessa Williams and Patti LaBelle and will air on Monday night. There is no better way to open the holiday season. There is no better way to open what is, thanks to Mariahs World, Mariahs time.

Mariahs World is great. Few demonstrates are this fun to watch, because few reality TV subjectsexcuse me, Carey favor the word documentary, darlingare as self-aware as Mariah Carey, and certainly dont boast her crackling sense of humor.

Yes, Mariah Carey is hilarious. Maybe you already knew that. If not, Mariahs World will be a revelation. Shes self-deprecating in a unique style, making fun of herself for her diva reputation and the presumption that her life is all champagne and diamonds while she drinks champagne and picks out diamonds. The entire show is one fabulous wink.

Oprah told me dont let anybody think that you dont know how to put your shoes on anymore, as four people literally help her put on a pair of high heels while she stands in a private yacht in Capri wearing a ball gown. Shes actually right. The problem is these shoes are abusive.

Her manager Stella Bulochnikov observes the scene. You know theyre going to cue in the evil music, right? she says. And the presents editors oblige.

Throughout the entirety of Sunday nights premiere episode, Carey stimulates the joke before you can. She knows what you think of her and she embraces it, in all the ways that perception is both true and untrue. It adds a level of awareness that is rare in the delusional world of reality TV, where characters craft narrations for themselvesstart drama, to use the genres clichin order to manufacture notoriety for themselves.

Carey doesnt require reputation or a narrative. She already has both, in spades. So Mariahs World, then, becomes what the singer actually aimed: a documentary.

The show chronicles preparations and then the execution of her 25 -country world tour, which Carey is undertaking while planning a bridal to fianc James Packer. The couple had now been broken up, which adds nuance to Careys anxieties about marriage schemes. In the premiere episode alone, for example, Carey defers the weddingat Bulochnikovs urgingin order to focus on tour prep.

Asked about continuing to film the series even after the relationship objective, Carey told the Today demonstrate, I cant give somebody that much power You gotta keep on pushing. And about rumors of a romance between Carey and dancer Bryan Tanaka, she said, I refuse to answer that on the grounds that it might incriminate menot as much as the series itself, which plays up Careys flirtings with Tanaka, might.

But its clear that the goal of the show isnt to exploit Careys personal life, though her two children and ex-husband Nick Cannon do appear on it. Its to somewhat canonize Carey, demonstrate her run ethic to those who doubt it, and serve as image control for an icon whose image is everything. Its an insight into a world people might not see, Carey says early in the episode.

The level of awareness is constant. When Bulochnikov is introduced, the reveal immediately addresses the rumors that she is manipulating Carey, hungry for reputation herself, and tyrannically pushing people close to Carey out of their own lives so that she can have greater control. The present doesnt kill those rumors, but more interestingly acknowledges that they are there, flashing screenshots of tabloid articles about Bulochnikov while Careys makeup artist tells Carey that the staff is uneasy about her.

Stellas viciously honest, Carey says. Im happy when a persons not a backstabber and says things immediately to your face.

TV fans are typically happy about that, too, which builds Bulochnikov, regardless of her motives, a fantastic reality Tv character. She says ridiculously tyrannical things, like telling a new assistant shes not allowed to date for the first year of working for her, while also harboring a sort of sociopathic attraction to Careyconstantly praising her and telling her how much she loves her. Its super weird, and truly entertaining to watch.

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