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It’s Mariah Carey’s world; we’re just living in it. Making an entrance in a barely there black lace dress and fishnet stockings accompanied by half-a-dozen muscled, shirtless men, Carey proceeded to charm journalists with her signature kooky, diva persona.
Holding a glass of Veuve Clicquot aloft, the pop star pleaded: “I want to share a splash with you guys! Can we do this? Cheers, darlings. Cheers.”
Journalists gathered in the Beverly Hilton ballroom at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour Wednesday were provided with Veuve as well, for what was the last panel of the day for Carey’s upcoming E! docuseries Mariah’s World.
The eight-part series will follow her on her upcoming European tour and also chronicle her personal life, including wedding plans to her Australian business manager fiance James Packer.
Carey hopes viewers will get a more realistic portrait of her. “I don’t know that anybody really knows the real me. Hopefully they’ll see other sides of me that they either find entertaining or does something good, instead of something bad. I can be bossy, but I try to be a nice person.”
The series also will feature her children, 5-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe, with ex-husband Nick Cannon. But she admitted that the amount of access to her children is still a point of discussion with Cannon.
“Here’s the thing: They could have their own show because that’s how funny they are,” said Carey, referring to her children. “I just have to figure it out — with Nick — how much they’re in the show. They’re in my life. We’ll see. I think it should be sparring.”
Carey was coy when one critic asked if Cannon, who hosts NBC’s America’s Got Talent, would also be in Mariah’s World. “I can’t speak for [him]. He’s his own person. He’s cool about coming around the show.”
“So he will be in the show?” the critic pressed.
“Well, I said he came around. I don’t know what makes the final cut,” she said to uproarious reaction from the champagne-plied journalists.
“I’m sorry, was that rude in some way?” she asked faux innocently. “I’m so not trying to slay anybody.”
Carey was also asked what she learned during her time as a judge on American Idol. That question she completely dodged: “Oh, it was the most abusive experience,” she said, lifting her glass. “By the way, you’ve just driven me to drink.”
Mariah’s World premieres Sunday, Dec. 4 at 9 p.m. Watch a trailer, below.
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