Widely mocked on social media last year from crumbling through her set in 2016’s Rocking New Year’s Eve, America’s favorite diva Mariah Carey was back in the 2017 version and many agree that this time around, she nailed it.
Presenter Ryan Seacrest announced her to the delight of the crowd and Mariah did it without backup dancers this time, but stood solemnly singing, starting with ‘Vision of Love.’
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Many social commenters were glad to see Mariah return to her best role, that of singing instead of dancing, with one saying: “no big surprise - no stupid choreography allows her to focus on her breathing. so yeah, she did it…but she's still struggling to reach some of those old familiar high notes.”
In a funny pause, she did break and ask for some hot tea though, something which lack thereof she blamed for her failing voice last year.
"I'm just going to take a sip of tea if they'll let me."
"They told me there would be tea."
Mariah then continued with 'Hero' whilst standing on a raised platform in the middle of New York's Times Square, and there was no lip-syncing meltdown in sight.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Found my tea! 🍵 <a href="https://t.co/r5EIIbT5Zw">pic.twitter.com/r5EIIbT5Zw</a></p>— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) <a href="https://twitter.com/MariahCarey/status/947733819553181696?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">1 January 2018</a></blockquote>
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Ryan Seacrest admitted that lots of the crowd were eager to see Mariah give a ‘crushing performance’ this time round, stating: "I know everybody felt like, 'That is not how we want the memory to live on.' What is the memory we all want? I think it's to have a crushing performance in Times Square."
"I don't know if the idea was hers or ours, but it's a great idea, and so we're happy to have her back."