Mariah Carey is set to star in her own reality television series, Mariah’s World. The New York Times first reported the the news on March 15.
“Ms. Carey will be the star of a new eight-part documentary series, ‘Mariah’s World,’ which will follow her as she goes on a tour in Europe and South Africa that began on Tuesday, and plans her wedding to her billionaire fiancé, which is to take place this spring. (No date has been set yet.).”
Mariah Carey, however, doesn’t want to refer to it as a reality television show. She just wants it to be a show about “getting to know her better.” Some people on Twitter are questioning if Mariah’s latest effort is a sign of desperation.
Good lord – Mariah Carey is doing an E! reality show from the makers of the Kardashians. Brave or desperate?
— Dan Wootton (@danwootton) March 16, 2016
To be quite honest, Mariah shouldn't do a reality show. It seems like a bad idea…
— Andrew (@ElusiveCarey) March 10, 2016
Mariah obviously doesn’t care what her critics think. However, despite trying to get permission, Ms. Carey won’t be filming at Harrods in the UK — at least according to the Mirror.
“Not many people would say no to Mariah Carey – but Harrods did. The singer wanted to film her new reality show at the posh Knightsbridge department store, but had her request declined.”
The Mirror adds that Mariah Carey wanted to shoot scenes where she treated a member of her squad to a full makeover and thought the makeup counter at Harrods was the perfect place. The store managers felt there would have been a lot of disruption to Harrod’s staff and customers.
However, the New York Post says that people in Mariah Carey’s camp think the reality show is really a bad idea.
“Mariah Carey has signed on to do a reality show for E! and the decision has left some in her camp scratching their heads. Someone of Mariah’s stature should not be doing this. Whitney Houston did a reality show and that was the real end of it. We hope that it doesn’t end up being like when Whitney did Being Bobby Brown, a Carey insider told Page Six.'”
The reports add that it was Mariah Carey’s manager, Stella Bulochnikov, who came up with the idea for the show. Sources allegedly told the New York Post that Stella runs things in a way that turns off a lot of people who work for Mariah. Her quote to the newspaper may be seen as very telling.
“If you’re trying to get into my good graces, you’re doing a wonderful job. Feel free to write whatever the f - - k you want, so all three of your readers can be amused. . . F - - k off and lose my number. You are an idiot. Mariah is on fire.”
Will Mariah Carey have the same success as Kim Kardashian, who is — perhaps — the biggest reality show star of all time? Mariah’s latest move could backfire, but it may not be such a bad idea. Ms. Carey definitely is far from the peak of her career, so a reality show that would do damage to someone like Taylor Swift can’t really hurt Carey much these days. If the reality show is done really well, it could help Mariah’s image and make her, once again, one of the biggest stars in entertainment.
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