Concert review: Mariah Carey finds her voice in Singapore, after all

Audiences get ready for Mariah Carey's two hour concert at the National Stadium on Oct 24, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NATASHA ZACHARIAH
Audiences get ready for Mariah Carey's two hour concert at the National Stadium on Oct 24, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NATASHA ZACHARIAH
Fans in Singapore got to hear Mariah Carey's signature high notes and runs during her two hour concert at the National Stadium on Friday night. -- PHOTO: UNUSUAL PRODUCTIONS
Fans in Singapore got to hear Mariah Carey's signature high notes and runs during her two hour concert at the National Stadium on Friday night. -- PHOTO: UNUSUAL PRODUCTIONS
Mariah Carey performs in Singapore at the National Stadium on Oct 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: UNUSUAL PRODUCTIONS
Mariah Carey performs in Singapore at the National Stadium on Oct 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: UNUSUAL PRODUCTIONS
Mariah Carey performs in Singapore at the National Stadium on Oct 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: UNUSUAL PRODUCTIONS
Mariah Carey performs in Singapore at the National Stadium on Oct 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: UNUSUAL PRODUCTIONS
Mariah Carey performs in Singapore at the National Stadium on Oct 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: UNUSUAL PRODUCTIONS
Mariah Carey performs in Singapore at the National Stadium on Oct 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: UNUSUAL PRODUCTIONS
Mariah Carey performs in Singapore at the National Stadium on Oct 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: UNUSUAL PRODUCTIONS
Mariah Carey performs in Singapore at the National Stadium on Oct 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: UNUSUAL PRODUCTIONS

"Why so afraid, Mariah?"This was the question on this reviewer's mind as Mariah Carey, one of the best known pop divas in the world, took to the stage at the National Stadium on Friday night.

Prior to the songstress even touching down in Singapore, there was already much diva behaviour to deal with.Initially no media reviews of the concert were allowed and the press were definitely not going to take any pictures of the voluptuous 44-year-old star.

It seems as though Carey was scared of a little criticism, lest she messes up on stage.

What had happened was Carey had been lambasted for her previous shows, as she launched The Elusive Chanteuse Show in Asia. Fans and media in Tokyo and Seoul gave her flak for failing to hit her famous high notes and going off-key, with videos circulating online of evidence that the star might not have the X-Factor anymore.

But fans in Singapore were treated to a different show - complete with the high notes and runs she is known for. And for most part, she hit those delicious high octaves with ease, giving me goosebumps, of the good kind.

Clearly Ms Carey needed a few practice runs before she got the hang of performing live again.

The two-hour show (shockingly, it started at 9pm as stated) was a showcase of the songs that made her a superstar in the 1990s: Heartbreaker, Honey, Emotions and Fantasy - all from her early albums - were crowd favorites.

And to show up her critics, she constantly sang, even talking to the crowd in a sing-song voice to prove that she could still, well, sing.

In the end, those famed vocals hardly proved elusive, after all.

natashaz@sph.com.sg