‘Mariah’s World’ Premiere Recap: Mariah Carey Postpones Wedding to James Packer; Prenup Tension Teased

The moment we’ve (basically) been waiting our whole lives for has finally arrived. Yes, Mariah Carey has a docuseries. And yes, it’s exactly how you’d imagine it would be — and more. The fabulous pop diva’s eight-part event series, Mariah’s World, premiered on E! Sunday, December 4, and it did not disappoint. 

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Mariah Calls Herself “Awful” While Dressed as Alter Ego

First of all, this show is bonkers. It started off with Mariah, dressed as dark-haired alter ego “Bianca Storm,” lying on a chaise lounge. She introduced the show in a British-sounding accent, saying, “I can’t describe Mariah. … The world doesn’t know how awful she really is.” The episode then immediately cut to a shot of Mariah being pushed around backstage in a rolling chair, so she wouldn’t have to walk in heels. This show should win every Emmy.

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She Does All Her Testimonials in Lingerie

We could go on and on about the ridiculous and hilariously over-the-top, glamorous things that Mariah did in this episode, but this article would literally be the length of a novel. Have you ever wanted to see Mariah jump off of a yacht while wearing a gown, diamonds and sunglasses? Do you like a documentary where the subject does every testimonial shot while wearing lingerie and lounging on a chaise in front of a grand piano? If the answer is yes, this is the show for you. Watch it every day of your life.

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Mariah Hints at Her and Now Ex-Fiancé James Packer’s Conflicting Schedules

The episode kicked off with a cameo from Mariah’s now ex-fiancé, James Packer. She said of him, “My fiancé, James, has so many responsibilities. … It’s not easy for us to spend every day together.” She then revealed that he was not staying with her on her yacht, but rather on his own yacht across the waterway. Guess a couple that doesn’t yacht together, doesn’t stay together!

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Mariah Admits to Having a Lot on Her Plate

The episode followed Mariah as she prepared for her upcoming 25-country European tour, as well as her nuptials to the Australian billionaire. When consulting with her right-hand woman, manager Stella Bulochnikov, Mariah confessed, “There’s a lot on my plate right now.” Stella responded, saying, “How are we gonna pull off a wedding on top of that? … We have them colliding.” Thus, the seed was planted that Mariah may have to push the date of her wedding to accommodate her tour.

You Can’t Cry or Date If You Work for the Singer?

Stella interviewed a potential tour assistant, Molly Angany, to join the team. During their meeting, Stella said, “I have a rule. You’re not allowed to date for the first year working. … Also there’s no crying allowed.” Molly agreed but forgot to mention one pesky little fact — she already has a boyfriend. The drama!

Mariah Tries on Her Wedding Dress

We then moved on to a scene where Mariah tried on a wedding dress and mused about whether the groom would be allowed to see it prior to the wedding. She wondered, “Depends on what you feel like sticking to.” Mariah, not beholden to typical reality-show rules, proceeded to turn and look directly into the camera and narrate, “I found a wedding dress that I really love. It was made for me.” RIP, that wedding dress. RIP, the fourth wall.

Mariah Reconnects With Dancer Brian Tanaka, a.k.a. Her Current Beau

Things started to spice up with the meet-cute between Mariah and her current flame, Bryan Tanaka, back when he was just a backup dancer. Having not seen each other in a while, you could tell the chemistry was swirling when Mariah said, “Good to see you again.” OK, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch — but still! The dramatic irony was riveting! 

Tanaka introduced himself, saying, “It was around 2005, 2006 when I first met Mariah. … I think it’s gonna take some time to get back to that comfortability.” Considering they were photographed making out on the beach in Hawaii late last month, seems like they’re pretty comfortable.

Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey

Manager Says Mariah’s Prenup Is “Not Romantic”

Mariah made the difficult decision to postpone her wedding plans with James. She said to her manager Stella, “I don’t want to disappoint him, and I feel really bad.” After breaking the news over the phone, Mariah said dejectedly, “He’s waiting for me to figure it out.” Stella then revealed in a testimonial some juicy information that might be a sneak peek into why this union dissolved so quickly. Stella dished, “I’ve been dealing with this prenup, and it’s definitely not the most romantic thing I’ve seen read, [I’ll] tell you that.” Whoa!

Mariah’s Tour Is Off to a Bumpy Start

The episode wrapped up with Mariah’s dramatic arrival three hours late to Glasgow, Scotland. Mariah did not seem to be happy about her nanny accidentally packing her passport in a suitcase, causing the delay. As Mariah deplaned from her private jet, she admitted, “I’m very, very, very stressed about this whole thing. … We don’t have costumes, we don’t have a rehearsal.”

Can’t Sleep Without Her Apple TV

To make matter worse, Mariah’s new assistant, Molly, struggled to put together the star’s Apple TV. Molly panicked while saying, “The Apple TV, that’s the most important thing. … If she can’t have the Apple TV playing while she sleeps, then she can’t sleep.” We truly felt the pure terror in her voice. Molly also cried, meaning in her first day of work she’d already broken both of Stella’s rules. Guess we’ll have to wait until next week’s episode to find out if Mariah was ever able to sleep that night!

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Mariah’s World airs on E! Sundays at 9 p.m. ET. 

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