Stunning in two form-fitting dresses, the 42-year-old singer belted out her latest single “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” with all of the bells and whistles one would expect: male backup dancers, wind machines and a matching sheer shawl.
And in true diva fashion, Carey waited one minute and 30 seconds into the track before making her grand entrance onto the stage.
The newly-appointed ‘American Idol’ judge also surprised the audience by performing one of her classics.
After trading in her gold, glitzy frock for an even flashier black mini dress, Carey treated fans to her signature song “Touch My Body” with her pet pooch under her arm. The Jack Russell terrier, named Jill. E Beans, is just one of Carey’s five dogs — and perhaps her favorite judging by the pup’s on-stage appearance.
Hopefully, Carey will bring some of her diva-tude to the American Idol judges table when the show returns. With ratings plummeting, Fox will be banking on the singer’s signature sass to give the reality singing competition a much-needed boost.
Carey wasn’t the only artist on hand to help kick off the 2012 NFL season. No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani graced the stage — with her band — to perform the group’s first single in nearly a decade, “Settle Down.” No Doubt’s comeback album, Push and Shove, will hit shelves Sept. 25.