If you’ve been on social media lately, you will be aware the Mariah Carey’s performance of late have been, well… a little bit off. It seems like every time the infamous pop diva takes to the stage, she performs with all the gusto and energy of a wet flannel, and her former choreographer has dished out the dirt on what is really going on with the superstar.
In a revealing interview with Complex, Mariah’s former lead choreographer, Anthony Burrell, says that the star just doesn’t give a f*** anymore.
Burrell has worked with plenty of big names, ranging from Beyoncé, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Brandy, but says that his former boss doesn’t want to be onstage. Speaking about the recent lackluster performance, Burrell holds no bars, saying: “It’s just typical Mariah. Mariah is clear: when she doesn’t wanna do something, she doesn’t do it. She’s performing with lackluster and no f***s given, and it’s taking away her star.”
However, it is when Burrell talks about his working relationship with Mariah, that he really starts to dish out the dirt on what it is like to be part of her entourage.
Burrell says that Mariah was always a challenge to work with as she’s not necessarily a dancer by trade. While she might be a brilliant vocalist, Burrell says that he tried to push Mariah out of her comfort zone.
“Working with an artist like Mariah, who’s not a mover first, it’s always a challenge to get them to think physically and not just vocally. You always have to keep in mind that they’re a singer first. The priority is not teaching them 100 counts of 8, or endless routines.
“I wanted to give Mariah a modern push to revamp her, give her a fresher, more modern feel, make her more aware of her body and her lines, and not look like her feet hurt when she’s walking.”
Over time, Burrell says that Mariah came to trust his creative vision. However, he believes that since they parted ways in January, Mariah no longer has a team of people that she can trust.
“You’re a legend, but you don’t care, your team doesn’t care. They’re not guiding and directing her. She’s back to where she was before. It’s not like she’s never looked this bad before; I just stepped her game up.”
Not done there, Burrell revealed that he believes Mariah’s team have been letting her down for some time now.
“It felt like they were so new at their jobs, and had no direction. When you’re green, you’re playing things by trial and error, and there were a lot of errors. I was very vocal about things that weren’t right.
When you try to take a shortcut and you don’t know the clues, you’re bound to get f**ked up or screwed, because you don’t have the experience of running a tour or a billion-dollar empire. Some of the dancers her team hired are great dancers, but they’re not choreographers or creative directors.”
While Mariah was never a Beyoncé-esque, all action performer, she was usually relied on to give a good vocal performance at least, but even that seems to have taken a backseat in her most recent performances. It remains to be seen if the diva will ever get back to her best, but given the gossip dished out from Burrell, I wouldn’t hold out too much hope.