Powerhouse performer Mariah Carey didn't disappoint her massive loyal fan base at her first Australian concert on Tuesday night at The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre by opening her anticipated show with her theme song Can't Take That Away.
The diva, who is here for a series of three concerts, opened her performance in a figure hugging white spangly mini-dress and immediately set the tone with her multi-octave voice.
"Happy New Year," she yelled to the adoring 4502 pumped concert goers - who she affectionately calls her "lambs". She recalled an earlier visit to Australia before singing her hit song Butterfly on a white chaise lounge.
"I had the best time in my life here the last time I was here, the dolphins even the Vegemite I had the best time it was like a freeing time in my life - I'm not just saying that."
With her trademark flamboyance she brought her two children Moroccan and Monroe (dressed in a matching tutu) onto the stage with husband Nick Cannon and made them say "hi" in the microphone.
"It's bed time night night - I love you, kiss mummy," she said trying to deal with minor sound difficulties in the newly built theatre.
The audience, including local celebrities Sophie Monk and Ruby Rose, were lucky enough to secure tickets which had sold out in minutes upon release.
"Everything that happened last year that wasn't exactly stellar - this year is going to be a long slow wonder!" she said. "What we need to do this year - for anything you don't want to remember from the last year - listen to these tracks to shake it off," she said as she broke into Shake It Off from her album The Emancipation of Mimi.
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