Mariah Carey begins a string of shows in the city of sin. So, how'd she do?
The NY Times was left less than thrilled, noting "When it came to the notes, though, the struggle was real," and added "as the night wore on, it became increasingly clear that the sounds coming through the speakers were not necessarily coming from her mouth." People had a better take, saying "and then proving beyond any doubt that she can still bring the house down with her huge range and high notes." ABC liked it too. Billboard's latest story was neither here nor there, though they did share this fun fan video of her singing "Always Be My Baby" while walking through the crowd.
Her set included the 18 #1s she's garnered throughout her career, as well as a cover of The Jackson 5's "I'll Be There." As expected, Carey received some negative attention for not hitting the live notes like she used to, and some credit her Las Vegas show as a failure, a graveyard for pop stars, but Carey has 49 more shows to prove the critics wrong.
"I'm only having a sip, darlings," Carey said at one moment in the show. "Please don't hate me because I'm parched."