Mariah Carey’s Ex-Choreographer: She’s Performing With Lackluster And No F—ks Given

Mariah Carey’s former choreographer tells an honest truth: she could care less.

Mariah’s New Year’s Eve performance was a debacle – you know, the one where she aimlessly walked around on stage because she reportedly couldn’t hear anything (the production company adamantly denies any fault and claims she "didn't have a sound check" for certain songs).

For most, such an embarrassing fiasco would be a wakeup call. Not Mariah. She not only blamed the flub on a technical glitch, but the singer immediately fired her choreographer/creative director, Anthony Burrell. Things have gone downhill ever since.

A handful of videos have gone viral in recent weeks showing how lazy Mariah looks on stage. It appears she can barely even move at times.


In a new interview, Burrell is going in. He doesn’t sugarcoat things, telling Complex "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 fucks given, and it’s taking away her star."​

He adds his main focus was to make her feel comfortable on stage as a performer. "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," he said. "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."

Burrell collaborated with Mariah for four years. He says she leaned heavily on his creative direction, but now that he’s gone it’s clear she and her team have no idea what to do. "You're a legend," Burrell said. "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."


He also recalled how inexperienced her team was. "It felt like they were so new at their jobs, and had no direction," he said. "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 fucked 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."

Burrell threw in a couple of compliments though, calling her a "world-class artist" and "a great person to work with." Though, it certainly doesn’t sound like it.

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