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Mariah Carey's ex-choreographer dishes the dirt

Mariah Carey live at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow

Mariah Carey's diva level has increased tenfold in recent years, and her uninspiring performances have been trending topics for some time.

Mariah's recently fired choreographer, Anthony Burrell, has revealed just how hard it is to work with her.


Anthony was Mariah's choreographer and creative director until he was fired earlier this year. This came about after Mariah Carey's embarrassing New Year's Eve performance where she refused to sing and just stood mute, apparently because she couldn't hear her backing track.

Since then, many videos have arised of Mariah giving boring performances where she stands stiff, without much movement and enthusiasm, getting her dancers to move her around.

Burrell has explained what working with Mariah is like:

“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 it’s taking away her star.

“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.

“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."