Mariah Carey enraptures fans in Taipei (update) - Focus Taiwan

Mariah Carey enraptures fans in Taipei (update)

Taipei, Oct. 26 (CNA) American pop legend Mariah Carey delighted fans in Taipei at a concert in which the diva reeled out hits including "Fantasy" and "Emotions" to rapturous applause.

Clad in an iron gray oblique dress, leggings and black boots, the "Butterfly" singer kicked off the Taipei leg of her The Elusive Chanteuse Show with dance-pop hit "Fantasy."

Electrified fans waved pink and blue glow sticks in the dark auditorium and held signs that read "Diva," "Mimi I Love You" and "TWN loves Mimi."

Carey then performed "Touch My Body" before greeting her fans: "Thank you darlings. How are you feeling this evening?"

"Thank you. We're having a good time here tonight with you," Carey told the over 13,000 audience at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall.

She kept things going with the mid-tempo R&B song "Shake It Off."

During the concert, a fan shouted: "I love you Mariah!" to which she graciously replied: "I love you back!"

During "Emotions," crowds screamed with excitement when Carey delivered her signature whistle register.

The diva, known for her wide vocal range, high-pitch tones and melismatic singing style, went on to perform songs such as "Cry," "Lullaby of Birdland" and "I'll Be There" before changing into a blue fishtail gown and giving an emotive performance of the fan-favorite "Hero."

"Thank you so much for being here. You guys are incredible," said the singer, who ended the concert with the encore song "Always Be My Baby."

Eric Chen, 30, who has listened to Carey's music since junior high school, said he is thrilled to come to the concert.

"She is the first R&B singer I listened to," said Chen, who purchased a NT$6,600 (US$217) seat on Aug. 30, the first day the tickets went on sale. Ticket prices range from NT$2,000 to NT$6,600

"I am here for her whistle tone. It is so amazing," said 23-year-old Wu Yi-ting, who came to the concert with her sister.

Wu said she started listening to Carey's songs since elementary school and both she and her sister would sing the diva's songs in KTVs.

Carey, who is visiting Taiwan for the first time in 16 years, is expected to leave the country for the Philippines right after her Taipei concert.

The Elusive Chanteuse Show has so far taken her to Japan, South Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. It will be held in the Philippines, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.

(By Christie Chen)ENDITEM/WH

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