BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Mariah Carey called on six half-naked muscle men, champagne and lots of attitude as she playfully promoted her upcoming docuseries, "Mariah's World" at the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs.
Carey made her entrance for a roomful of TV critics after the shirtless gentlemen formed a chair for her to sit on. She then moved over to a rococo velvet-and-gold couch to field questions and toss a few wisecracks around.
"So this is perfectly normal," she said, smiling. Carey's daytime outfit: a sparkling, scanty black costume with a glittering microphone as accessory. A pair of hair and makeup artists came on stage to provide a touchup during the 30-minute news conference.
"I hope you don't mind. This is part of my world," she said, slyly. Carey asked if anyone else wanted a touchup, adding, "It's very expensive."
As a pop star, she was asked, could she share the names of up-and-coming female artists she admires?
"There's a few. They would be lovely ladies - and it's not their day," she said. Her tone sometimes veered intriguingly into the realm of 1930s movie sexpot and quipster Mae West.
The eight-part E! series details the kick-off of her "Sweet Sweet Fantasy" concert tour and planning for her marriage to Australian billionaire James Packer.
"Mariah's World" premieres in the United States and Canada on Sunday, Dec. 4, followed by airings on E!'s international channels in Europe, Asia, Latin America and elsewhere.