Mariah Carey’s continuing her epic diva tour through the U.K. And thankfully, the press is there to document every little bit of it. And I’m not saying that with sarcasm – I really do relish reading about all her ridiculous demands. It’s the stuff legends are made of. Today’s demands? That she be surrounded by 20 white kittens and 100 white doves while she turns on the Christmas lights at a shopping center.
When I turn on a mall’s Christmas lights, I traditionally demand 40 tigers and three flamingos. I like a nice 1980s pink and yellow color scheme. Mariah is a little more classic with her all-white demands. To her credit, she did not demand that the kittens have their eyelids encrusted with Swarovski crystals nor their nails painted in alternating red and pink hues. So I think it could have been a lot worse. Nonetheless, the kittens were a no-go. The final dove status remains unclear. Uptight British jerks.
As one of the world’s biggest stars, Mariah Carey doesn’t know the meaning of the word No. But it appears Britain’s health and safety officials are about to teach her. They have flatly turned down her demands to be surrounded by 20 white kittens and 100 white doves as she turns on a shopping centre’s Christmas lights. Miss Carey, 39, wants confetti shaped like butterflies, her favourite insect, to shower over her at the end of her appearance at the Westfield complex in West London. The American singer had issued a string of extravagant requirements in return for her appearance at the Westfield complex in West London.
The list – known in showbusiness circles as a ‘rider’ – included being driven by Rolls Royce along a pink carpet right to the pink podium where she is to wave a wand to turn on the lights. A source revealed the model of car had to be changed six times before she was finally happy. Miss Carey, 39, wants confetti shaped like butterflies, her favourite insect, to shower over her at the end. She has also requested an entourage of 15 along with about 80 security guards.
However, it appears her demands for white kittens and doves – which were already proving difficult to track down – were just too much for her hosts. A source said: ‘We did manage to source the doves that we were going to release into the sky, but the kittens proved terribly difficult. ‘In the end, it was made clear that due to health and safety, there was no way we could have the animals at Westfield. ‘We do not allow pets into Westfield – that rule would apply for everyone. We have worked extremely hard to make sure that Mariah’s event is fantastic. Even the model of car had to be changed six times to one that her people liked.’
Before health and safety stepped in, finding 20 pure white kittens was giving Miss Carey’s hosts a headache. The simplest way would be to hire them from one of Britain’s animal acting agencies. But it was thought impossible to provide so many at short notice. Pet shops have the same problem. One worker at a shop in South-West London said last night: ‘We could get you one but not 20. For starters, all-white kittens are not all that common in Britain.’
[From the Daily Mail]
I bet Mariah also demanded that the kittens float down from the heavens using tiny pink parasols to gently guide them through the soft breeze. God what a friggin’ cute image. I really can’t argue with trying to get 20 kittens. If I were famous, my only diva demand would be to always be surrounded by oodles of tiny kittens. Of assorted varieties though. And they must be poufy. And smell like baby powder. And have bright pink paw pads – none of that brown business. I feel like I’m relating to Mariah more and more every day… NOW BRING ME MY BLUE M&Ms!
Here’s Mariah arriving at the Dorchester Hotel in London last night. Images thanks to WENN.com .