Mariah Carey Visits ‘The Tonight Show’

was on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Wednesday to promote her new album ‘The Emancipation Of Mimi’ and perform her new single ‘We Belong Together’. Mariah and Jay talked about Carey’s “cocktail dress”, swimming with dolphins in Australia, Mariah-isms, and fans getting tattoos of her – including one who appeared on ‘People’s Court’. Read on for a transcript.

Jay: My first guest the biggest selling female vocalist in pop music.

[ Screams and applause ] Here’s her new cd right here. “The emancipation
of mimi” debuted recently at number one. We’ll talk to her first and then
she’ll perform later. Please welcome, mariah carey.

[ Screams and applause ]

Jay: Wow, great dress. You look great.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Mariah: Amazing.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Jay: Guys have two reasons to applaud. That’s nice.

Mariah: Very nice. Amazing crowd.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Jay: Would that be a a cocktail dress?

Mariah: I don’t know. I heard you serve cocktails here.

Jay: We do have cocktails. But I always hear women are looking for the
perfect little black cocktail dress.

Mariah: This is an alia.

Jay: Not sure what that means but it works.

Mariah: A designer who makes it. And I guess it’s a cocktail dress.
I don’t know.

Jay: It looks —

Mariah: If I have a cocktail later I guess.

[ Cheers ]

Jay: Hey, you know, I — I found this out. You’re in the guinness book
of records. This is pretty amazing. Explain.

Mariah: The — there’s a couple of different —

Jay: I know one is —

Mariah: No, no. I’m like — I don’t even know, because it changes every

Jay: For the highest note ever recorded.

Mariah: That was for the performance in the super bowl.

Jay: Okay.

Mariah: That’s amazing. I’m just honored to be —

[ Cheers and applause ]

Jay: Wow. Were you consciously going for that record?

Mariah: No, no. I had no idea what the record was. But it was like you
know you can — you’re doing a performance and it’s like I can either the
last note of the star spangle banner that’s always that — the free note.
I might as well go up a a little bit.

Jay: Yeah.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Jay: Here’s a really dumb question. This shows how little I know about
music. They say you always, like, watch these movies though go “ah!” And
the glass would break. Does that really happen?

Mariah: Oh, I don’t know. There was a story, though, about this girl
and this was told to me. So I wasn’t there. So I can’t say if it’s true
or not. But it was told me that there’s a little girl who was playing one
of my records over and over. And this actually would be interesting for
you, because I know you have — I don’t know how many cars is it?

Jay: A few cars.

Mariah: A couple cars. So, a few cars. Anyway this was a regular garage
maybe two-car garage. The girl was — kept playing the record over and
over. And her mother didn’t realize she was doing this and saw the garage
door kept opening up every time the high note would hit. She thought somebody
was playing a trick on her. But it turned out the note was activating something
in the thing. I don’t know.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Jay: And any guys with pacemakers —

Mariah: I would knot hope not.

Jay: The only other — only — only a dolphin can hit that note?

Mariah: That’s what they said.

Jay: Ever think of swimming with the dolphins and —

Mariah: I love swimming with the dolphins! That’s my favorite.

Jay: Have you done that?

Mariah: I have. First time I did it was in perth, australia. It was
fabulous. I try to go all over the world wherever I can. I didn’t realize
that about the note with the dolphins or I would have been trying to —

Jay: You could have been talking. Are the male dolphins — are the male
dolphins more friendly than the female dolphins?

Mariah: They say you have to be very careful when you pet the dolphins
because, you know, like all beings, they reproduce. And you have to be
careful where you put your hand —

Jay: Like all guys, you mean?

Mariah: Well, okay. You know.

Jay: They get excited.

Mariah: A little, yeah.

[ Jay imitates dolphin ]

[ Laughter ]

Jay: Now, let me ask you about this. You’re on the cover of “fhm” magazine.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Mariah: I like the pictures on the inside better than the cover. I love
the people. They were very nice. It’s just not my favorite shot. You know
how you cannot like certain shots of yourself.

Mariah: Woman in audience: You look beautiful!

[ Cheers and applause ]

Jay: This one over here.

Mariah: I like that one.

Jay: This one here, this is your communion —

[ Cheers ]

Mariah: Well, that — it wasn’t my communion. But it —

Jay: Your first communion shot.

Mariah: It’s for the guys you know. This is a subscription to the —

[ Jay imitates dolphin ] It was laying down, you know, moment that’s
more relaxing.

Jay: More relaxed.

Mariah: Yeah.

Jay: Now this one here, this one I know, see — both straight guys and
gay guys like this one.

[ Cheers ] Straight guys like the pose. And gay guys like the outfit.

Mariah: Yeah, the ensemble, right.

Jay: There’s one more. Oh, this one here. Now, apparently you have a
lot of — is that moths in your closet?

Mariah: Could be the moths. Could be the moths. I don’t know.

Jay: They’re all beautiful pictures. Look, I tell you what. We’ll take
a little break and we’ll talk right after this. More mariah right after

[ Screams and applause ]

Jay: Welcome back. Talking with mariah carey. I was reading — you know,
I was reading the article here, and in the article, you said — well, you
did these pictures because you thought you had, like, a — what was it?
A mary poppins kind of image?

Mariah: No, I don’t know. They just told me do the pictures, so I did
the pictures. No, but I did — I have said that about mary poppins, which
is more just about me in terms of, I’m not really — I mean, I do take
a little sexy pictures and stuff like that. But my friends make fun of
me because I’m very much mary poppins when it comes to, like, you know,
little topics of conversation. I’m kind of a prude, believe it or not.

Jay: Really? Wow. You know, you really could have fooled me.

[ Laughter ]

Mariah: I know, I fooled them all. Whatever. It is what it is.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Jay: So basically — basically very innocent?

Mariah: Well, I guess. I guess so.

Jay: ‘Cause you also said in here you always have to teach men how to
kiss? What is that?

Mariah: I haven’t read the article yet, so I know that I did say that.

Jay: Okay.

Mariah: But I know — I know that I said it because people have told
me that I said it.

[ Light laughter ] But what I — what I really — more than teaching
men how to kiss, it’s more like a social thing, where — let’s say you’re
at a party.

Jay: Okay.

Mariah: And you know, you’re a a female and you’ve gotten yourself together.
You know, you’re dressed, you got your makeup on and stuff. And then, like,
some guy who’s hanging out dancing, sweating, drinking, comes up, and he’ll
give you, like, a huge kiss on the cheek and your makeup is completely
a wreck.

Jay: Like I just did when you walked in?

Mariah: No, you were good. Because you know, you’re a pro.

[ Laughter ] But most of them you have to teach them —

[ Cheers ] No, but it’s true. I mean, the guests would be upset. So
you have to teach them, just a little simple, the air kiss, like we did.
Like of the little —

[ Cheers and applause ] Like that. And then we save the makeup, but
we get the closeness. You get familiarity. You know, it works.

Jay: So that’s S.K., Safe kissing.

Mariah: S.K., Ooh, we like that.

Jay: Safe kissing.

Mariah: S.K.

Jay: Well, that’s like — ’cause I know you have your own slang. Don’t
you? You have a whole lot of, like, mariah slang.

Mariah: Kind of. Well, it’s just like, you know, I’m sure you and the
guys here have — I’ve heard about it, notorious actually.

Jay: Well, guys always have —

Mariah: Hand signals.

Jay: Yeah, guys always have some kind of, you know — for example —

[ Laughter ] Even men. Like, a guy from ethiopia could walk in here,
who doesn’t even speak english, and he would go —

[ Laughter ] And it just —

Mariah: Exactly. Those would be jayisms.

Jay: Those — no.

Mariah: Manisms.

Jay: Mariahisms, we call them.

Mariah: Right.

Jay: So what are some of yours? What are some of yours?

Mariah: Oh, dear. Well, that’s one of them, the “oh, dear.” They make
fun of me because I say the “oh, dear.” But it happens when it’s like,
you’re at a loss for words. And then I think there was — I said, you sort
of throw a a little bravado at the end of it just to really emphasize it
when you’re really feeling like, you know, sort of against the world, like
I’m feeling right now. You just need to let it out and just go, “oh, dear.”

[ Laughter ]

Jay: Kind of like — more like aunt bea or something from “mayberry.”

[ Laughter ] “Oh, deary.” So you have one, like, let’s suppose you’re
talking with a a girlfriend and, like, just the cutest guy in the room
walks in.

Mariah: Right.

Jay: And you want her to know but you don’t want him to know. Is there
any word that —

Mariah: Yeah.

Jay: Like, what would that be?

Mariah: You would say hot tamale.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Jay: Even I would know what that means. That doesn’t —

Mariah: Or we could just say H.T.

Jay: Or, H.T., Well, sure, sure. Okay. And, you know, you have some
dedicated fans. I met some earlier today.

Mariah: Yes.

[ Screams and applause ] I do.

Jay: A lot of people — a lot of your fans have you tattooed on their

Mariah: It’s amazing. I really have the world’s best fans.

Jay: Show this one here. What is this first one? That guy — all right,
there you go.

Mariah: Oh, it’s in color, too.

Jay: Yeah, that’s not bad, okay.

Mariah: But can people really tell that’s on a guy’s arm, though?

Jay: I hope that’s his arm.

[ Laughter ]

Mariah: Oh, dear.

Jay: Better be his arm or we’re in a lot of trouble.

[ Laughter ]

Mariah: Exactly.

Jay: No, some of them have gone overboard, haven’t they?

Mariah: Um —

Jay: I’ll tell you — did you ever see an episode of “people’s court”?
There was a guy who had — apparently, he had you tattooed on his body.

Mariah: Yes.

Jay: And he felt the tattoo artist didn’t do justice to you and was
suing because his tattoo was not as beautiful — do you know this story?

Mariah: I saw it. Somebody taped it for me because I didn’t believe

Jay: Right, right.

[ Laughter ] And so I saw it. And it was just — it was interesting.

Jay: Yeah, it was odd.

Mariah: No, it’s an honor that somebody would do that, but I couldn’t
believe it made it to “the people’s court.”

[ Laughter ] Growing up, I watched “the people’s court,” and I’m like,
I’m on “people’s court” as a a tattoo.

[ Laughter ]

Jay: Now, look, I know you’re going to go change and do something, and
then you’re going to sing for us when you come back.

Mariah: Yeah.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Jay: Mariah, thanks a lot. Be back with mariah carey, right after this.

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