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How Mariah Carey Made Guests At The Carlyle Very Happy

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September 10, 2012 at 9:07 AM | by | ()

Over the weekend, a few guests were enjoying some light jazz during dinner at The Carlyle in New York when one of their fellow diners got up on stage and join in with the band for an impromptu singalong.

Normally, this would not be cause for much concern, except for the fact that the amateur singer in question was no amateur at all but Mariah Carey, dressed in an iridescent gold Naeem Kahn dress, honey locks flowing down her shoulders.

The appearance, we're guessing, was slightly more than guests had originally bargained for when they booked their dinner reservations. Waiters, meanwhile, kept busy afterwards picking up jaws that had dropped to the floor.

The NY Post reports that Carey came straight to the hotel with husband Nick Cannon, Randy Jackson and Jermaine Dupri after performing at the NFL Kick-Off event at Rockefeller Center. How do we know they're telling the truth? Well, for starters, she's still got on the same dress that she wore on stage. Which is definitely going to make us think twice next time we get dressed up for a fancy hotel dinner.

Since you never know what Grammy-award winning artist is going to show up at your restaurant in a designer gown that probably costs more than your house, it's probably better to play it safe and just have on a tuxedo at all times.

After singing two jazz standards, Summertime and Lullaby of Birdland (one of our faves!), Mariah posted a photo on Twitter with the caption: "During an impromptu visit to the Carlyle, singing Jazz standards I've loved since childhood."

Cafe Carlyle is known for hosting regular clarinet performances by director Woody Allen, and describes itself as "an exquisitely well-dressed classroom where guests experience and engage in the lost language of elegance and sophistication." A language which Mariah Carey, from all the evidence we've seen, is clearly fluent in. Except when she's showing up in front of the Plaza dressed like Eminem. But, then again, we all have our moments.

[Photo: Dick Johnson NYC / Flickr; inset, Jason Merritt / Getty]

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