Watch Mariah Carey in the New 'Empire' Season 3 Trailer

Watch Mariah Carey in the New 'Empire' Season 3 Trailer

Is the world ready for Mimi?

Is the world ready for Mimi?

Text: Ian David Monroe

This September 21, Lee Daniels’ undeniable hit series Empire returns for its third season. The latest trailer has just been released, and it has many freaking out. That burst of emotion is mostly due to the appearance of Mariah Carey.

Fans of the show have long wished the singer would make a guest appearance, citing her legendary shade (“I don’t know her”) and diva status as the perfect resume. The show’s fierce females—Taraji P. Henson, Naomi Campbell, to name only a few—are, after all, its greatest assets.

The hype surrounding this trailer has less to do with its contents, and more to do with what it promises. Carey only makes a half-second appearance, with barely enough time to eek out the line “You always got a trick up your sleeve.” That sentence could very well be said to Daniel’s who, like Ryan Murphy, knows that a good gimmick is all it takes to keep a show alive.

How will Mariah Carey’s performance play out? Likely, without a nice Emmy cherry on top, but it will undoubtedly get viewers to tune in. She won’t even have to sing! A nice side-eye will do.

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