Mariah Carey announces Las Vegas residency, will fill in for Celine Dion

Mariah Carey has signed a lucrative Las Vegas residency deal. The pop diva is reportedly filling in for Canadian songstress Celine Dion, who has taken a leave of absence from her popular Caesar’s Palace residency to take care of her ailing husband, René Angelil.

Mariah made the announcement when chatting to Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, set to air on Thursday.

The Grammy-winning singer said: “I’m going to do my first ever residency in Vegas at Caesars. This is a special event for me.”

“And again, I have to hope that the fans will enjoy this cause I’m gonna be performing, which was kind of inspired by my album Number 1’s, and this is now the updated version with 18 of them,” added the star.

The songstress was seen in Las Vegas last week, when it is understood she was finalizing and signing the multimillion-dollar deal. She was seen leaving The Cheesecake Factory at Caesars Palace with her three-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan.

According to TMZ, Mariah will be filling in for the resort and casino’s current resident, Quebec-born Celine, who is currently taking an indefinite break that could last months or maybe even a year.

Last August, the Canadian icon announced that she was postponing her Las Vegas residency and cancelling remaining tour dates to care for her husband, who had a tumor removed from his throat in December 2013.

In a statement Celine, 46, said: “I want to devote every ounce of my strength and energy to my husband’s healing, and to do so, it’s important for me to dedicate this time to him and to our children.

Speaking to People magazine, the singer added: “I also want to apologize to all my fans everywhere, for inconveniencing them, and I thank them so much for their love and support.”

While Mariah’s fee for the residency is not known, it is thought to be considerably more than the reported $30 million Britney Spears got for her two-year residency show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

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