The Project's Waleed Aly on Mariah Carey's blunder: 'Calling me all sorts'

We're just one day away from December 1st and the Christmas bells were ringing last night on The Project, with the Queen of Christmas herself, Mariah Carey, appearing on the show.

However, things didn’t get off to the best start, with the iconic singer calling host Waleed Aly by the wrong name at the very start of their interview.

Mariah Carey wearing a red dress on The Project
Mariah Carey called Walled Aly 'Maleed' in an interview on The Project. Photo: Channel 10

“Hi Maleed,” Mariah said, with Waleed looking dumbfounded by the mistake.

Despite Mariah calling him ‘darling’ at the end of the show, Waleed’s The Project co-hosts still ripped into him for the popstar failing to get his name right.

“You’ve now got to change your name,” Tommy joked.

“It’s pretty cool from Mariah. You’ll take Maleed from Mariah,” Carrie said.

“People have been calling me all sorts of stuff. I don’t even notice,” Waleed said.


Waleed Aly interviewing Mariah Carey
Waleed didn't appear impressed at the time. Photo: Channel 10

The interview went swimmingly after that, with Mariah Carey explaining all about her new Christmas special Mariah’s Christmas: The Magic Continues.

There’ll be a lot of singing, over-the-top decorations and her two 10-year-old children, Moroccan and Monroe, will even be making an appearance on the special.

Mariah has a new Christmas single, called Fall In Love At Christmas, which she says she’s really excited about.

But it’s her legendary Christmas song All I Want For Christmas that people will be tuning in to watch, which according to The Project has raked in $83 million since it was released.

Mariah revealed that she grew up wanting that picture-perfect Christmas but she “had a very dysfunctional family” and after the song was released she started to be able to “create what she wanted to do for the holidays”.

Waleed Aly and Carrie Bickmore on The Project
Carrie Bickmore found the whole thing hilarious. Photo: Channel 10
Texas bar bans Mariah Carey songs with a note
A Texas bar banned Mariah's song until December 1st. Photo: Twitter/Kyle Smith

Back in November, a bar in Texas caused uproar after revealing they'd banned Mariah's famous Christmas song until December 1.

Journalist Kyle Smith shared a photo of the sign from the bar that was written in all caps and read: "Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas will be skipped if played before Dec. 1. After Dec 1 the song is only allowed one time a night."

While the bar wasn't named, Smith added he found it on a "Dallas jukebox".

"OMG what bar is this?" one user responded with a crying emoji.

"My dollar, my song, no exceptions," one person added.

Some people, however, agreed with the message with one user responding, "It would be preferable if the song were not in the jukebox at all. I suppose this is a tolerable compromise."

"Yes! Extremely overplayed," another wrote.

"I need to print that out for my wife," someone else added, however, someone else responded, "How about you let your wife enjoy things she likes before she decides you aren’t one of those things."

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