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Mariah Carey, back at Caesars Palace, has marriage on her mind

Opening Night of Mariah at Caesars Palace

Mark Damon / Las Vegas News Bureau

Opening night of Mariah Carey’s “Mariah #1 to Infinity” at the Colosseum on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

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Opening Night of Mariah Carey

Opening night of Mariah Carey’s “Mariah #1 to Infinity” at the Colosseum on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Although singer-songwriter Mariah Carey resumes her “#1 to Infinity” residency at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace on Tuesday, friends are saying that marriage is on her mind.

First, though, the pending divorce with second husband actor, musician and TV personality Nick Cannon has to be finalized. Mariah’s first marriage was to music executive Tommy Mottola.

Mariah became engaged to Australian billionaire James Packer a week ago in New York, and she’s now sporting a $10 million-plus, 35-carat diamond ring. The couple has moved into a luxury $250,000-a-month leased estate outside L.A.

James is the mogul behind the new Alon hotel to be built on the Strip opposite Wynn Las Vegas and Encore set to open in 2018. Mariah performs at Caesars on select dates from Feb. 2-21 and June 7-25.

Mariah’s music director and band leader Big Jim Wright told P.J. Perez for the Caesars Las Vegas blog: “On any given night, especially in between songs, when you hear her and I going back and forth, trading riffs, that’s really spontaneous.

“Every night is different. It’s a very creative environment working with Mariah Carey because she’s a brilliant songwriter. I don’t know if people really know that all those No. 1 hits we’re performing were written by Mariah.

“That’s why when she performs them, her execution of them is so heartfelt because that’s where they originated from: her heart. Those songs started with her — all those No. 1s she wrote herself, and it was in her musical spirit that this is what she’s feeling, and that’s her way of expressing it through music.

“That’s why those fans feel it because what comes from the heart reaches the heart.”

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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