Pop superstar Mariah Carey stepped out of a van, into a director's chair and waited Sunday for Finis Gaston and the niece and nephews he's been caring for to step out of a limousine on Sunday and see their new "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" home.
In a scene that will be played out as a special holiday episode of the popular TV show, onlookers got to catch more than a glimpse of the show's star -- Ty Pennington -- and of Mariah Carey, who has more No. 1 hits than Michael Jackson and is second only to The Beatles in that category.
Carey stayed secreted in a commercial building near the build site at 1301 Rainbow Ave. in Pensacola, then was moved to the "Move that bus!" site just before the carefully rehearsed, but no less enthusiastic, band made its way down the street.
When the doors of the white van she was in opened, thousands of onlookers, including member of the Fairhope High School cheerleading squad, screamed in excitement.
It was the crowning moment of a busy week for Frank Lott III and the whole Mobile-based Heritage Homes crew that made the home possible.
"With Finis being a huge fan of Mariah Carey, it makes today that much more special," Lott said. "And for our team and all the volunteers, watching the family's reaction and seeing the final home lit up for Christmas was what we have been thinking about this whole week while we worked."
As for what the family got to see when they stepped inside the 3,600-square-foot home with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a nursery will remain a relative secret until the show airs Dec. 12.
Carey has a new holiday album coming out, which is part of the reason for her appearance at the "Extreme Makeover" reveal. The other reason is that she is the favorite singer of Gaston, a male cheerleader who was attending Alabama A&M in Huntsville, Alabama, when his mother died and he left school to take care of his niece and her children. (Al.com)
Tune in to the special holiday episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition with Mariah and the Gaston family on Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 8/7 pm on ABC.