Jimmy Kimmel crossed the street at 8:30 PST to introduce the first song of Mariah's set, and he could barely be heard over the echoing screams and cheers. As always, she was in top form, performing “I’ll Be Lovin’ You Long Time” (despite some of the hard hits its been getting in recent media for its stereotype), “Side Effects” with special guest Young Jeezy, and “I’m That Chick” before closing the show with "Shake It Off" and the always hauntingly stunning "We Belong Together.” Husband Nick Cannon was nowhere in sight, but longtime manager Benny Medina was seen taking in the crowd just briefly before Mariah made it to the stage. Even fellow Kimmel guest Dan Abrams got in on the action and was escorted to the stage to meet the pop diva. But stereotypical diva she most certainly was not: in between set-ups, Mariah talked to the audience and read some of the signs aloud. Though only the first two songs were set to air on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Mariah amazed her crowd of thousands with five full tracks.
Even the fans that braved the Hollywood heat for hours on end came away smiling (if a bit sweaty) and calling their friends to tell them how great the experience was. Though it's only the second year, with the success of booking such a big name artist, Summer Krush Groove has proved it has the chops to become a Must See summer concert series. Obviously it will be around for years to come, though it's a little hard to assume it could be any bigger or better than it was tonight.