Mariah Carey pursued for Idol judge

2012-07-17 10:09
New York - American Idol may be getting a worldwide idol as a judge - Mariah Carey.

A person familiar with the show's negotiations says Carey is being pursued to join the judging panel of the Fox talent competition.

The source requested anonymity because of the private nature of negotiations, which were termed as serious. Carey has been courted by other talent competitions, and her name has been mentioned in the past for Idol and other shows.

There are two openings. Both Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced last week that they were leaving as judges after two seasons.

American Idol has been TV's most popular programme for nearly a decade, but its last finale drew its lowest ratings in its 11-season history.

Considerable expertise

Randy Jackson, who is a manager, producer and friend of Carey's, is the only judge left. There are reports that Jackson's role may shift as well.

If Carey were to join, she'd bring considerable expertise. The Grammy winner is one of the best-selling artists of all time, with numerous No 1 hits. She's currently working on a new album, her first since her twins were born last year.

It would also give the show a heavy dose of superstardom, which is key considering the star power on shows like X Factor, which added Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as judges and will begin its second season in the fall.


  • Preshen - 2012-07-17 15:04

    Nicki Minaj will be a cheaper option

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