Mariah Carey will add judge to her long list of accomplishments. She will join American Idol as next season’s judge for $17 million. Fox announced that she will bring the ratings the show needs. What a blow to J. Lo. “I am so excited to be joining ‘Idol,’” said Carey, addressing the Television Critics Association via Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly’s cellphone, which he put on speakerphone for the hotel ballroom meeting.
She couldn’t be on hand with the group because “this kind of all just happened really quickly,” Carey said in her brief remarks. “I can’t wait to get started in the fall … and I will see you in January.”
Reilly called Carey “the biggest recording artist that any of these (talent) shows has ever had,” adding that she was the “artist that many of these contestants have tried to emulate, have tried some of the songs, have tried to hit the notes.” Simon Cowell, the former “American Idol” judge who adapted his U.K. hit “X Factor” for Fox, was asked about Carey’s new gig at a critics’ session later Monday.
“I’m happy for her, actually. I like Mariah. I think she’s going to find it difficult to say no. You’ve got to say no to people and she’s sweet,” he said, then quickly backtracked, adding, “No, I think she’ll be great.”
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