Tuesday, July 24, 2012

It's Official, Mariah Carey joins American Idol Panel

Fox just made it official: Mariah Carey is the latest successful pop diva to join American Idol. The 42-year-old singer will join the judges table for season 12.

"She's the biggest recording artist than any of these [singing competition] shows have ever had," Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly told critics at their press tour in Beverly Hills on Monday. "It's the artist many contestants have tried to emulate, tried to hit the songs, hit the notes. The deal concluded only hours ago."

As reported, Carey has been the leading contender to join the panel of American Idol judges this summer, which has seen a flurry of celebrity names floated in the press as possible candidates. Sources conflict on Carey’s salary, putting the number between $15 and $18 million. Either way, Carey is likely taking home more than JLo's first year ($12 million) and second year ($15 million) salary on the show. According to sources, JLo was holding out for $20 million to return for a third round. If there was a slight chance of Lopez staying before, it vanished once Fox signed Carey. Fox would definitely won't pay for two high-priced female vocalists.

Despite some reports to the contrary, veteran judge Randy Jackson is now expected to stay on board, though nothing has yet been announced. "We have a close relationship with Randy, he's a very important part of the television show," Reilly said. "Within the next week or so we'll confirm that."

As for now, Fox is expected to focus on its search for another male judge. One dark horse (and attractively low budget) candidate is former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert. Reilly notes there are plenty of possible candidates including some "nobodies," but suspects the new judge will be "something to talk about." Reilly expects to have the rest of the panel firmed up within the next two weeks.

Source: Entertainment Weekly


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