Mariah Carey to judge on "American Idol"
"American Idol" hopefuls now have at least one heavy-hitting judge to sing for in the new season, as singing great Mariah Carey confirmed she has signed on for the show. The New York Times reports Carey came to an agreement with the Fox network to act as a judge on the upcoming season.
Kevin Reilly, the president of Fox Entertainment, made the announcement on July 23 after much deliberation between both camps.
The New York Daily News reports Reilly announced the news in front of live TV critics and put Carey on speakerphone during the press conference so she could make the official statement herself.
"I am so excited to be joining 'Idol.' I wanted to be there today and I wish I could've been there to tell you, but I think you know this all kind of just happened real quickly, so I can't wait to get started in a couple months," Carey said over the phone, according to the news outlet.
The news comes right in time as the exit of two-year veteran judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez was shocking for fans and Idol executives alike. The show's creator and executive producer Simon Fuller, is excited about having the pop icon as a judge, as Carey herself came up from nothing to become the star she is today.
"We are proud to have one of the world's greatest-ever female singers join our show," Fuller told the publication. "Mariah defines the word 'Idol' and will inspire every singer that has the honor of performing in front of her."
Idol original Randy Jackson is one factor that seems to be staying put as the show goes into its 12th season, though what his role will be is still under wraps. Reilly told The New York Times he was actually a big factor in landing the deal with Carey as the two are longtime friends.
"We've got a great relationship with Randy Jackson. He’s a very important part of that television show," Reilly told the news outlet. He added an announcement on what Jackson will be doing on Idol in the upcoming season should be addressed "in the next week or so."
Now one judging seat is filled, leaving one or possibly two spots still open. Names like Aretha Franklin and Adam Lambert have been thrown around, though Reilly would not comment on any of these prospects.
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