While Jennifer Lopez will be departing American Idol to go on tour, the Fox TV reality show has attracted an arguably bigger diva onto its judging panel. The head of programming at Fox, Kevin Reilly on Monday revealed that Mariah Carey will be joining the twelfth season of American Idol as a judge. The singer herself also joined the American Television Critics Association Summer Press through a phone call and expressed her excitement at landing the role.
Comments about Carey’s appointment were drawn from various media personalities. The American Idol’s host, Ryan Seacrest, welcomed her through Twitter posts: “Welcome to the family @MariahCarey!” Former winner, Jordin Sparks also joined in the Twitter congratulations. But a former American Idol adjudicator, who is now on X Factor, Simon Cowell was slightly critical of her ability as a judge. He termed Mariah Carey as “sweet”. He added that he thinks she might not be able to say no participants.
Mariah Carey as an Idol judge marks a huge achievement by the franchise in hiring an iconic musician as a judge. Although the show has never failed in producing stars from every season, the judging panel has never really impressed in terms of the judge’s own achievements and singing ability. Although some judges like JLo did bring star power and raise the ratings, the show required an accomplished singer to offer guidance to the budding contestants.
Mariah stands to harvest huge financial gains from sitting on the bench. She is reported to have landed an US $ 12 million contract for her first year as a judge. The length of the contract is unknown but the show’s producer; Nigel Lythgoe told reporters that they are looking into the possibility of having a new set of judges for every season.
Idol is still searching for one more judge to join Carey and Randy Jackson. The show also promises some new developments in the auditioning stage. Incognito nominations by friends and family will be added. The audition tour will commence in August but the show proper starts filming in January 2013.
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