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Mariah Carey Justthisclose To Officially Joining “American Idol” (UPDATE)

Mariah Carey Justthisclose To Officially Joining "American Idol" (UPDATE)

Well it looks like what I reported two weeks ago is about to come true. That is that Mariah Carey will be joining American Idol next season as a judge which, no doubt,  the producers and Fox hope will significantly boost up the show’s badly sagging ratings.

Media news sources say that Carey and the producers are very close to finalizing deal which would earn her $17 million a year which would make her the higest paid judge on the show ever.

Sources also say that that was the big sticking point for Carey who told producers that she would seriously comtemplate an offer to join the show only if she got a higher salary than previous Idol judge Jennfier Lopez who got $15 million a season.

Keeping in mind of course that also paying for her constant on call 24 hours a day entourage, travel, clothes, makeup, limos, expensive meals and whatever else, Fox is going to be paying a lot more than $17 million to get Carey.

For fans of Mary J. Blige, who was being talked as being a back up choice if the Carey deal fell though, you’re out of luck. And even worse luck for Aretha Franklin, who lately has once again been publicly stating that she wants to be a judge on the show, but that’s not going to happen.

UPDATE: Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly announced today (Monday) at a press conference that Mariah Carey was indeed joining American Idol next season. Carey herself called Reilly on his cell phone during the conference to confirm the deal.

She is reportedly getting more than the previously reported $17 million for next season. Whether she will be on Idol for just one season and who else will be joining her as judges was not discussed.

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Mariah's worth it. She is a legend in the music business.


At least she CAN sing, unlike her predecessors.

Colonel Angus

Well, it looks like what was rereported from other entertainment websites may turn out to be true: Mariah Carey might be doing something. Yippee skippee!


Yay, more colorist, prejudiced ignorance from Marissa, the self-hating village idiot. Chile, bye!!!

Anyway, I still don't understand why they didn't end this show right when Simon left it. All they've done is jump through hoops and leap over ladders to recapture what was lost around the fourth or fifth season. Kara Dioguardi, Ellen DeGeneres, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, just more of the same judges. Besides, they pick the same tired winner every year. It's not about talent, it's about who fits their idea of the perfect "image." Remember that controversy over Fantasia, Jennifer, and LaToya being in the bottom 3? Yup.

(And I don't what legendary achievements Jennifer Lopez ever made in her "career" for her to have such a big head. Quitting because she reportedly didn't get her salary raise by $2 million? Please go fade back into obscurity with your non-selling albums, wack movies, and barely-past-puberty boyfriend, because NO ONE was even checking for you before they offered you the position, and I guarantee they won't hardly be checking for you afterwards. PFFT!!!)


Don't you mean Mariah Scary AKA the crazy lady that started passing out ice cream and screaming in a nightgown during an award show? Anyway, who cares about this white woman and what she's doing?

RIP to Whitney the true greatest vocalist of all-time.

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