The latest on pop diva Mariah Carey signing on to the mega reality show “American Idol” on the heels of Jennifer Lopez’s announcement that she was leaving the show. This tidbit from Pop Dust …
Mariah Carey will be joining American Idol for the show’s upcoming twelfth season, FOX announced today. Carey’s hire replaces one-half of the recently departed judging panel, following the exits of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler earlier this month. According to EW, Carey will be paid between $12 million and $17 million for her services, putting her one salary bracket above her diva predecessor. But it’s not about the money, of course, it’s about the experience, and potential for nurturing (she is a mother after all):
On Friday, Deadline reported on that Carey was nearing a $17 million deal with the show, following heavy rumors, as well as an earlier courtship by Simon Cowell’s most recent television venture—and now Idol rival—last year. We’re just happy things are official; Mariah’s already mentored contestants on season’s past, is managed by Idol lifer Randy Jackson—now expected to remain at the judges’ table with her on board—and has been our dream choice for a reality TV show ever since those stiletto hells graced the steps of her at-home StairMaster. Her new position also opens up a discussion as to which half of the Carey-Cannon merger works for the better talent competition, and gives twins Monroe and Moroccan a serious suggested direction for their future careers. (Sign them now, talent agencies! You know they’ll be good at… something.)
US Weekly reported that, Carey’s show predecessor Jennifer Lopez pulled in about $12 million dollars per “Idol” season; Christina Aguilera negotiated a reported $10 million for the third season of “The Voice,” while Britney Spears will rake in an approximate $16 million for her stint on “The X Factor.”
Us first reported July 12 that Carey was in talks to become a judge on the twelfth season of “American Idol” — and the five-time Grammy winner confirmed Monday that it was a done deal.
“As a singer, songwriter and producer, it’s going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back to ‘American Idol,’” Carey said in a statement.
While there’s still one seat left to fill, Mariah certainly is capable of supplying the right amount of industry experience, big-name star power, and potential for on-camera crazy for one show. But as always, brace yourselves for the impending Battle of the Reality Television Judges, should this plan backfire in 2013′s ratings.
What do you think QG WD fans, is 18 million too much to host a reality TV show?