American Idol brought us country stars including Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Scotty McCreery, Kelly Clarkson and Lauren Alaina and now, it’s bringing us Mariah Carey. Billboard confirms that the pop star has joined Idol as a judge, replacing Jennifer Lopez who, along with Steven Tyler, opted not to return for the new season. Mariah already has an Idol tie – judge Randy Jackson serves as her manager.
“As a singer, songwriter and producer, it’s going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back with American Idol,” Mariah said. “I’m currently in the studio working on my new album and its first single, ‘Triumphant,’ which will be out early next month. I can’t wait to channel my creative energy as a part of this show which is a massive global phenomenon.”
“We are proud to have one of the world’s greatest-ever female singers join our show,” Idol creator and executive producer Simon Fuller said. “Mariah defines the word ‘Idol’ and will inspire every singer that has the honor of performing in front of her.”
Kelly Clarkson was the first American Idol, but don’t expect her to sign on as a judge. “I don’t want to be a judge,” she said to Us Weekly. “Mentor is more my style. And not just mentoring, getting to be a part of the song with them, getting them amped up – from our rehearsals to stage, it’s so exciting being onstage. It’s fun!”
Kelly does have a suggestion for the judge’s chair though – Carrie Underwood! “Didn’t she major in journalism?” Kelly said. “And she can have that face – that bluff face! She can put that on! She would be good.”
While there is no word on whom the third judge will be, stars from Adam Lambert to Aretha Franklin have shown their interest in the open position. Who do you think should sign on as an Idol judge? Leave a comment and let us know!