Mariah Carey Is New Judge On American Idol! Signs For $18 Million

So much for husband Nick Cannon stating “American Idol cannot afford Mariah Carey” as she just signed on to be the next judge on the show for $18 million dollars.

The deal is for one year and was made today at the TV Critics Association Summer Press tour in Beverly Hills.

Depending on if Randy Jackson stays, they still have at least one judge’s chair to fill.

The rumor that Adam Lambert will fill that seat is still in effect.

Mariah just released this statement via twitter and facebook: “It’s gonna be so much fun working on American Idol. As a singer-songwriter, I’m excited to help find and nurture new talent. LYM!” –MC

So was signing Mariah Carey to Idol a good move for the show to keep it alive?-DocFB



  • SharonS
    Posted at 18:17h, 23 July

    It doesn’t matter what the viewers think producers are going to do what they want despite mistakes they have made in choosing past judges. In past two seasons we’ve witness a judge panel that just didn’t do their jobs. ST and JLo were on panel to further their own careers and AI made it all about the judges not the contestants. I think XFactor and The Voice have also made it about the judges not contestants. There is where the mistake is as viewers are tired of it. Many have become delusioned since S8 as talent hasn’t been as good and judges not helping them improve but giving them worthless BS instead. We need someone like Adam Lambert and Harry Connick Jr who will offer amazing feedback and bring credibility to the show. Randy did improve last season so if he stays he needs to give helpful feedback to the contestants.

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