Pop diva Mariah Carey has confirmed that she will be a judge on American Idol, replacing Jennifer Lopez. This is a very big for the show considering the 42-year-old icon is arguably one of the biggest stars the show has seen as a judge. Longtime judge and producer of AI Randy Jackson is Carey’s manager and was very instrumental in getting this deal inked.
“It’s the biggest recording artist than any of these [singing competition] shows have ever had. It’s an artist many of these contestants have tried to emulate. [The deal] only concluded only hours ago. Not being the only game in town we need to keep things fresh,” says Kevin Reilly, Fox entertainment president.
Earlier this week, her husband Nick Cannon expressed that he wasn’t sure if the talent series could afford his wife.
“I don’t know if they can afford Mariah Carey. That’s a lot of money,” he said.
The network took notice and granted her a salary in within the range of $12-$17 million for her expertise.
Aretha Franklin was also an option to replace Lopez, but critics were not very supportive of the idea of Franklin because of her age and the show’s target audience.
The show is still looking for a judge to replace rockstar, Steven Tyler.