Apparently Mariah Carey isn’t a huge fan of sharing the judging table with other women, especially younger women.
While it’s already been confirmed that Mariah Carey will be a judge on the new season of ‘American Idol’, FOX producers have been busy trying to fill the other (possibly) two seats. Rumor has it Randy Jackson isn’t returning, like his former judges, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. That leaves two seats available. Yesterday we heard that 29-year-old Nicki Minaj was being asked to judge, and one person who’s NOT feeling it is Mariah Carey herself.
They may have dueted on Mariah Carey’s “Up Out of My Face,” but the idea of working with Nicki Minaj on “American Idol” apparently strikes a sour note with the 42-year-old diva.
After news surfaced that Minaj is nearing a deal to join Carey on the judges’ panel for the Fox singing competition, an irate Carey hung up on a phone call with producers, TMZ reported.
Sources told the gossip site that the “We Belong Together” singer thought she belonged as the only woman on the panel.
The 29-year-old Minaj surfaced as the frontrunner for one of the vacancies left by outgoing “Idol” judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler in an US Weekly report Monday.
“I’m not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it,” a source told the magazine. “A few more things to sign off on but it is happening.”
Minaj and Carey would give the show a heavy New York presence. Minaj hails from Jamaica, Queens, and Carey was born and raised on Long Island.
But other bold-face names are still being considered — especially if holdover Randy Jackson moves over into a mentor role as has been widely reported. Country singers Brad Paisley and Keith Urban and producer Pharrell Wiliams have been rumored to be in the mix.
“American Idol” producers are under pressure to match the A-list judging crews boasted by their upstart rivals in “The Voice” (Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green) and “The X-Factor” (Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell).
I have to be honest, this matters to me none. I don’t care about ‘American Idol’, I think the show is irrelevant anymore. It used to provide huge talent, and anymore that’s just not the case. I will always watch the auditions (c’mon, they’re hugely entertaining) but once the actual competition starts I tune out. I just don’t care anymore. I think ‘AI’ has seen it’s day.