American Idol confirmed its choice of judges the night before auditions began. They brought back Randy Jackson after momentarily demoting him to mentor, they’d already hired Mariah Carey (to whom they’d lied and said she would be the only woman), and Ryan Seacrest just confirmed Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. So, that’s the panel-of-one-day. TMZ says there’s already conflict: whenever Minaj speaks, Carey makes it a point to talk over Minaj, repeatedly, with the women getting increasingly loud. Moreover, says a source relying on drama for ratings, ’These girls just don’t like each other.’ Included below are Carey’s photos from Twitter. The panel, at dinner, and on their way to the show the night before.
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First things first, is Mariah Carey asking @AmericanIdol on Twitter for answers to tabloid rumours that Nicki Minaj has been hired to work beside her on the judging panel because Carey’s people don’t have Idol’s/ Fox’s/ Ryan Seacrest’s numbers to ask someone in person? Probably not, but why bother to tweet them? Yesterday, Carey wrote a response to Us Weekly’s report that Minaj is a ’100% done deal’ who need only sign the papers, despite TMZ.com’s insistence it’s ‘not a done deal at all.’ She tweeted: ‘@AmericanIdol What’s going on? need the info!! What about this combo? : ) if we could ever get him to do it!’ Along with a photo of friend Lenny Kravitz. To which Kravitz replied: ‘@MariahCarey @AmericanIdol Girl, we’ve known each other since we were teenagers. How fun would that be?!’ Because saying you want to be on American Idol is the same as being cast on American Idol. Which is probably why TMZ says Kanye West is in talks to be on the panel too. Although, if Carey threatened to walk because of Minaj, she’ll run screaming at the thought of working with West who’s still slumming with his porn star girlfriend. Fans seemed pretty stoked at the idea of Kravitz though… some people are reeeally excited. But I dunno. Moreover, TMZ appended the caveat there’s no way Idol could get away with an all Black/ ethnic panel.
Contrary to an early estimate of ‘$12 million’ in Monopoly money printed on pink paper, Mariah Carey will be paid far, far more to judge on American Idol. TMZ.com has since corrected its figure to ‘$18 million’ which is a number supported by Us Weekly whose sources say the same: ‘Mariah is getting paid $18 million with a one-year option to do Idol, making her the highest paid judge on any music competition show.’ Not missing an opportunity to whore the show for record sales as did Jennifer Lopez, Carey shared this on Twitter: ‘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… I’m currently in the studio working on my new album and its first single, Triumphant, which will be out early next month.’
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Mariah Carey’s body glitter will get EVERYWHERE as replacement judge on American Idol. According to TMZ.com, Carey will earn $12 million her first season (so did Jennifer Lopez her first year). However, LaineyGossip.com says the ‘deal is reportedly worth at least $17 million, not including bonuses and or special requests in her contract.’ Sources tells TMZ that Carey was a ‘nightmare’ in 2008 for her season seven guest appearance. Carey was late, ‘not very nice at all,’ and she nitpicked the smallest detail. By contrast, Lopez has been a ‘pleasure.’
I watched intently, as Britney Spears was carted out in front of a studio audience for the Fox Upfronts presentation to Kashmir by Led Zeppelin. The 31-year-old stood, without swaying, and recited her lines, and nothing went majorly wrong in the 10-seconds during which she spoke. Except, she remained glassy-eyed and zombified. And there’s a distinct chance she’ll sit in abeyance through the auditions and live shows not even risking further scripted platitudes. I’ve included video from the event and you can watch video of her attempt to think on the spot here. You’ll see what I mean. In any case, don’t ask Mariah Carey who, for reasons unknown, was prodded into giving this response: ‘You think I focus on that stuff? Have we met? I love [Britney], honestly. I think she’s a very nice person, but I don’t care who’s going on that show. As long as it’s not me.’
Here’s Mariah Carey performing a season-closing concert at the Ischgl ski resort in Austria where no one’s wearing thicker pants because VPL loses to the more-refined Wookie Wallet (superior to the original wallet). Carey and Nick Cannon renewed their vows in Austria, and Carey stashed a spare wallet under her dress.