Mariah Carey has admitted that she and her fellow American Idol judges often argue. While Carey’s huge bust-up with Nicki Minaj during the audition stages went viral, Mariah admitted that all four judges, including Keith Urban and Randy Jackson, have disagreements about the contestants.
Carey told E! News “We have to go against each other sometimes to say, ‘But wait, this person has something amazing! Maybe you’re not seeing it. It’s a little bit beyond your comprehension at this moment, but there’s something great about this person.’”
However, they don’t always disagree. Mariah added “We’re also unanimous about a lot of great people that are here! We’re excited about the people that are here right now. We all feel that they’re above average in talent and personality.”
Season 12 of American Idol is set to premiere on Wednesday, January 16th.
Mariah Carey’s husband convinced her to join the American Idol panel. The Hero singer admitted she was initially wary of taking a role on the judging panel of the pop star search show but America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon talked her into it. Mariah said, “He really wanted me to do this. I had my own kind of reservations about it because I didn’t know how I would adapt to the situation. It’s a huge deal.”
However, Mariah admitted she would have hated to be a contestant on the show when she was first starting out. Mariah explained, “I get really attached to certain people for different reasons whether it’s their story or what it mainly is is talent. Sometimes I see myself in some of the contestants when I first started and I’m glad I didn’t have to do a show like this. I would have hated it!
Mariah continued, “It’s been really fun. We’re still in the beginning stages but I’ve learned a lot. I want to continue to be the best I can be in order to help contestants. It’s that for me. I don’t know if I have a judging style. I try to speak as frankly as possible, but as kindly as possible not sugar coating the whole thing because that does nobody any good and that’s boring to watch.”
For any of you American Idol nuts out there, you were not the only ones surprised with the addition of a new judge this year. Both Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson say they were both informed last minute and not consulted about the addition of 4th judge Kara DioGuardi. Paula also says in a soon to air “Nightline” interview that even though her contract is up after this season…..she’ll be back because she is irreplaceable. Paula, honey….. “opposites attract” with MC Skat Kat was pretty rad and I admit to having had one of your posters on my wall at one time – but you are totally replaceable on that show. Simon is the only one who needs to be there.