American Idol- Will Mariah Carey Join the Panel? Nigel Lythgoe Breaks His Silence!

It’s a summer of speculation for American Idol fans as Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced that they will not be returning for the 12th season. J. Lo wants to focus on her music and film career, while Steven is ready to devote all of his time to Aerosmith. Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest are the only ones left standing- for now.

Though Randy Jackson has not confirmed if he will stay on American Idol or not, he did release a statement about his co-judges leaving. For now rumors are simply circulating that Randy may move from the judges table to a mentorship role to have a bigger hand at shaping the talent for competition. We can confirm that Ryan Seacrest will return, having signed a contract earlier this year.

One name that is popping up once again for a potential singing competition judge is Mariah Carey. Though she did not join The X Factor USA as many suspected, she is one of the biggest rumors to circulate thus far. America’s Got Talent host and Mr. Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon told TMZ that he doesn’t think it’s likely.

“I don’t know if they can afford Mariah Carey. That’s a lot of money. If they gave J. Lo $20 million, they might have to double that.”

Egotistical much? Though Mariah is one of the biggest divas of her time, is she really that relevant now that she’d be entitled to $40 million?

Nigel Lythgoe called into On Air With Ryan Seacrest where he addressed his feelings on the situation. He admitted that he was “upset” but “understood” why J. Lo and Steven decided to leave.

“There are so many names coming at me at the moment. I joke about it and say, ‘Oh, I’m looking for the Three Stooges or Jerry Lewis.’ But at the end of the day, I think what we’ve seriously got to talk about is just using people for a year…If we do want these big stars, and we do, you cannot take them away from what they do. That’s depriving the public of a star for a start and stopping them from earning a lot of money… They’ve got much bigger careers than just sitting judging Idol. They’re both very talented people and you have to respect their decision to carry on and do what they were doing before Idol. It breaks my heart, because I love them both dearly.”

He did confirm that no names of potential judges will be released because every person is in negotiations.

Who would you like to see join American Idol?

by Melissa Warner on July 16th, 2012

Melissa is Unreality TV's X Factor USA expert, bringing you all the gossip on the contestants and religiously recapping their performances each week! You can follow her on Twitter and on Google+

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One thought on “American Idol- Will Mariah Carey Join the Panel? Nigel Lythgoe Breaks His Silence!

  1. Dylan says:

    Mariah Carey is as close to musical royalty as you can get. She’s entitled to that amount of money and more. But I get how you want someone relevant today. Would Snookie suffice?

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