American Idol panel: Mariah Carey as new judge could be expensive, Nick Cannon says

By on Jul 17, 2012 in Entertainment, Music, Television, United States Comments

Updated: July 24, 2012 12:50 p.m.

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Singer Mariah Carey is now being rumored to be joining the new panel of judges for the show American Idol, after Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced that they will not return to the show next season. However, Nick Cannon recently said that his wife could be ‘expensive’.

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As noted at TMZ on Monday, July 16, 2012, Nick Cannon talked to their photographer on Sunday, saying that if Fox really want Mariah Carey to be among the new “American Idol Season 12 judges, they should be willing to pay a high price.

“I don’t know if they can afford Mariah Carey. That’s a lot of money. If they gave JLo $20 million, they might have to double that!” Cannon was quoted in the report, with Randy Jackson now the only original judge left on the show.

Late last week, People reported that Mariah Carey is ‘in talks with the show’; just in time when JLo announced that she is thinking of not returning to the show, and Steven Tyler revealed that he is leaving the show to focus more on his band Aerosmith, which will release a new album this November.

A day later, JLo confirmed to American Idol host Ryan Seacrest on his radio talk that she will not return to the show, saying that she has to give up the show to give more time for her kids; but The Wrap reported that a source told them Fox refused to give her $2 million raise demand to her $17 million talent fee.

As of this writing, there were other names that are rumored to be joining American Idol which include Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Aretha Franklin, and former contestant American Idol Season 8 finalist Adam Lambert. However, it was Mariah Carey who is now most likely to be considered in the show.

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