It seems like American Idol is taking competition with X Factor quite seriously.
FOX President Kevin Reilly announced to the reporters at the TV Critics Association press tour that Mariah Carey closed the deal with the network to be the newest judge on the next season of American Idol.
Mariah herself spoke to the press people via speakerphone, sharing:
I am so excited to be joining Idol. I wish I could have been there myself to tell you. It all kind of just happened real quickly. I can’t wait to get started in a couple months…I will see you in January!
It’s the biggest recording artist than any of these shows have ever had. It’s an artist many of these contestants have tried to emulate. [The deal] only concluded only hours ago. Not being the only game in town, we need to keep things fresh.
Although the president is happy to share the news about AI’s newest judge, he refused to comment on whether original judge Randy Jackson will return, but he pointed out:
Randy has been working with Mariah for a long, long time and is in fact her co-manager. Randy was very instrumental in this deal.
When asked about J.Lo’s status on the show, he put all the buzzing rumors to rest by saying that there is no chance for the singer/actress to return on the show’s following seasons.
I think I can say that’s 100 percent that Jennifer won’t be coming back to the show.
He also adds that the decision was a “mutual agreement” between FOX, Steven, and Jennifer.
One judge seat down, two to go. Who do you think will be the next American Idol … judge?