April 19th, 2011
10:05 AM ET
"I think Mariah will have a role on the live shows. I met her recently and she was [i]n great form," producer Simon Cowell said in a recent radio interview, according to The Wrap.
"Her idea was to be the judge of the judges, which of course only Mariah could come up with," Cowell continued. "She'll be involved in some form. I literally adore her. I love her to bits."
Both Cowell and music producer Antonio "L.A." Reid will serve as judges for the singing contest, which originated in the U.K. and airs on ITV, although Cowell has just announced that he'll no longer be part of the British show.
"We are talking to him about ways he can have an on-screen presence later in the show," ITV’s director of television Peter Fincham told the Daily Mirror. "He will not be a weekly judge, but he will be an enormous presence backstage as always.”
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