Say hello to your new 'Idol' judge ...
July 23rd, 2012
03:34 PM ET

Say hello to your new 'Idol' judge ...

Mariah Carey is just full of announcements lately.

The 43-year-old singer and mom of twins recently revealed on Twitter that she has a new song, called "Triumphant," set to arrive in early August, and she's also confirmed that she'll be a new judge on "American Idol."

"It's gonna be so much fun working on @AmericanIdol," Carey posted Monday afternoon. "As a singer-songwriter, I'm excited to help find and nurture new talent."

In a statement confirming Carey's new gig, Fox's President of Alternative Entertainment, Mike Darnell, called Carey "the real deal," while "Idol" executive producer and creator Simon Fuller added how "proud" they are "to have one of the world's greatest-ever female singers join our show. Mariah defines the word 'Idol' and will inspire every singer that has the honor of performing in front of her.”

Carey's new role as an "Idol" judge has been widely speculated for weeks, to the point that her husband Nick Cannon even joked that the Fox series may not be able to afford her. "That's a lot of money," Cannon kidded with TMZ. "If they gave J. Lo $20 million, they might have to double that!" We're sure the rumors on Carey's payday will start flying any minute now.

Carey will join Randy Jackson, the one "Idol" judge remaining (for now, at least), at the judges' table in January 2013. Earlier this month, both Lopez and Steven Tyler announced they were departing the show.

Was Carey the right choice for a judge? Tell us on iReport and in the comments below!


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  1. dave

    this show jumped the shark long ago.

    August 17, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jo

    Sorry she was NOT the right choice for the show. I think that having famous ppl on the show was fun for awhile. How about actually having a person from the public, you know the ppl that help pay these people, by buying their music, clothes and whatever else they sell. Maybe a contest should be done to where someone from the US for one season could be a judge. I know music and vocals. I studied music for 15 years. Some of those people the judges last season said were great um need their ears checked.

    August 14, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. Randy Travis Was Merely Sleeping

    $20 million? And we pay math teachers 35 grand. Yes, America is definitely on the right track.

    August 10, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. ANDREA T

    OMG NOW I WANT TO STRANGLE MYSELF JUST IN CASE SHE DECIDES TO SING KICK HER OFF

    August 7, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      No, I still won't watch the show. Neither her knor JLo have class .....

      August 9, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jaysn

    Mariah will do great but the show has been running too long.

    August 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dave

    Beavis and Butthaed would make better judges...

    July 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ktina

    Well atleast Mariah Carey can sing unlike JLo!

    July 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • ktina

      Now if she could only do something about her thunder-thighs! Mooo Ooooo!

      July 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BoBoBowie

    Now all we need is Howard Stern to be a judge on American Idol!

    July 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • EricNorris

      Agree!

      July 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly7

      Idol needs judges who are experts in some way in the music industry. And of course they need to really know how to judge – to give honest, direct, meaningful feedback. America's Got Talent is a general talent show, so that's fine for Stern who does a great job there. Their best judge ever, in fact.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Marg

    will actually watch it more this year...her vocal experience will be effective to the idol kids competing.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. nubes

    This should be interesting! Mariah is bat sh** crazy and lord only knows what she will come out of her mouth on this show..I might watch again just to see what kind of crazy sh** she might say???

    July 25, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. johnquepublique

    Zzzzzzz......snort......zzzzzzzz.......yaaaaaawwwwwwnnnnnnnn.....zzzzzzz. Wha'....whose the new judge?......Oh, you woke me for that???.......zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. Twirp

    great television and very funny.

    July 25, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. andrea

    great move for her.

    July 25, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ryan

    the show will be on for awhile.

    July 25, 2012 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jt_flyer

    Is this show still on?

    July 25, 2012 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  16. Bubba Rydel

    I'm boycotting the Africanization of America. The Black Political Machine. Rap. Professional Sports. BET, etc.
    I won't be making this mulatto, no talent pig another penny.

    July 25, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  17. steve

    she's getting 18 mil...she is on the bandwagon..

    July 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Last Album

    last album went double plat.and also has taken this job to head to tour in 2 yrs like jlo and tyler–i will get tkts to her concert.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  19. madjim

    This show has been over – they are hanging on to the last ounce of life they had left with JLo and Steven Tyler. Mariah must be desperate since her last album FAILED so miseriably. She can't sell concerts or act so what's left but to jump on the reality band wagon.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dksdlfs

      Uh, you're an idiot. How can the show "be over" if it's still #1? lmao, some of you people are jackazzes.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  20. marcus

    fantastic voice, range, beautiful..the whole package

    July 24, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Jason

    Congratulations to the lucky guys over the years who have managed to spread a mayonaisse mess all over her gorgeous face.....

    July 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  22. deelish

    fred and the indian guy..dee lish

    July 24, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Fred and Twit

    show's will remain in tact and will fit in the ratings well.

    July 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Ali

    Why not have a prior American Idol winner be the 3rd judge? They know more about the process than anyone!

    July 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba Rydel

      That's the best idea I've heard so far

      July 25, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Hello

      That's a great idea and heck, they could get them a lot cheaper too.

      July 25, 2012 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Dervel

      How does a winner know more about the process than, let's say, a runner-up or 5th runner-up. Haha. Some of you people need to quit trying to sound intelligent. Because you're not!

      July 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Good for Madonna...

    saw her once .. that was enough.

    July 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  26. fan

    good for Mariah.. i love her!

    July 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Sgscheerer

    I just herd she will make 18,million

    July 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  28. jeff

    God she looks georgous in the above shot..i'd take it

    July 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Cannon

    Nick Cannon makes 75K per episode on his show and worth 15m-20m..he'll survive if anything happens. I think he's a funny guy and great personality for tv.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Bobbi

    John How old are you????? TWO.....TURN MY BACK ON A BABY. THESE BABIES ARE NOT BROUGHT INTO THIS WORLD BECAUSE THEY WANT THEM....THEY ARE MEAL TICKETS YOU IDIOT. AND EACH STATE IS RESPONSIBLE....WHAT CONTINENT DO YOU LIVE IN. obama WON'T LET THAT HAPPEN. HE NEEDS ALL THE BROWN SKINS. AND I DO NOT HIRE ILLEGALS. I LIVE BY THE LAW. Go ahead watch your show and all the idiots who make it up.

    July 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  31. citizenUSA

    I forgot to put Brett Michaels on my list with Dee Snider and Smokey Robinson.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Barry

    Barry Gibb's brothers have passed, he and his brothers wrote some great music . he would be a great judge for American Idol. I'm sure he's very depressed right now and i think this idol gig would be good for him, Fans would l be happy to see him. This man and his brothers are legends in music. This is another reason why ratings will explode. Randy, Barry and Mariah..not bad.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  33. sandy

    Never liked her – still don't too into herself. Won't be watching Idol.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  34. mark

    Mariah will bring in talent. the girl still belts all her tunes like she did 20 yrs. ago i see her breezing through everything.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  35. pmn

    Seriously? Well, let's see how she can bring it on new talent.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  36. randy & idol future

    i agree she's great for business and the show will make it...if randy accepts her she'll speak up...she'll be comfortable..
    she's got another album out soon and it will hit the roof for her career.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  37. Asset

    she's an asset to the show and good for business.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  38. Talent

    i think she's the best choice for the job .. vocally she has the experience to judge talent

    July 24, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  39. Ccc123

    They will probably have a bigger turnout for auditions this year. Hell, even I would consider an audition just to meet her for a sec.

    July 24, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  40. Chief

    Good choice, but the show should NEVER be about the celebrity of the judges; it is about the contestants. That's why I watch it. That said, I would never watch it if the likes of Charlie Sheen were to show up at the judges' table. Maybe that's why the show has lost some of its following, because it tries to raise viewers through who sits at the table. Bad move. Just make sure they are competent to judge.

    July 24, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  41. Bebs

    Nick is not worthless he is adorable. Sounds like someone is jealous out there. Mariah do your thing girl. forgett the haters.

    July 24, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  42. Bebs

    Yeah she will be great!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 24, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Monkey

      She will be a hot mess like everyone expects her to be, as well as the others that are potential judges. :)

      July 24, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  43. Angel03

    Not sure why cannon says Mariah is worth more than jlo? Jlo is really sweet and has finally started to come out with some good music..Mariah has in the past..but nothing recent..she however will make a good addition if she speaks up alittle.

    July 24, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  44. Agree

    i love ryan seacrest he's so dreamy

    July 24, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  45. billy bob

    put idol in my butt

    July 24, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  46. NashvilleCritter

    I think it is time for Idol to retire..... It has ran it's course in my opinion...

    July 24, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  47. billy bob

    i said what what in the butt ...man this show sucks

    July 24, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  48. Bobbi

    The show should be put to rest! Mariah is not worth 20 million nor was Jennifer Lopez. Mariah will bring her worthless husband who rides her coat tails to the show and he'll be looking for his 20 million. All of these reality shows are a joke. Isn't it sad what this world has become. People are more interested in watching other people's problems that solving their own. America has gone down the tube with obama and illegals (one and the same). 14th amendment (drop a baby and get your free stuff). IT'S IS NOT FREE. WE THE TAXPAYERS SUPPORT YOUR WORTHLESS LIVES. now we have these worthless shows (oh mariah says, I want to help someone with their talent). What a joke she is! She just wants to get her reality show.

    July 24, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • MariahFan

      Mariah is the perfect choice! She's super talented and she's my favorite all time female singer. She is also kind of goofy so it should be very entertaining. Nick & Mariah are a wonderful couple and he is an excellent businessman.
      I absolutely love the Barry Gibb idea. The Last BeeGee!
      I will now watch every episode and vote for my favorite singers.

      July 24, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • wasabi

      wow..lol.. nick cannon is currently making more money than mariah carey.. so how exactly is he riding her coattail.. he is an executive at nickelodeon and has been for years and he has been the host of americas got talent for a few seasons now.. not to mention his other jobs.. he would be fine with or without her.. he has his own money.. research people.. your opinions hold no wait when you dont have the facts..

      July 24, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      your an idiot: also i can tell by your comment that you need to change your station lol. Although I agree in part about that dropping baby line, the fact is if you can turn your back on a child what kind of person does that make you. And each state is resposable for there boarders and boarder control, you must remeber it was cheap labor that started this boarder problem not illegals. Look in the mirror it was probally people like you.

      July 24, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • stupid choice.

      Hated Mariah before she trashed her first marriage. hate her now. she'll just trash Idol more than it already is. It's a trash show, let it rest in peace.

      July 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Idol

    Randy Jackson should sign on again, he is now the force behind idol

    July 24, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  50. Experience

    the idol needs a little more experience-Mariah hang into there and i agree ratings will pick up

    July 24, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  51. Ratings

    ratings will hit the roof.

    July 24, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  52. jennygirl

    mariah carey...big deal!

    July 24, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  53. Sam

    I would not watch a show with Mariah Carey on it if you paid me. She has wasted a great talent singing crappy, made for money music her whole career and when she wasn't behind the mic, she was nailing record producers to ensure her success. I cannot stand the woman, she is complete trash, and will not watch a single episode of idol while she is on it.

    July 24, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  54. Gene

    Here is the way it should go down:
    It's time for Randy Jackson to exit the show.

    New panel: Celine Dion, Barry Gibb, and Aretha Franklin

    July 24, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Bleh64

      No, no, let's bring in Elvis, Jim Morresy, and Janis Joplin!!! The show stinks anymore and the old good part is when you get people who can't sing make it to the judges and want to argue with them, other than that the show is rigged 100%

      July 24, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Welcometothe10s

      This just in...It is now 2012! Not 1990.

      July 24, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  55. mukazzi

    Changes to AI have to start BEFORE the judges are picked; begin with the auditions. I recommend this: Jimmy picks two other industry production experts and THEY do the auditions. The judges don't see the contestants UNTIL they are in Hollywood. The judges are supposed TO BE mentors; if you remember the early years (big sigh), there were vocal coaches to help with performance, but the judges were supposed to offer constructive critique (stop laughing!). Simon received the lion's share of attention because he critiqued from the business executive stance: his label was writing the check.

    Honestly, I'd rather have Alicia Keys than Mariah Carey -she'd be ok as a 'revolving guest judge'. Alicia doesn't have the best of voices, but as a musician, she's more rounded than Mariah.

    More importantly, AI has to STOP finding and 'pushing' (behind the scenes voting manipulation) singers they think will be the most 'moldable' to a middle of the road Pop audience; a 26-year old has a more defined and distinct sense of genre and style than an 18-year old (don't get into a Scotty war -his genre was pretty well set to his voice; think Jessica Sanchez -great chops, but no one knew what her 'real' voice was like; what genre really moves and showcases her vocal talents?).

    July 24, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  56. lulu

    I'd like them to consider Weird Al Yankovic for a judge...here's a guy who can really make the song his own!!

    July 24, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  57. my picks

    Justin bieber and Katy Perry

    July 24, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  58. Steve

    Cool! Now just change the logo to read "American Prima Donna" or "American Bubble-Butt Diva" and I'm sure it'll be a big draw... eeesh people get a real life instead of living vicariously (look it up) through others.

    July 24, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Look what up? "Vicariously"?!?! I know youre proud of yourself for using a 5 syllable word, but its not a very difficult one...

      July 24, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  59. Desire

    she is the #1 selling recording artist in history... who the heck else would be more qualified then her? Ellen?? All I see are a bunch of haters on this site.

    July 24, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Sgscheerer

      Ok the is bull !!! It's Madonna ,so look it up !!!

      July 24, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • mystic

      you are very right . . . people are so negative nothing good to say to others like they are perfect . . .or better than whom they hated!

      July 24, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • jennygirl

      you're right. we don't particularly like her. so what?

      July 24, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Haha

      ummm... no, she's not. Elvis, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Elton John all have many more record sales than Mariah

      July 24, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Sgscheerer

      Madonna over 300milion the most from a women.This year she will bring in over $500million

      July 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Anita

    I can't stand this woman!!! Yet another reason not to watch Idol.

    July 24, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  61. darealwifey

    I think Mariah made a HUGE mistake doing Idol. I'm not sure it's worth whatever they are paying her. The show is on the decline, Mariah has a history of instability and appearing on TV in the Idol format would highlight any abnormal behavior. She just doesn't need the scrutiny that a show like A.I. will bring. I think she will regret it at the end of the day. She is an awesome songwriter, but I think she should find another way to help aspiring singers/songwriters.

    July 24, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  62. Well,

    Rumor has it that randy jackson is transitioning from judge to mentor. Who's your pick for two more judges?

    July 24, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Sgscheerer

      I'm not in2 the show that much to even try and think about it .

      July 24, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • citizenUSA

      OK, Mariah is pop, so for a little R&B I'd go with Smokey Robinson and ya always need some rock so I'd go with Dee Snider, (mostly because I think he'd be a good judge, I mean, there's others I'd pick first but they seem far-fetched like Eric Clapton or David Coverdale).

      July 24, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  63. Sgscheerer

    The show is becoming a joke any way... Some that have won ya never see again.

    July 24, 2012 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  64. Kellyz

    They better get Randy off the judge's table, too. Great guy, lousy judge. Always has been. And if they put both Mariah AND Randy as judges, the credibility of the show is practically gone because Randy is Mariah's manager. He needs to go. Fresh start with all new judges. Something they've needed for years, except for Simon Cowell. He was great. Always said what the viewers (at least most of them) were thinking. Idol needs judges who will be totally and completely direct and honest. None of the bullcrap, cliche nice comments ala Steven and JLo. Steven thought everyone was great and although JLo made gave some crticisms once in awhile, it was way too rare. And Randy turned into a Simon wannabe... trying to be the tough guy after 10 yrs of being a clueless wimp. Haha.

    July 24, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • J

      Randy is the BEST judge. Only one with musical knowledge and common sense. Mariah is going to be such a benefit to the show with all her talent. Hope she doesn't quit after 2 years like the rest. Glad Simon is gone...he is mean and useless.

      July 24, 2012 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  65. Jayrbee

    It doesn't matter what age Mariah is. She is indeed one of the greatest singers, that can actually sing. I love you J.Lo, but you can't sing!!! It is time for America to get some true talent and not be blinded by physical appearances. Welcome Mariah. Your voice is remarkable and I am pretty sure that you can recognize true talent when you see and or hear it.

    July 24, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  66. Bozo

    Stephen, your assumption of what I said was that the rich don't want to pay their fair share is incorrect, I just stated that she will now have sufficient funds to pay her fair share, whetehr it is more than buffet's secretary or not. You do bring a good point when in reality Obama has been stressing thie point for quite some time that the rich are not paying their fair share. So who would you rather believe me , some knucklehead blogging or the President.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  67. Nicko

    At least this judge has a decent voice. Never been a big fan of Carey or Idol, but I must say this is a step in the right direction. Now the only thing left is to do is replace that creepy 70 year old pedohile that hit on every cute teen contestant. Tyler....What a weirdo!

    July 24, 2012 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  68. SamIam

    Oh great, another clueless pop 40 genre singer who will no doubt be one-sided for the throngs of clone pop 40 singers who will no doubt try to impress her and the other hacks with their stupid vocal acrobatics and fake personalities. Gonna make this show even lamer than it is now, goodbye Idol, your epitaph awaits!

    July 24, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  69. bozo

    her 1 year salary puts her way up in the top 1% of those evil rich people , how much money will she pay in taxes or donations to help out the Prez?

    July 24, 2012 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      You assume everyone who rakes in millions wants to horde it all and avoid paying their fair share of taxes. The President himself has said he is in this bracket and, along with the likes of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, believes he should pay at least as much in taxes as Warren's secretary.

      July 24, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  70. CanuckImport

    Here's what Idol needs: Put Jimmy Aldine at the judges' table and let the 'guest' mentors do the mentoring. Jimmy's the bomb and will do a better job than any of the idol judges ever did..(excluding Simon, who always told it like it was).
    LIKE THIS COMMENT IF YOU THINK JIMMY SHOULD BE A JUDGE!!!

    July 24, 2012 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      Don't know who Jimmy Aldine is, but Jimmy Iovine with an i is the head of Interscope Records and is the musical producer of the show. And yes, he does know the music business better than anyone on the show.

      August 10, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  71. Donald in CA

    I though Mariah had retired. Are folks still watching idol?

    July 24, 2012 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  72. jake

    Ratings will be much better then last season. quarterly earnings will rise and be strong for long time.

    July 24, 2012 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  73. Vix

    The queen can keep up. sure she could do do it.

    July 24, 2012 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  74. observer

    great voice, saves her money. she deserves the gig

    July 24, 2012 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  75. marcus

    happy to see her again she's a total professional

    July 24, 2012 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  76. chanity upshaw

    I think she will make a great judge!! She a great Singer and a really pretty lady!! If people don't like it they just shouldn't watch it or go there!! Congratulations Carey. I love you

    July 24, 2012 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
  77. David Martin

    After reading the comments, I have to agree–just because she's sold 100 million copies or so, and has posted more #1 songs than any single act in history–is that any reason Mariah Carey should be a judge on Idol? After all, she hasn't had a hit in the last 3 weeks, and of course being over 30 means her brain has rotted and she couldn't possibly offer any insight to the carbon-copy musical geniuses who appear on idol these days! Get someone like the one-hit wonders Idol has produced over the last 2 or 3 years. I'm sure Kelly or Carrie wouldn't do–they're 30 or so as well! Come on, bloggers–wake up!!

    July 24, 2012 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  78. Your 3rd Judge

    BTW, considering having Aretha Franklin as a judge? This isn't an all-you-can-eat contest at Krystal, this is supposed to be a talent show, but since Aretha Franklin is neither talented or relevant I can definitely feel the show execs working. The last time Aretha was relevant was when the USA just finished the Civil War.

    And Adam Lambert? The guy/gal couldn't even sing when 'it' made an appearance on the show this season. It must be a prerequisite that judges must be annoying, past their prime, and completely devoid of musical talent.

    And, would someone kick Ryan Seacrest in the face, please? What is the appeal with that freak?

    July 24, 2012 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Kittyhawk

      You are an idiot. Aretha Franklin talentless? Not relevant? You need to bone up on your musical history. AFs contributions to the music industry are unprecedented. Her amazing voice and unerring musical sense have done more for that industry, not to mention African Americans and women in general in that industry, than Mariah Carey could ever hope to achieve. If you enjoy pop music, that is your business, but you should know your facts about history before posting instead of making statements like this and looking foolish.

      July 24, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • jd

      wow. people like you make the world such a nicer place. if you were to be advertising on a dating site your top qualities sound like; opinionated, mean and nasty.

      July 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Your 3rd Judge

    American Idol has been done for years. They're the Brett Favre of TV shows, and they should simply retire the show instead of always trying to reinvent it with different judges all the time. Besides, J-Blow and Steven Tyler shamelessly used the show to promote their own garbage/videos so that the focal point wasn't the new talent, but themselves. Add to the fact that Jimmy Iovine is older than dirt, and is the only one out of all of them who is consistent... consistently wrong. Has that guy been right about anything or anyone? He's as much a fraud as J-Lo, Tyler, and Randy Jackson.

    Tell Randy that the 1980's called and that they want all their over-used cliches back. That whole 'dawg' thing is dumb and makes him look even dumber than he normally appears.

    If they want a true judge, they should bring in Judge Judy. That loud-mouthed, self-important codger would be a nice addition. Between her, Carey, and Jackson, they wouldn't be able to agree or disagree on anyone, plus we would get Judy's wit and wisdom that you can usually only find at Thursday Night Church Bingo.

    Mariah isn't "blessed"; she's hackneyed and finished, but she's a great role model for young girls everywhere who can't decide whether or not to go crazy, marry a rich flash in the pan, and dress in clothes that are reserved for babies and toddlers.

    Bye bye, Idol. Simon got out while the getting was good. Simon: the only good judge that show ever had.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
  80. lolololol

    The Queen of Soul expressed interest in being a judge and Idol decided to go with this twit instead??? Could this show get any worse?!

    July 24, 2012 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  81. tdsd

    Mariah as judge? Helloooooooooooo.

    July 24, 2012 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  82. Bye Bye American Idol

    Good God you have hit rock bottom. Self absorbed bimbo who can't sing, great choice, NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    See ya later AI IDIOTS

    July 24, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      If Mariah Carey can't sing then Michael Phelps can't swim. Can't believe some of these comments!

      August 10, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  83. debbie

    Bleck! I now have an open slot on my dvr. No way do I even want to record the show. She might sing ok, but she's a bimbo – worse than JLo/ Bye bye Idol

    July 24, 2012 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  84. markcnn800

    She is probably ok, but that means her zombie hubby will have to be on the show too as if he has any talent...

    July 24, 2012 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  85. BDog

    Blah! This show is so done and over with. Time to put it to rest. Just what the show needs, a stuck up Diva snob who probably hasn't written one of her songs in decades. Just bring on Adam Lambert or Charlie Sheen and kill it for good.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
    • markcnn800

      I agree, Adam Lambert is my deal breaker. I have been watching for many years. There is a reason is was not chosen as the American idol.

      July 24, 2012 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  86. Lobo

    Jebus. u need to bow to Foamy the Squirrel. learn who the true master is. Bow or face the SQUIRRELLY WRATH!! btw good choice for judge

    July 24, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  87. ALEX JUDE

    This to cnn I just want say 3tin dat I knw well, she is just

    July 24, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  88. TCoop

    Awesome choice - finally a born & bred singer/songwriter!

    July 24, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  89. P Boy

    I enjoy eating while I poop. I feel that I maintain equilibrium by doing so.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  90. JT

    Thanks Idol for a decade of memories. Its time to break up now.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Kelli V.

      I'm very excited to see Mariah. She IS talent. Over? Seriously? Dream on. Those pipes will never be outdated. She is beautiful and inspirational. Shame on those who would attempt to bash such a blessed entertainer.

      July 24, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  91. BryantStacey

    I'm a fan of the "old" Mariah Carey music. I'm really disappointed that American Idol keeps hiring "almost washed up, looking for a 2nd career jump start" artists as amateur talent judges. JLo and Steven Tyler used American Idol to further their own careers, they weren't that interested in the talent on the stage. Mariah Carey is a talented singer, but, her time is OVER just like JLo's time is done. No one in American Idol's target demographic of 18-34 has any interest and watching mid-aged women gyrate in 1-piece sparkly catsuits, shaky post-baby hips.

    I'm offically NOT watching American Idol anymore. I only watched about 2 episodes last season, I'm sure it will be less this time around. But, good luck Mariah....

    July 24, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  92. blackyblackerson

    Her existance is as fake as her marriage.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  93. Elly

    Mariah Carey......really? Such a diva. Love Nick Cannon; can't stand her. Will definiitely NOT tune in.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  94. Babaloo10

    Give Mariah a chance. She has some serious musicality going on. I think she has experience she can draw from to get these young stars on their way. I'm really glad she's coming. Hoping she would. She's better than JLo. They wanted JLo for the Latin / Hispanic audiences. Steve Tyler was there for entertainment. He was drunk or drugged most of the time. HE didn't belong. Going to really watch IDOL now. Sorry haters!!!!!

    July 24, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  95. Name*Tunaheler

    Is that show still on??

    July 24, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  96. Leah

    I thinks he will be a great judge but more than anything I would love for them to bein back one of their own successful idol winners like Kelly or Carrie to judge for a season!!!! I can't believe they haven't yet

    July 24, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  97. yo dogs

    Let's ask Adele to be a judge too. Yo yo yea!

    July 23, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  98. mariah mania

    mariah will fit in the project – it should all calm down for mariah soon. ha.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Masheen

    I'm Charlie Sheen, and I'm your next 'Idol' judge. Get ready, because this total rock star from Mars is bringing the gnarly gnarlington to Idol in January!

    July 23, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  100. jasmine

    I think it is amazing to have the one and only Mariah on Idol as a fan I am super excited!!!! She is the real deal it will be amazing.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Babaloo10

      I agree. She's really great and I think she's calmed down alot since married with kids. She'll bring alot to the table. I like her, not just her music.

      July 24, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  101. blackyblackerson

    She's a niggg lover . And it's been said she's not going to be on the gay idol.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Trevor Aron

    I think she will do just great, but she has to be able to articulate herself very well which Jlo really did well.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Redeye Dog

    What channel is this show on? Carey is cute!!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Ugh.

    I will officially NOT be watching Idol now.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  105. nugent and fred

    they are fixated thats for sure.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  106. sly

    Pat Benetar would definately be a good fit for the Indian

    July 23, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  107. ricky lee

    Lost in the eighties....guilty.....robin zander or joan jett.....how about doro pesch or bruce dickinson????? ted nugent or tommy shaw????

    July 23, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  108. .•|•.

    I wonder who the 3rd judge will be? I wish they would change the voting on that show, tho. It seems unfair, ya know?

    July 23, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  109. ricky lee winals

    Just my opinion....Pat Benatar and Ric Ocasek would be a way better choice....How about John Waite or Richard Marx??? Now these are ROYAL talents in the music business...

    July 23, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Here's an idea....

      How about cancelling that lame program?????!!! NO ONE wathced Idol any more. Jumped the Shark years ago.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      Yes Richard Marx....great talent singer and songwriter. While most think he is a "has been" he continues to write songs that top the charts in New Country. He also knows the business end and behind the glass, started as a backup singer. He also worked with Randy before, though on his weakest album.

      August 10, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  110. mariah is fantastic....

    TROLL ALERT-READY?

    July 23, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  111. (

    he net worth is over 250mil what's yours. she does not blow her money either...to have that at 43 years old she doesn't blow the bucks..good job M

    July 23, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  112. ******

    I love mariah carey and she still has the pipes. I said good luck

    July 23, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Say it ain't so

    & just when you thought the ship wouldn't sink, along comes the iceberg...

    July 23, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Bob

    certainly not a judge selection that encourages me to watch Idol. Tyler and J Lo were people I've enjoyed listening to for years....Mariah Carey is someone I've seen more in tabloids than have heard her songs...i'm sure i'd recognize them...but not something i'd ever seek out...so for me this is not a positive step (Britney would have appealed to me more)

    but just one persons opinion...wish her best of luck

    July 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Marty

    Easiest way to determine if a celebrities career is over? They become a judge on a reality show.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • andy

      I tend to agree, but twenty million plus is a great way to go.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Babaloo10

      Someone just commented why not bring back some idol greats to be judges, like Carrie or Kelly. Your comment would say that they should not because that would mean these two are at the end.

      July 24, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  116. Name*mike

    Is she gonna lipsync her comments

    July 23, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  117. tori

    for the people who have so much to say on blogs, why don't they say this stuff to who they are suppose to say it to.

    reminder: anyone who threatens that they have your ip address keep a note of it and call your company to alert them of the threat

    July 23, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Marguerite

    good job mariah, glad to see you back

    July 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Norvy

    Well, it's about they pick a true and great singer to host. Paula Abdul and J.Lo are entertainers – not singers.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Smart Potatov

    BEST. DECISION. EVER.

    Now AI will finally die its proper death.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Vic

    Mariah Carey is more than twice the talent than Lopez could ever hope to be and should make north of $40M! Lopez is way overrated and her talent deserved no more than playing Selena . . . oops forgot her last name . . . almost 20 yrs ago.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Jebus

    Sgscherrer you too have failed to bow to the almighty Jebus Christ. Eternal suffering awaits

    July 23, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  123. bam

    she will eat the losers.... BEWARE!

    July 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  124. NFL

    I really want to see Aretha Franklin – talk about a legend...and bringing a different point of view – DUMP RANDY!! How about Nigel on the panel like on SYTYCD? Or Clive or one of the behind the scene guest mentors? I love having Jimmy around – whether mentor or judge, just be sure he's still involved.

    July 23, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Val Johnson

    EWWWWWWWWW... my idol days are over now for sure !!!

    July 23, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Al

    I stopped watching Idol 6 seasons ago .....I'm back baby, MARIAH I'm yours. Finally a judge that actually SINGS, they needed someone with talent, not pretend JELL-o or Paula high-on-dul

    July 23, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  127. I AM the Queen

    Sure she can sing. She ain't gonna like this gig. Should be interesting for a few minutes.

    July 23, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  128. archie

    she sure is one 'stinkin' rich 'pig'

    July 23, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  129. tracy

    Well atleast she can sing . She will be sweet yet she has credentials – good for her. Easy money for her .

    July 23, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Gordo

    Idol has "Jumped the Shark".

    July 23, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  131. archie

    where is Em when u need him!somebody call eminem!

    July 23, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Em

      I love Eminem! But I'm sure he's busy with his music career, unlike the judges on AI.

      July 24, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  132. GMAT

    Charlie and Paula would raise the ratings through the roof. Great theatre.

    July 23, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Caryn S

    Who wants to watch it with this pit judging it? Idol, you have no idea how many viewers you just lost.

    July 23, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caryn S

      Supposed to say "pig" not "pit"...

      July 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clarissa

      Actually, most people think she is pretty hot. I'd love to see you and compare her to you. You really wanna spread that negativity around? It makes you sound UGLY inside and out.

      July 23, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Sgscheerer

    Ok she can sing great but she sucks at interviews and bad with communication.

    July 23, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Be Real

    Eminem would be the perfect choice for third judge!

    July 23, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  136. M

    Show has struggled for quite sometime. This is one of its last gasp of life. No pun but the fat lady is warming up....

    July 23, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Okey Dokey

    American Idol would increase their ratings if they'd start having the female judges (not including Justin Bieber) do the show in the nude. I for one would keep hoping for those standing ovations.

    July 23, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Sgscheerer

    It's just sad some great stars are doing this for $$$ and to help their career.

    July 23, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave in San Diego

      What is so sad. Good for them, they worked hard to get where they are at and whether Fox thinks they're worth it doesn't really matter cuz they're writing the checks. I just don't understand when people say things like this. Singers are selling a product, their voice and personality. Mariah has both, plus she's eye candy. Be happy for her, she's not taking anything away from anyone else.

      July 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sgscheerer

      Ok see they are doing it kuze of a stand still career so just think about it.

      July 24, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  139. 2Sliqq

    CHAR-LIE! CHAR-LIE! CHAR-LIE! CHARLIE!

    July 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Florida Bill

    Mariah Scary....par for the course, this program is going down hill and has been since Simon left...

    July 23, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simon

      Agreed! I stopped watching the show after Simon left. He was the most honest judge AI has ever had.

      July 24, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  141. Steve

    I love Mariah so I'm looking forward to seeing her. You just gotta give her a chance.

    July 23, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Burbank

    I would rather see real, big time talent scouts as judges with maybe only one current performing star on the panel for input from that angle. Stars don't hire, they perform. I think the "talent" would prefer getting critiqued by the ones that are going to actually buy what they have to offer. Just sayin...

    July 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Mike in WI

    When will the 'salary (greed) bubble' bust. No one deserves these exhorbitant salaries!

    July 23, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      Please take an economics course. This type of basic misunderstanding is poisoning our country and making it difficult to fix our real problems.

      July 23, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  144. mstee

    Good choice! Finally a judge with real vocal ability!

    July 23, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  145. who cares

    This will be the first year i will watch idol thanks to mariah

    July 23, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Babaloo10

    Now here is a singer / musical personality that really can help immensely with someone's new career! I think she will be nice but honest to contestants. If she hangs more than one year though I'd be surprised.

    July 23, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Jebus

    ron g you have failed to bow down to Jebus. you are going to feel the wrath. You have come to your judgement and now you suffer at the hands of Jebus Christ!

    July 23, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Fheal

    ahhh .... the sound of the last coffin nail

    July 23, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Annie

    I can't think of a more self serving person to an Idol judge. J Lo was the real deal; Mariah, not so much. She may have a set of chops, but her demeanor and lewd clothing make her one of the least sincere people in the business. Idol has just lost a viewer, I'm afraid

    July 23, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • nancy

      I love her lewd clothing. She has nice boobies

      July 23, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melanie

      You did see J.Lo's very inappropriate videos of herself didn't you?

      July 23, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • another_aspiring_rockstar

      Well, I don't usually respond to these things, but your comment literally shocks me. I didn't know anyone in the world would actually compare the actress Jennifer Lopez with the international SuperDiva singing sensation Mariah Carey. When it comes to taking advice on how to become a successful performing musician, it's like asking George Clooney instead of Mick Jagger. Seriously... You don't have to like Mariah's style to acknowledge her freakish-ly otherworldly vocal abilities. I mean no offense to JLo, but she reminds me of milk toast.. or a decaf sugarfree vanilla latte. Mariah Carey is THE reason many young women shamelessly attempt to hit those crazy high notes – in fact, jLo was probabaly listening to Mariah for TEN YEARS before she was able to even release her first album! .. It is important to give credit where credit is due – and to remember that jenny from the block got nothin on mc's emotions!!! i think i wanna go try out on American Idol now, just because Mariah will be there :)

      July 23, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  150. GBAZ

    Mariah is a great choice and I'm glad she agreed to do the show. Not only has she been through some life experiences, but she's kept reputation upright. She can talk about the do's and the don'ts of the performances AND of the industry and do it with personal, substantiating knowledge.

    July 23, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Harry Schlong

    I decided to pass on being a judge. As usual Mariah comes after me.

    July 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  152. warren

    madonna, jlo no talents. Mariah can really sing and hold a tune. Not an idol but will check it out for her. Go mimi!

    July 23, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  153. JD

    J-Lo was better than Paula and Kelly. Not sure if Mariah can be better judge but it will be interesting to watch. Actually, Steven Tyler was funny but did not add much as a judge. I'm not a big country fan myself, but I kind of like the Garth Brooks idea....

    July 23, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Lee

    I think the judge turnover thing is simply the new direction Idol is going. I think it is intentional and smart, fresh faces and star attraction. Some People may not like Mariah personally or her vocal style, but if you think she is not talented or not a star you're an idiot.

    July 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Sunique

    Great Choice....Mariah Carey is one of the Best....I think she will do great. And to all those who said they won't watch. So what....lots said that with JLO and the show survived. U go MeMe..u got this girl.

    July 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  156. ron g

    jebus ur a moron.....the best part of u ran dwn ur mother`s leg!!!!!

    July 23, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  157. sybaris

    OMG. So when is HER new album coming out?

    JLo had hers
    Aerosmith/Steven had theirs

    All these has beens do is use AI to promote themselves

    July 23, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  158. ron g

    mammy ur retarded!!!!!

    July 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  159. nancy

    Why does CNN block my opinion

    July 23, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Mammy

    That mulatto?!

    July 23, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Jebus

    I am Jebus Christ bow down to fear or face the wrath of Jebus

    July 23, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Sgscheerer

    So glad Madonna has so much $$$,fans and talent she does not have to stupe to that kind of job

    July 23, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Nancy

    I love boobies

    July 23, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  164. r00t4rd3d

    I would rather watch Mrs.Tyler and Mrs.Racist.

    July 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  165. ron g

    i never watched the fixed garbage....who cares!!!!!

    July 23, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jwow

      Show is definitely going downhill from here on. Why carey? Must have really been in trouble.

      July 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Suz

    She gives me the creeps! I won't be watching this season. Too bad. It WAS a good show.

    July 23, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  167. nancy

    once again cnn is blocking my opinion on this site

    July 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  168. nancy

    once again cnn is blocking my opinion

    July 23, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  169. aj

    Garth Brooks..... please save American idol! He is a true superstar and idol.

    July 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pamela

      I don't even watch Idol and I had the thought of Garth Brooks the other day. Don't listen to country music either. Wow, I just realized how desperately I need to get a life.

      July 23, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  170. mikrik13

    I had no idea she was doing so poorly in her career. Very sad indeed.

    July 23, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  171. Nyc

    Definetly great diva love her she's the best choice jlo was to but as she has to move on but please we have kids watching tv no gays please ban this country should stop this now to have judges as gay Adam and all they should move to an island where they won't hurt are society that's an embarassmant every show now gas gay people this world will end soon

    July 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      Im confused by these silly comments. I don't watch idol for the judges. I watch for talent. Duh

      July 23, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unamused

      What is with the gay bashing comments?I'm not gay, but found your comments inappropriate, irrelevant to subject at hand, illiterate and hurtful to many good people. You're the one who should move to an island. What an ignoramus.

      July 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  172. cindymom

    REALLY??? Why does anyone think this lady has talent?? Has anyone at American Idol ever watched her perform?? I've been a loyal Idol watcher, but I'm done!! It's been a great run Idol, but I think with Mariah you're done too!!

    July 23, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  173. kana

    finally someone who knows good talent because she has good talent!

    July 23, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Scott

    yawn

    July 23, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  175. kana

    finally they got a actual singer with a great voice! i think i will start watching it now too lol!

    July 23, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  176. JM

    And it will be all about her, and her boobs.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Angel03

    Who really cares who the judges are..focus on the talent not the judges..

    July 23, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Lil

    OK, it's official. Unless the 3rd judge is a country mega-star with some experience under his/her belt, I'm done with Idol. Done.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nodack

      Nobody cares if you watch or not. Is Mariah not a big enough star for you? Does she not have enough qualifications? She is one of the biggest singing idols ever. Who could they possibly get that would meet your approval?

      July 23, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  179. kim

    Are u people real. U really believe steven tyler and j los career would have been in limbo with out idol. Where the hell have u morons been? Ugh they sure the hell didnt get where they are sittin on their asses. And they both have new music and videos out. Dont hate them 4 their success

    July 23, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Branden

    I think it was a very smart PR move on her part. She gets paid big bucks and she gets a career kicker for her new album coming out! Bravo Mariah, bravo!

    July 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Hilda Climb

    Mariah who? Oh yeah, she sold a ton of records 15 years ago but no one can name any of her songs today. She's the singer who can hold a steady note so she needs to shake her voice all around in an attempt to cover up this flaw. She's the most over-rated woman in the business. If you don't believe me, just watch the show go even further in the toilet. Watching Mariah is about as interesting as watching paint dry and she helps me answer that age old question, would you rather be blind or deaf? If Mariah is singing than deaf! Definately deaf!

    July 23, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      Your HUGE jealousy wrinkles are showing, you should do something about that! And you should also do some research because she still has number one albums hitting the charts, last one was 2009 or 2010 which if you can do math (which I wouldn't be suprised if you can't) was not 15 years ago. So keep on hateing, lol! Cause Mariah is sittin up in her giant mansion taking money baths and wipping her butt with 100 dollar bills! lol you have to go to the dollar store for your tp! hahahaha

      July 23, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nodack

      Mariah has more talent in her pinky toe than you do in a thousand lifetimes. I am a singer/musician for a living and people like you with no talent bagging on people like Mariah crack me up. Those that can't rag on those that can out of jealousy I guess.

      How many #1 songs have you had?

      July 23, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Connie

    I stopped watching American Idol with Jennifer Lopez as a judge. I will start watching again with Mariah Carey as a judge. Mariah is a true talent and doesn't bring negative publicity. (ie.,dating a much younger man while still married)She is a great choice!

    July 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glenn

      I started, again, with Jennifer Lopez. Now I will, ABSOLUTELY, stop watching with Mariah.

      July 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  183. David Lewisville

    A great music producer and songwriter like Babyface would be a great fit for the show. People with actual musical talent. Mariah will add value and give good insight with her music background.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Danimal

    Idol is fading....and fast. If they are stupid enough to hire Mariah then they deserve to be gone. Mariah is deperate and so is Idol. I can see it all now. She will act cute and diva-like, then cry and say how hard it is to let people go. Then perform a few numbers that she just happens to have ready and then she will launch her new album, thanks to all the exposure. Then in a season or two she too will be gone "to explore other options". Idol originally was about the contestants, now it's just junk.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      You are so right! I give her one..MAYBE two seasons, then she's gone. She's using Idol the same way J-Lo and Tyler did. Idol is so tired and boring now...why won't they just kill it!?

      July 23, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nodack

      Idol is still the same as it always was. They go around looking for young singing talent. They pool the best 150 together and then trim it down as they go until there is only one left. The fans vote to keep or get rid of people. The judges are there just to pick the talent and then America trims down the final 20 as always. The judges are there mostly as entertainment and to give their opinions. Saying Idol is good or bad in different years because of the judges is silly. I will say I enjoyed the show more after Simon left. I don't enjoy watching him belittle the contestants. That is rude.

      July 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  185. mary

    YUCK..she's so icky. Seriously was there no one else? She's so self absorbed.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  186. lorie goldstein

    I think she will be great.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Me

    Why do people still watch this show? Every year is just a popularity contest, it has nothing to do with singing talent.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      Um yeah, thats why they call it american idol. You honestly ever thought it was about the best singer? Even the JUDGES tell them that.. over and over... you got to get votes. You have to make them like you. Duh. When you are doing covers, its STILL about the persona. Plenty of great singers have come through there, and their original material comes out terrible. Dont care how good you sing, if your songs suck, forget it. Its always been a popularity contest. Still a great show.

      July 23, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Southernquilts

    This is going to be fun. JLO was dull.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  189. New Gawker

    she's perfect, she's as crazy as Paula Abdul.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  190. ashley

    i dont kno what the h*ll is yalls problem dissin on mariah carey. She is a great singer and is amazing. I deffaintly think she qualifys to be a judge on american idol. Afterall it is american idol (were you find americas new talent) dont you think the judges of the show should b someone thats had experience in the industry and knows what there talkin bout and not some complete knockoff idiot!? Congrats to mariah!!

    July 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Lance

    It will be great to see a judge who many of the contestants try to duplicate . Finally a true American idol as a judge. Not only can Mariah sing she writes and co produces her own music what more can you ask for. Plus she's hated by many so that in itself will make all the haters watch. Great move by American idol, I will be watching for sure.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Cyn

    Finally a judge with actual talent! No more wanna-be's!!

    July 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  193. J-Man

    I hope they get an honest judge in there. Haven't really had sombody since Simon tell enough people that they suck. Seems like we have a bunch of Paulas out there (i.e., everyone is great). Also that is what makes the show interesting.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Yvonne

    The show is definitely going downhill. I wasn't really thrilled wtih JLo but Steven Tyler saved what was left of the show. He was pretty funny. I have no interest at all in watching the show with Maria Carey. In terms of diva, she makes JLo look like Mother Theresa. I might watch a show or two just for yucks but otherwise, I just have no interest. The show is over.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Couldn't agree more. I would venture they will see at least a 20% drop in ratings, probably more.

      July 23, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Valerie

    I think Mariah is an excellent choice. Talented, has been in the business for 20+ years, beautiful with a personality. What more could you want?

    July 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  196. jillmarie

    I think it's a great match. I'd watch regardless. I'm not a huge fan of her type of music, but I love her voice. I'm intrigued to see how she is as a judge.
    I read today that Idol execs are possibly interested in having a whole new panel each year, saying how their top choice of judges are busy high profile people who will need to move on, like J.Lo, Steven, or Ellen.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Roscoe Chait

    I thought they were going to announce Fred Willard as the new judge. He's out of a job and would like to see all the Idol hopefuls, especially the girls.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  198. JakeW

    Mariah Carey hyping herself again, I see.

    Carey has played the game of trying to make herself seem popular as well as anyone else. What Carey doesn't mention whenever she trumpets the number of #1 singles she's had is that a large percentage of those singles made it to the top by her deep discounting the physical product to ridiculous prices like 39 cents because record charts are partly based upon total sales rather than dollar amounts. Her record company lost money on each sale. How many of you can sing along to such big money losing singles like "Don't Forget About Us", "Touch My Body" and "We Belong Together"?

    So, since Mariah made the decision (again for self-promotion and ego) to sell her records for a loss one could make the argument that Mariah Carey is the least popular singer of all time.

    I won't be watching Idol this year with this shameless hypester on board.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Joseph

    good decsion she has more talent then JLO will ever have and she has proven herself for the last 20+ years..plus she has made history as being the only judgeon the show who can actually hold a note

    July 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norman

      Joseph-Mariah will never be as talented or as pretty as JLO-American Idol needs to go away-it has been limping along-pathetically-for five years now...

      July 23, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  200. JENNA

    RANDY'S GONNA MAKE A PILE OF MONEY ON THIS: HIS OWN SALARY, PLUS HIS CUT OF MARIAH'S, AS HE'S HER MANAGER.

    July 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  201. jrcomo35713

    A star was born because of their producer. Get producers on the show, not Stars. I'm not saying Carey cannot sing, she can out-sing 98 percent of the population knowing her background, but a person like Clive Davis, Babyface, Dr.Luke, Stargate... They may be or look boring but if you want quality singers coming out of that idol pool, then these people are the star makers.

    July 23, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Mariah is a great talent in her own right but I don't think she can bring Idol back to the old days, it's just run it's course.

    July 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Jon

    YAY!! I still won't be watching it.

    July 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • perdyFly

      How could they afford her? As for idol itself, I think they need a name change.

      July 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  204. keithian

    Only an idiot would deny that Mariah Carey isn't qualified to do this job based on her know how of the music business and her longevity which at 42 already surpasses most. She has how many hits? All the judges did last year was compliment everyone in fear of hurting anyones feelings. It was the worst group of talent since I starting watching 6 years ago. The Xfactor's top 10 was so much more talented. I downloaded one song from American Idol. I downloaded about 20 from Xfactor. The other problem is the voting system. Is it any clue that the most talented rarely win when you have a bunch of teenagers texting based on charisma or looks over talent as many times as they want? I always wonder who would win if it was a one person one vote show and just how many votes that would be.

    July 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Shelly

    N ppl that r that concerned about celebrity judges that already make bank- more ridiculous! Lol

    July 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  206. disagreement

    Let this show die plz

    July 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Alexander

    This is yucky. Guess I won't be watching next season.

    July 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Tree

    Really......
    I think she is over rated, plus she looks like she has issues. Wonder what they are paying her.......no i don't think she is the right one and Adam is not the right one too...............

    July 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Shelly

    Hhhhmmmm thought american idol was about unfound talent....... Not the judges. Cause doesnt america vote?? Yep- thought so....

    July 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Pam Robison

    Shouldn't you have to have talent to be a talent Judge? Might as well have Victoria Beckham. Equally lacking in talent as MC!

    July 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Ace88

    I'd rather have Mariah over Adam Lambert. If he becomes judge, I never watch again, and neither will half of the south

    July 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      Oh please. You're ridiculous.

      July 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • LK2

      Why, because he's gay?

      July 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norman

      Ace88-the south will watch what theyre told to-just like they vote how theyre told, listen to preachers like theyre told, eat fattening food like theyre told...etc

      July 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  212. John

    All this hostility (read: bitter envy). The woman has been on the chart for two decades, knows the business inside and out, and can't be any worse at expressing her opinion than Randy Jackson, yet all you envious whiners feel the compulsion to come on here and complain, complain, complain. How pathetic are your lives like that this is how you spend even five minutes of your free time? Wow.

    July 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • mw-maryland

      Agreed! Mariah can sing circles around most of these so-called "star singers" of today. Good choice for AI.

      July 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • gerrymcg1

      Why are you spending your free time typing this?

      July 31, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  213. hannah

    That is a wonderful news. I love Mariah!!!

    July 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Dave

    While I'm not a huge fan of her music, Mariah Carey is a seasoned pro in terms of music, vocals, stage presence and the ability to entertain. And, she's worked closely with Randy Jackson on her past albums...so my guess is that if he stays, they should probably complement each other. I do think that if it weren't for Idol, J-Lo's career would have remained in neutral. I think that even Steven Tyler and Aerosmith got a bit of a "bump" in popularity as a result of Idol. Steven really surprised me with his gentle and encouraging nature...I developed a greater respect for him and his music as a result of his appearance on the show.

    What I've always liked about Randy Jackson is that he is a music business insider...and despite his repeated "buzz phrases," he really does know the business. However, my guess is that J-Lo will see her career go into a dormant stage in the near future...she definitely got a "bump" as a result of Idol. It even landed her a few endorsement deals (Kohl's) that she probably wouldn't have gotten otherwise.

    Should be interesting to see who else they tap for the third judge, assuming that Randy Jackson sticks around.

    July 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • LK2

      While Mariah has a great voice (she didn't get where she's at now if she didn't! So YES, she DOES have talent and knows music!), I hope she can be articulate in her critique like Jennifer was. That was what I loved about Jenny being a judge. She was very, very supportive and kind in her critiique. Something that goes a long way. No need to bash someone (I'm talking about the ones that CAN sing! NOT the idiots that audition that sound like nails on a chalkboard) just because they had a "bad night" and their performance wasn't up to par. I think Mariah will bring a lot to the table IF she can bring her ability to express like she can in her music. Otherwise, she won't last either.

      July 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave Too

      I agree Dave. A lot of negative comments here, but mostly from trolls who would complain about anything from their mom's basement. But you're right, Mariah & Randy's history should play well if he remains, which I hope he does.

      And the best part about her joining Idol, is that it's a slap in the face to Simon Cowell and his X-factor! He tried in vane to get her, but no luck! Anytime Simon gets publicly insulted, which this is, it's a good day!

      July 23, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  215. Bernie

    She's not 43; she's 42. Regardless of her age, I don't think she can save this show. Not that the show has gotten worse, but all the compelling success stories have played out time and again to the point where they're overly predictable.

    July 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  216. carol

    As if Steven and J-Lo were not bad enough, ughhhhh the train has just wrecked. American Idol's days are number. Will not watch this train wreck.

    July 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Lynda

    Done with American Idol if Mariah is a judge...some names were being thrown around that sounded interesting, but the show has been steadily going downhill. Randy is great and so is Steven, but this addition brings nothing to the table and if Steven leaves it is over. Randy can't pull the weight of three.

    July 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      Everyone needs to put their pride aside and give up on Idol....The Voice is tons better and more entertaining anyways....you Idol fans just seem to stick with it because its on fox

      July 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • DK

      Steven was great? I dunno what show you were watching. In his two years, he probably said 3 interesting and helpful things. Howard Stern has done more in 5 shows of AGT than Steven did in 2 years.

      July 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Rose

    I think her talent will be one of the greatest contributor to American Idol. I will certainly watch!

    July 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Frank

    Mariah is an amazing vocalist. I don't care for her new stuff, but her old stuff is unmatcable. Her new stuff is too much rap and not using her vocal talents. However, when she reqally sings it is truly amazing. What a range!!!!!!!! Will watch just because if her.

    July 23, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Dude

    My gosh people sure do keep up with their daily dose of hateraide and their hypocrisy! If you guys could get away with charging 40 million or so to a network just for showing up, I am more than POSITIVE you would! lol so get off that lame pedestal that you have yourself on and get over it!

    July 23, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Marianne

    That's the final nail in the Idol coffin. I watched from day one, but not anymore. What a mistake... I guess the Idol producers believes Mariah's self-severing hype.

    July 23, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Madonna

    What about ME!!???!!! I can slip a nip with the best of them. My old creeky nip.

    July 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Towanda

    So much horrible news & stories on TV that I REALLY enjoy FLUFF. American Idol is FLUFF and I love to watch it. I HOPE this is NOT the last season. I think Mariah Carey will do great – she can really sing and thus should be a great judge.

    July 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  224. smitty

    The show has sucked for years. I'm pretty sure she is only doing this for the payday....Idol is a fast sinking ship so why come on now except for the $$$.

    July 23, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Anne

    Ditto . . I won't watch now!!

    July 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  226. KM

    Worst decision Idol has ever made !! And we all thought it made no sense to hire Ellen?

    July 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  227. Erlinda

    It will be fun! Mariah is great – so what if the is a diva? It adds to the act!

    July 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Belinda

    I think she'll be great. She's a super star and an excellent singer. Good luck!

    July 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  229. SoljaGurl

    NEWS WORTHY???

    July 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • blah

      Comment worthy? Oh wait...

      July 23, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      @SoljaGirl: Ah, there it is! The alternative version of the inane "Who cares?" post. Thank you for affirming that the id!ots are still alive and well (and posting) out there. And, now, the standard response: "you clicked and commented, so YOU care." You nit.

      July 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  230. John

    YEAH. I respect her way more than J-Ho and at least she has talent. Can't wait to watch!!!!

    July 23, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  231. babs

    That's it. I have to stop watching now.

    July 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  232. UpState NYer

    Thanks – I definitely won't watch anymore now.

    July 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Lonnie

    She is the most ungrateful woman on the planet. She is probably going to make twice what the others make and she will be the most difficult to work with. I won't be watching.

    July 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  234. Branden

    Yeah the show is gonna go down! Only because I am sure she is charging them over 50 million to be on the show! Thank god, now that stupid show will finally get cancelled from going bankrupt! Good for you Mariah! ;op

    July 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  235. ?

    Here it is, the last season for idol. This chick is going to take it down.

    July 23, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |

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