Mariah Carey to join Simon Cowell's 'X Factor'
April 19th, 2011
10:05 AM ET

Mariah Carey to join Simon Cowell's 'X Factor'

Motherhood isn't the only new role that Mariah Carey is gearing up for—the singer is also in talks to be part of Fox's upcoming talent competition "X Factor" this fall.

"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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  1. Tatjana

    Sure,among the female artists,Mariah Carey is the best choice.She have experience ( 20 years of career ),talent ( top female songwriter,top female producer ),influence ( most influencial female singer,greatest pop vocal icon ), huge success ( she became the best selling female artist after only 10 years of career and 9 releases ),a very skilfull and skilful voice,her own mark on music ( whistles,SINGING very HIGH notes,etc...),great impact on music ( introducing elements of Hip Hop/R&B in Pop culture, she's the pioneer of Remixes,etc...).She's Female artist of all times according to her achievements.

    May 11, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tatjana

    Mariah Carey will be a great judge on the show .She's the most influential female singer,the greatest female voice ever and a model of vocal perfection for every female vocalists.Her voice is the bar every female artists compare to.She also have skills,vocal techniques and abilities no one have.She's a great choice !

    May 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Monica

    Mariah is the best choice the judges could ever made ! She's the most talented female artist that ever lived on earth and had the best voice ever !

    May 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. drewso

    my penis is HUGE. i will watch this show

    May 9, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sebastian Van Goober

    Talentless idiot.

    April 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jersey Dude

    Oh no!....the human dog whistle!

    April 20, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. me

    Ok, so I have recently read all these posts and I am not a huge fan, but all I am saying is which one of you makes what she makes and does it for a living for as long as she has? and as far as the fat thing, how many of you are perfect?

    April 20, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Pat Pettrocelli

    David Band is correct, there is Talent here.

    April 20, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. David S. Band Sarasota

    She can do anything because she has Talent.

    April 20, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. bill russ

    We don't need ANOTHER talent show,that's all tv is nowadays. It's one big Gong Show. Where is the Norman Lear of today? Where are the talented writers? TV is getting worse.

    April 20, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. My Name is Mud

    The fat comments don't even make sense. She's carrying twins and had at least one miscarriage before she became successfully pregnant. Leave her body out of this, it certainly has nothing to do with her vocal talent or judging abilities.

    April 20, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. Max in RI

    Mariah Carey is almost as bad a choice as Jennifer Lopez. Neither of them have any business judging other singers.

    April 20, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. portalpunk

    Here is what Simon thinks of you

    April 20, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. windy

    I cant wait to actually see what the show is alll about!

    April 20, 2011 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jay

    I'm so happy too hear that a true singer/songwriter will be on the show. There is no denying Mariah Carey's talent. She defined a generation of R&B music. Excited to watch her on the show.

    April 19, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  16. ..bre

    Agreed w/da gud comments

    April 19, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  17. pippin

    Simon Cowel just announced that he will no longer be a judge on the Brit X-Factor. I'm bumbed out that he sold out to the USA. Britain made this guy and now he's said thanks but I'm out-a-here.

    April 19, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Dee

    I absolutely love Mariah, always have & always will! May God continue to bless & show favor upon her & her growing family...can't wait to watch the show!! 🙂

    April 19, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Amber

    beyonce's new single is finally here!!! check out the FULL VERSION: Girl Who Run The World!

    April 19, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Joe

    I'd have to agree with Sean...a bunch of average bodies making comments about her weight. What she brings to the table is he ability to write hit after hit, her mainstay power in the music business and oh yeah...she has a voice that anybody would kill for (you tube her perfomances and don't take my word for it.) Hmmm...sounds like an excellent resume to judge a singing contest. I think they've finally got it right this time. I'll be watching.

    April 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Sean

    She does what she does best. Sings, makes music. You do what you do best. Resort to name calling. Lol MC is the greatest. 🙂

    April 19, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Sean

    For each individual who decided to make a remark about her weight, id be willing to bet you're no body builder. For everyone who made a comment about her not being a great mom, you obviously have boi children or just can't control your own. Also for everyone who said she can't sing, you obviously have no sense of, well anything. She's the greatest singer/songwriter of the millennium for a reason. 13 studio albums prove that. As well as the millions she's earned. Get a life and leave hers alone. You obviously have no talent yourself.

    April 19, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  23. waynebrady

    now they can rename it "XL Factor".

    April 19, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Gary

    I think Mariah's about 2 sandwiches short of a picnic and her voice is also shot, but she IS a singer and has 20 years experience in the business–she's certainly a hell of a lot more qualified than J-Lo to be an arbiter of singing talent.

    April 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |

    She is niiiiiiiiiice and skaaaanky like ! Just like I like em !

    April 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |


    April 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • marcus

      people have to understand one thing. when you give life, it does not mean you have to give up yours. she like to sing and make albums and her fans like that. you dont know how she going to be as a mother. and i have faith in people, even if you dont,

      April 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruffus McBlack Black

      Good lawd, you tell that woman what she is....

      April 19, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • herp

      LOUD NOISES!!!

      April 19, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Mormon

    As long as she displays her luscious, giant cans, I'm all 'bout it

    April 19, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  28. moon627

    I look forward to the X Factor with Simon and i think Mariah is a good addition.

    As long as its not Paula or Jessica Simpson – ick !

    April 19, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Stacey27

    @ Scott. Yeah, she sure knows #1 records. Google "payloa Mariah" and see how she scored most of her #1 hits. She is a horrible songwriter. About on the level of an 8th graders work. There is a reason she didn't make the Top 100 Greatest Female Arists of all time list back when VH1 did a survey of hundreds of her peers. She isn't respected in the industry because they know just how she got her hits.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • marcus

      stacey27 if you dont like her that is fine. but being a hater is not cute. it tells alot aboutyour self. this world has to many haters in it and its sad. rember its okay if you dont like her. but all that hate is not good for yourself. becauce in the long run she is just fine. unlike yourself.

      April 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ Stacey27

      Yes, and that's why her "8th grade work" lead her to stardom and success while you are left bitter behind the computer screen.

      April 19, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Stacey27

    Mariah cannot even sing anymore. Not that I even liked her screechy voice to begin with. She is one of the worst "songwriters" ever. She is annoying and seems very, um, not so smart.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • marcus

      regardless what bad things people my say about her. she has a great voice. and that all that matters at the end of the day.

      April 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • herewegoagain..

      Her voice isnt what it used to be, but still sounds better than 90% of 'singers' today, her new christmas album and live performances that followed proved it. Whatever you think of her songwriting, she knows how to create hits (18 number ones, more than anyone but the Beatles) and I bet you havnt even heard 10% of her songs. In fact her best songs are the ones that didnt become singles eg. Vanishing, Breakdown, Butterfly. Listen to those, come back and then you can have a credible opinion. Bottom line is she is one of, if not THE most talented woman in the music industry, give her some respect.

      April 20, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • If

      she isnt smart then what are you? She has had a hugely successful 20+ year career and still going, she sure is smart. Dont judge her just because she has big boobs and a pretty face. I've seen enough of her interviews to realise she is an intelligent woman. I really cant understand how people can be so negative towards someone who has done nothing but good all their life, and inspires people every day.

      April 20, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Scott

    Why do so many people who just have negative things to say take the time to write something on here. Mariah is one of the most successful artists of all time and writes almost all of her own music and certainly knows about making a # 1 hit since she has 18, the most for a solo artist. The show will boost her back into the spot light but frankly the show is beneath her.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Tracy

    IF Jennifer Lopez can jusdge singers surely Mariah Can. Congrats to her

    April 19, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  33. erich2112x

    And all the leftover Idol contestants who didn't make it out of the stadium will be there.. The real singers, or the smart ones will hold out for Idol because once you hit that X-Factor stage, Your Idol chances are shot forever.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  34. J0nx

    What the hell is xfactor?

    April 19, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  35. LB

    Don't like her and never did. Does she recall her family from Huntington???? Surely not!

    April 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Native Dude 77

      Surly NOT...she has forgotten her family, friends, community, the poor, the sick, the lame, and those who have encouraged her in her youth: teachers, coaches, Sunday school teachers, neighbors, friends, classmates, and so forth, and even enemies who had taught her a lesson.

      May 8, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Superhiro

    Well duh, isn't she pregnant?

    April 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  37. GTR

    Looks she is getting fatter by the day. She has a butterface to begin with, her nice body was her only saving grace. Now she is losing that too. Pretty soon no one is going buy her albums anymore, people don't like fatsos.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Then people don't like 1-in-6 american's because that is the amount in this country that is classifed as "obese", 1-in-3 adults btw...yep 1-in-3 are at least 20 pounds or more overweight (based on what the AMA deems as a healthy weight).

      Aside from all that - shallow much? Listen I was never a huge fan of Mariah's music style of choice even in her glory days...but to solely go on the womans looks w/o knowing her at all....yeah...that's real mature...idiot.

      April 19, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • I in ManLove with Tom

      Well spoken Sir. Im wondering what you look like. YUM! Do you have a big ole fat weiner!!? Double YUMMERS. What is your phone number??

      April 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • someone

      You obviously don't realise she is 9 months pregnant with twins, if that isn't justification for being big then I don't know what is. I bet you'd rather she used a surrogate mother so she could keep her figure, just to avoid offending your eyes. Even if she was just fat, who cares? If you're that vain and shallow why don't you just watch America's Next Top Model where only girls who are stick thin can be seen. Mariah is a beautiful, curvy woman with great spirit and more talent in her little finger than you will ever have.

      April 20, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Superhiro

    Makes sense to me. It's a singing show and she's got arguably one of the better voices in the business.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Human Resources Mgr

      Mr Hiro.

      Pls report to Human Resources as a discussion is in order regarding your ever increasing amount of wasted BandWidth. GET TO WORK MISTER!!

      April 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ Human Resources Mgr

      What a lame name you came up with... doesn't even work in this case.

      "BandWidth?" Really?

      April 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  39. shae

    I can't wait to watch it ! Mariah Carey is such a beautiful woman and seems like a beautiful person overall. She has camps for children to go to, she is so into her fans and she is so talented. Simon knows what he is doing.

    April 19, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      @Its a drive by - and of course with your elegant and intelligently written response I'm sure everyone puts a high value in your opinions. Damn kids. /rolls eyes

      April 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Its a drive by

      I have a 40 inch flat screen and I dont like to see FAT PEOPLE with their bloated rumps, like Carey, parading her dripping fat around on it.

      April 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Sandra

    I always find it strange that people will make negative comments about people that they don't know personally.

    April 19, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      I totally agree, Sandra. I am not a fan of her Genre of music, but I wouldn't make assumptions about her based on her public persona. I wouldn't let the fact that i am not a fan of her prevent me from watching a show that looks interesting. Weather you like the music she sings or not, she has a great voice, and she is very talented, so i actually think she will make a good judge.

      April 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Al

    At least she's better than Jessica Simpson....when I heard Jessica might be up for some role, I was going to bow out for sure.

    April 19, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  42. gabby

    If I was gonna watch it I certainly wouldnt now.

    April 19, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  43. What?

    Ew. Never mind. I probably won't watch X-Factor.

    April 19, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Maverick

      great to see retards like you won't watch it. seriously, you don't know how to appreciate real talent

      April 19, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • mario

      If that's talent to you..what would be no talent! Hahahahahahah

      April 19, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Really people?!? She regardless of the negativity, facts are facts. She IS the Best selling female artist OF ALL TIME! Google it. She has more #1's than any other solo artist EVER...18. She is a singer. Songwriter. Producer. She has sold nearly 200 million albums worldwide. Been named "artist of the millenium" and won Many MANY awards. She has worked with everyone from Pavorotti and Aretha Franklin to Ludacris and The Dream. Who do you think paved the way for the likes of Cristina and Britney, did we forget "Fantasy" ft. ODB?!? Did u know she also directed that video? Did I mention her songs have spent more weeks at #1 than ANY OTHER artist in history! At the end of the day there will be haters, that goes for any celebrity. Mariah will be a huge assett to the show. Even if you don't watch, her millions of loyal fans will. I've met her twice and have been to several shows...homegirl can sing and she very much is not the DIVA the media makes her to be. BTW. Incase you don't know by now...she's pregnant with twins! She's gorgeous, what is she suppose to look like, a stick!?! She'll bounce back right after and be back better than ever!

      April 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hollyworld

      She better take off some weight. She's almost as washed up as this radio guy they are babbling about!

      April 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Native Dude 77

      I agree, big deal. A woman who is already making enough money when so many others are starving and left without medicines we, in the US, take for granted. Such selfishness and greed in this country. In the end, all will pay; whether 'we' have done good or bad......., I wish all supposedly 'stars' would learn this valuable lesson.

      May 8, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |

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