By Christina Nicole
Over the past 10 years, contestants on American Idol have been warned not to sing “the untouchables,” which means they shouldn’t even attempt to belt out ballads by Whitney, Celine and Mariah. But it turns out that one of these “untouchables” will now be seated front and center in the judge’s chair.
Fox announced yesterday that the biggest recording artist of our time, Mariah Carey has signed on to American Idol Season 12. The Grammy-winning pop star is receiving an estimated $18 million for a one-year contract with a renewal option.
"I am so excited to be joining 'Idol,'" said Carey, addressing the Television Critics Association via Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly's cellphone, which he put on speakerphone for the hotel ballroom meeting. “I can't wait to get started in the fall...and I will see you in January."
Judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez exited at the end of last season. Randy Jackson is the only original judge seated at the judges’ table. Ryan Seacrest will be back as host.
Reilly added she was the "artist that many of these contestants have tried to emulate, have tried some of the songs, have tried to hit the notes."
Carey also can provide an edge over rival singing competition "The X Factor," which recently added Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as judges and NBC's "The Voice," which boasts Christina Aguilera among its big names.
So the question remains, will Carey be easy on this season’s contestants or will she be the harshest judge to date? Make sure to tune in to American Idol Season 12 this January.
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Source: AP/Yahoo New