Well, at least we know there will finally be a real singer on the guiding the next generation of artists. Mariah Carey has officially announced that she will serve as a judge on the next season of ‘American Idol’, claiming the spot left vacant by Jennifer Lopez.
Carey confirmed the news in a press release issued by FOX and noted her excited by saying, “as a singer, songwriter, and producer, it’s going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back with ‘American Idol’”. The diva also affirmed that her new single, ‘Triumphant (Get ‘Em) (Ft. Rick Ross & Meek Mill)’, will hit the airwaves at the start of August.
Later this year, Carey will release her new album, which includes contributions from Darkchild, Jermaine Dupri, Randy Jackson, Big Jim Wright, Bryan-Michael Cox and Johnta Austin. The arrival of the record will be followed by the ‘American Idol’ premiere in January.
It will be very interesting to see how ‘American Idol’ will impact Carey’s career. The show exhibited a near-30% decline in viewership during the last year and with major restructuring being conducted behind the scenes, this is undoubtedly a huge risk for her because if the new season fails then the media may portray the loss as a reflection of a dip in Carey’s own popularity.
Additionally, Lopez didn’t quite benefit from being on ‘American Idol’ as many critics predicted. She was able to nab the biggest hit of her career with ‘On the Floor (Ft. Pitbull)’ but her ‘Love?’ album has yet to be certified gold. Still, Lopez catered to the Dance/Pop market and Carey has already noted that her new album will target fans of R&B.
Let’s just see how this entire situation works out. It baffles me that Carey passed on ‘The X Factor (US)’ – a show on the rise – and opted to join ‘American Idol’ instead. Maybe her years of experience in the industry has afforded her wisdom that us common folk, who would rather watch a rerun of ‘Ben 10′ than ‘American Idol’, just don’t understand.