Mariah will, more than likely, be a judge in the same vein as former judges Jennifer Lopez and Kara DioGuardi: Giving criticism and advice in a peppy tone while wearing the newest designer fashions. Something that Mariah brings that neither Jennifer nor Kara seemed to have much of is attitude (Paula Abdul brought attitude, but it was typically only directed at Simon). Mariah’s attitude-swagger-confidence should bring a fun new vibe to the judging panel, especially in the form of banter – banter between judges, contestants, and with the host, Ryan Seacrest. But who exactly will Mariah be bantering with?
Surprisingly, Mariah’s is one of the few names that has not been constantly rumored for the past few months. Instead, names like Miley Cyrus, Aretha Franklin, and Idol alums Adam Lambert and Carrie Underwood have been tossed around. Miley’s name is everywhere on the internet these days (she was also supposedly being considered as a possible judge on The X-Factor, a gig that went to fellow former Disney star and friend Demi Lovato instead), so whether there was ever any truth to those rumors is hard to tell. As for Aretha, she basically threw her name out there on her own, with practically no response (let’s face it, Aretha is a soul legend, but after her few TV appearances and several health problems over the years, no producer could take her offer seriously).
Adam Lambert is also a very busy man, but his name seems to be holding a certain power over the internet rumors. Adam has also appeared on Idol several times over the years and has become one of the most successful contestants ever in a very short time (heck, he’s toured with Queen). Adam could add a rock element that the show has not seen in any of its judges (no, not even Steven Tyler added much as a rock judge – His constant stream of “It was beautiful” remarks kind of downplayed anything helpful he may have actually said). Plus, as a former contestant, Adam would be able to connect to the contestants in a way the other judges cannot.
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