After many rumors surfaced on who would take over as ‘American Idol’ judge (really Charlie Sheen?) after both Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez announced their departure earlier this month, Mariah Carey has officially been dubbed the newest ‘Idol’ queen.
In the midst of her Dance Again world tour with Enrique Iglesias, singer and ‘Idol’ ex-judge J.Lo took some time out of her busy schedule in Newark, New Jersey, to speak with E! News about the latest on American Idol.
“I think so, yeah. Why not?” the singer told E! when asked if Mariah would be a good judge on ‘Idol.’ “She’s [been] a musician for a long time; she has a lot of experience. And it’s that experience you offer them at the end of the day, the contestants just want to get better and grow through the process,” she added.
Lopez also gave Mariah, and any incoming ‘Idol’ judges, some advice on how to handle the pressure.
“Just enjoy the journey,” she told E! News. “There is pressure as far as the live shows, but you know what? Just remember you’re there at the end of the day to help those contestants grow and to get to the end and to get to that finale.”
“And whenever I thought about that it always made my job a little less pressure-filled and a little easier, because it’s not about you. It wasn’t about me, it was about them. It was about helping them and that always made it a lot of fun for me. I’m going to miss it a lot,” she added.
Fox President Kevin Reilly told E! that Mariah is not considered a replacement for Lopez.
“It was never the goal to replace [Jennifer]. And I think they are very, very different personalities,” said Reilly. “So once Jennifer declared that in fact she felt comfortable moving on, we never actually said, ‘Who’s going to be the Jennifer replacement?’” he added.
Reilly also told E! News there was a scenario where Lopez might have stayed with the show, but they decided otherwise.
Mariah took to her Twitter account to announce her newest gig.