The Claws Come Out On American Idol…
What should contestants on American Idol expect from the new panel of judges? Well, with Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban joining infamous Randy Jackson, the singing hopefuls will get plenty of honesty, support and maybe some more interesting moments.
The judges spoke to the press on Sunday in NYC following the official announcement from the channel Fox. “I won’t be judging, I’ll be guiding,” Mariah explained. A guide and a judge? Multi tasking will suit you Mariah!
The r&b superstar said she’s not worried about being dubbed the good or bad cop on the panel. “What I want to be is honest and someone contestants can look to for guidance as opposed to… the mean one, the nice one. It’s not about that. I’m me. I am who I am, I’m a producer, I made a lot of records in my life, I know the studio, I live there. I performed all over the world, so it’s not about me, me, me it’s about them.”
And is it a good idea for contestants to attempt belting out a well-known Mariah hit?
“They can sing anything that moves them, as a songwriter I would be honoured,” Mariah said.
As for Nicki Minaj – who is known for having numerous personas, American Idol contestants should prepare for something a little crazy if they have a go at one of her well known songs. “I’ll probably crack up laughing sometimes because I’m mentally unstable sometimes,” the chart-topper said when asked about contestants performing her music. “But they shouldn’t be afraid – it’s gonna be fun and pumping!” We think what she means is nervous laughter (she’s not trying to be rude!)
Keith Urban added, “I’m just grateful I get to do it. I’m grateful that they asked me and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s gonna be a lot of fun.” Season 12 of American Idol premieres this winter on Fox, and we can’t wait!
Article By Emma Sankey