"American Idol" reportedly passed on Jennifer Lopez as a potential judge for its upcoming tenth season due to her extreme diva-tude. So naturally, the show's next move would be to begin courting the only star on the planet who could definitely out-diva J.Lo: Mariah Carey.
That's according to E! News, which cites a source close to the negotiations as saying that not only is "Idol" seriously considering bringing in Carey as a judge, but that Carey is definitely interested in the idea.
"[Mariah] wants it," the source said. "She's seen what 'America's Got Talent' has done for [husband Nick Cannon] and she thinks it will be a good career move."
Earlier this month, Cannon told The Hollywood Reporter that Carey "would love to do" the show, adding that if "Idol" could accommodate her schedule, she would definitely consider signing on.
The source told E! that there are still "several sticking points" that must be worked out before Carey can sign with the show, but added that Fox is optimistic that a deal can be struck. If Carey does reach an agreement, she'll join lone remaining original "Idol" judge Randy Jackson and, reportedly, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, who, according to "sources close to the singer," inked a deal with the show on Wednesday.
Of course, according to returning "Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, Lopez isn't out of the running yet, either. So, really, who knows what the judges' table will look like next season? A rep for Carey could not be reached for comment by MTV News, and a spokesperson for 19 Entertainment told us that "producers have no comment."
If Carey doesn't end up as a judge on "Idol," the remainder of 2010 is still shaping up to be a big one for her. According to an executive at her label, Island Def Jam, MC will be releasing a new Christmas album on November 2, which will reportedly feature six new songs, plus covers and a new mix of her classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You."
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