‘American Idol’ Adds New Judge Mariah Carey: Celebuzz Readers Respond

Mariah Joins 'Idol'
FOX officially announced the singer as one of its new judges.
'Idol' Adds Auditions
Season 12 will feature a small-town tour bus, online submissions and more.
After speculation grew over the past week, FOX officially announced on Monday that Mariah Carey would take one of the vacant seats on Season 12’s judges panel.

It’s certainly a high profile move for the reality competition, which has been facing several challenges as of late.

Not only did the show pull in its lowest rated season finale ever last May, but then it lost two of its judges recently: Jennifer Lopez decided it was time to focus on other projects while Steven Tyler wants to redirect his efforts back into his iconic rock band, Aerosmith.

Then last Thursday, the series — which has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy nine times without a win — found itself out of the running for this year’s award.

Experts have said that the series has become stale compared to new entries into the talent competition field, NBC’s The Voice (which did nab an Emmy nom) and fellow FOX series The X Factor. Furthermore, they say the series has steadily lost its appeal to young viewers.

What does the show need from Mariah?

While Adam Lambert was floated earlier this month as a possible new judge and youth attraction, it remains to be seen if the reported $18 million FOX shelled out for Carey was money well spent and attracts the audience its needs.

After news of Carey’s official hire broke, Celebuzz’s readers hit the comments section, Facebook and Twitter to express their thoughts on the five-time-Grammy winner’s new gig.

How did our readers react to the news? While there was a fair amount of joy about Carey joining Idol, there was also a very vocal group of naysayers. See below for the comments that caught our attention.

Nina Brown Welp: I just quit watching this show! Worst possible pick American Idol could have made! Get ready to watch your ratings drop!

Carranza LoVe Rocio: Bad no good….

Dennis Dupuis: there goes American idol down the drain shame :( … keep a eye on the ratings you will see for yourself I am not saying I wish mc the worst I am saying I don’t see her as a judge if anything it will only focus on her

Francis Akoje-Patrick: Xfactor couldn’t get her

Deborah Nangle: Never been a fan and never will be. Can we say DIVA?

Cristal Martinez: Best news ever!!

Kim Greene: congrats Diva I will be watching

Suzzane: yuck, one more show on TV I won’t be watching anymore!

Jennifer Logroño Meza: It won’t be the same without Jlo

Jenn Phantom Mangin: Well that’s a good reason not to ever watch the show again!

Ihuoma Onyinyechi Martina: That’s an excellent choice….

Leslie Carvajal: she is the American idol!!

Wanderson H. Pereira: I’ll be watching it again !!!

Sylmarie Wuison: Mariah Carey Congrats!!!!

Erika Casellas: yes someone that can sing!

Now it’s your turn to weigh in. Is Mariah Carey joining Idol music to your ears or like nails on a chalkboard? Sound off in the comments section below.

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