Nick Cannon: “I’m Not Sure American Idol Can Afford Mariah Carey”

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Jennifer Lopez‘s shock departure from American Idol has seen many a name touted as a potential replacement. One of the most speculated is the 42 year old’s age-mate and rival Mariah Carey.

And while the diva (of all divas) remains “mumm” on the topic, her trusty husband Nick Cannon couldn’t resist voicing his opinion (a filtered version of hers, perhaps) into the mix.

Watch what he had to say after the jump…

Idol may not be able to “afford” Mariah, but her career could definitely afford Idol. Let’s keep it all the way 100.

For, as cemented as her legendary status is, her contemporary relevance (after a string of chart disasters and a cancelled album) is at best “untested” and at worst “hanging by a string”.

Despite her wealth of talent, there sadly exists a much-subscribed to industry age bias – which tends to commercially “write-off” females once they enter 40-street. Yet, as J.Lo showed, the “afflicted” can grant themselves relative immunity by exploiting a popular platform such as Idol; a platform which panders to the record-buying mass. Hence, how Team Mariah act like such shows are “below” her when her record sales are “below” the norm beats me.

Here’s hoping they see sense and collect that cheque!

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  1. July 16, 2012 at 7:22 pm
    justsayin says:

    her career could afford Idol? ya’ll sound silly. She is Mariah Carey thats her career. When you have done what she has done, there is NO way you need anything else. All she needs to do is enjoy her life. There has been so much news about her the last few weeks and this is what you decide to post? And ya’ll wonder why someone like Mariah Carey wont give you an interview. LOL you guys are so NEGATIVE. No matter how many haters have an opinion the facts are clear. Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Madonna, and all true legends could never be FLOPS. PERIOD.

    • July 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm
      Ugh says:

      this is by far one of the dumbest things TGJ has ever said about an artist. We’re talking about Mariah Carey here who happens the be the biggest selling female artist of all time.Boy please!

    • July 16, 2012 at 9:58 pm
      Jasmine says:

      Mariah was the highest selling female of the 90s. That means she can negotiate whatever offers she wants. Even if she does end up doing idol it is a smart move on her part to already put it out there (through her husband) that her contract would have to be huge (bigger than Jennifer Lopez’s) to consider it.

      • July 16, 2012 at 10:00 pm
        Ohdeam says:

        Last time I checked, the 90’s ended almost 15 years ago. Where does Mariah stand amongst the best sellers of today?

    • July 17, 2012 at 7:00 am
      Mobwife says:

      Oh please! Who is checking for MC musically these days? All I every hear about are her twins! She’s not as delusional as Aretha Franklin but she needs to release some new music already! Not rushed material, but new material SOON! The winds are changing in the music industry and she will be moved aside like the rest, like it or not!

      **No hate toward MC, just an honest observation of today’s music industry!

      • July 17, 2012 at 7:21 am
        KillerBey says:

        these lambs are deluded. This isn’t the 90s anymore fools. How much is she selling today for her to act as though american idol is below her.

      • July 17, 2012 at 10:38 am
        ThéLourson says:

        Note for KillerBey: please have a seat, cause even if we’re not in the 90s anymore Mariah still stands as the best selling female artist of all time, any of those new artists with commercial music managed to sell as much as she did so now deal with that.
        Mariah’s not here for that cheap ass tv show…
        And one last thing, Mariah doesnt have anything else to prove, period.

      • July 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm
        Todd says:

        i check for her.alot of people do.

  2. July 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm
    Nunu says:

    maybe janet jackson should do it

  3. July 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm
    Back2Business says:

    ” I don’t know her”- Mariah Carey wins the award for best shade of all time! lol

    • July 16, 2012 at 7:37 pm
      Ugh says:

      love it…lol

    • July 17, 2012 at 12:01 pm
      Todd says:

      YES!and she does it so…gracefully 😀

  4. July 16, 2012 at 7:25 pm
    OpD2 says:

    well it,s mariah she have put in work,time and she is a legend,so if he feels like they can’t afford her he have actual facts to back is talk up,so it is what it is.

  5. July 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm
    ThaInfo1 says:

    She don’t need American Idol. American Idol needs her. I love mimi but it’s totally would be up to her if she wanted to do it. I don’t think it would hurt her career though.

  6. July 16, 2012 at 7:31 pm
    Jer says:

    Um last i checked both of Mariahs last albums went GOLD. And thats with her 12th and 13th album. Yal faves never could. BeYawnce flopping after her 3rd album. Ushers Searching For MoreSales flopped. Chris Browns UnFortuneate flopped. Ciaras new album is gonna flop. When Mariahs new album goes GOLD again yer gonna re re re reeat your crow because Mariah Carey does not need a TV show. She doesnt need a commercial to sell her songs. She doesnt need 4 remixes to push her songs to #1. All Mariah has to do is be Mariah. Your fake faves never could

    • July 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm
      Ugh says:

      thank you! b**** don’\t need to remix her songs to push them to #1
      I’m not even a Mariah stan but i recognise a b******* post when i see one

    • July 16, 2012 at 7:44 pm
      justsayin says:

      i agree with you about her career but I have to say I think we all need to stop calling other artist FLOPS. It does not make sense. All the artist people try to compare can NOT be compared. And to call Beyonce a flop is just hating. I am not coming at you, I just want us all to be honest. Beyonce is the new legend. Usher (and I am no fan) has done very well and is respected among his peers. We the fans are the only ones who bluntly and wrongly compare others and call their hard work FLOPS. Its wrong. They are all good artist and deserve some type of respect for what they have done. Feel me?

      • July 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm
        jill says:


        I agree! Mariah and Beyonce are cool with each other, I don’t get why fans are the only one “hating”?

      • July 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm
        Semahj says:

        I totally agree with you @justsayin

    • July 16, 2012 at 10:04 pm
      Dejae says:

      JER proves from the 546th time what a fool she is. Mariah doesn’t need a remix to push a song to #1? Well she certainly needs SOMETHING, because her last handful of singles (and albums) have been chart failures. A “Gold” album is not a success for someone who is of the stature she’s supposed to be.

    • July 17, 2012 at 7:15 am
      Mobwife says:

      Groundling, unlike the ppl you mentioned THE MEDIA ACTIVELY WORKS TO THWART Chris Brown’s every movement YET he still manages to shine without opening his tail-feather” or kissing their collective asses!

      You keep calling ppl flops but based on whoes standards? Beyonce’s ‘4’ and Chris Brown’s ‘Fortune’ are R&B based CDs! They are not Pop oriented, so that makes them FLOPs? So although they are R&B artists if their music doesn’t sell on the POP CHARTS you brainwashed fools call them FLOPS!……..GTFOHWTBS

      And let’s be honest if MOO-RIHA wasn’t SUCKING THE D**K of the very MARRIED Tommy Mattola and took him from his WIFE & 3 CHILDREN, would the s**** have been as popular as she was? Sure anyone can be the highest paid female of the 90’s when you are SCREWING 1 OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL MARRIED MEN IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY! Here you go –> __/ __/ __/

      • July 17, 2012 at 8:28 am
        That B*tch says:

        Chris Brown’s “Fortune” album was mainly pop with a few RnB songs here & there, don’t play yourself.

      • July 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm
        Todd says:

        ouch,…u suck!

  7. July 16, 2012 at 7:35 pm
    Jboss says:

    How do you figure she needs idol. She could never have a hit record again and will still be rich, still be successful, and still be a legend. These singers don’t need this platform to stay relevant, they need hit songs. At this point in her career she has nothing to prove

  8. July 16, 2012 at 7:35 pm
    That B*tch says:

    Mariah please girl, you do not need American Idol. American Idol is for HAS BEEN’S like J-ho. She had nothing going for her at the time which is why she jumped on to do the show.

  9. July 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm
    ThatGrapefruitJuice says:

    Nick is correcto. Mariah is already a legend AND an icon. This show is tired now and they really should put it to rest. This show is beneath Mariah’s pedigree. RIP AI.

  10. July 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm
    Suicide Blonde says:

    He’s right.

  11. July 16, 2012 at 7:55 pm
    justsayin says:

    This is to EVERYONE. Your favs are your favs for a reason. They do not need to be the best and we do not need to come at each other to prove a point. THEY ALL HAVE FLAWS. why, because they are all HUMAN. Beyonce, Mariah, Madonna, Britney, Janet, Lil’ Kim etc have all done a lot for the music industry. Paving ways for people like Lady GaGa, Rihanna, and Nikki Minaj. I say STOP the hate and CELEBRATE DIFFERENT ARTIST. You all have lost the true meaning of music. No way is it a war of who is better.
    Whats going to happen and how would you feel (speaking to the people who created TGJ) when your time as a hot blog page becomes a thing of the past and the mention of your names would be followed by FLOPS, IRRELEVANT, or something worst? It would not feel good, yet you all promote so much hate as if it can never happen to you… the words of Mariah Carey EVERYTHING FADES AWAY, NOTHING EVER STAYS THE SAME

  12. July 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm
    LOL says:

    She should definetly do it… She’s SO funny and clumsy I think I would watch it for her !

  13. July 16, 2012 at 7:59 pm
    Dont speak, don't tell says:

    40 is no problem for an artist like Mariah, her and Whitney were smart and their back catalogue of music consists of classic mature timeless songs that will transcend through time.
    No shade, but 40 will be a problem Rihanna if she doesn’t change her stance soon, because those songs will have nostalgia but sound dated.
    You can’t say that 40 is a cut off and then post about Naddona in concert

  14. July 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm
    Dont speak, don't tell says:

    It look like Mariah molded that nose a bit more to her liking. Forget AI and hurry with that album.

    • July 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm
      justsayin says:

      oh they all have had that nose touched a bit. LOL Look at mariah in the early 90’s and look at her now. Its no secret lol just unspoken lol Beyonce too. Pull up NO NO NO days. I swear its in the contract of the famous. When you get BIG your nose must get small. Halley Berry……lol

  15. July 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm
    joker says:

    they can’t afford her? lol how greedy are those b****** like her?

    so… why she’s asking for that much. she’s just a judge. 😛

  16. July 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm
    Jayla says:

    Sam is such a hating b****

  17. July 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm
    yeyay says:

    Shiiit…pay me a million dollars and I’ll judge Idol…Man, the ratings for Idol will never be at it’s peak again…Why pay out more than 15 million for an A-list Judge? Idol has to downsize and cut expenses…Idol would be better off with Judges that actually like the show and want to be there and are grateful for the opportunity….Too many Diva Demands….

    • July 16, 2012 at 9:29 pm
      number1k9 says:

      I agree, same here!

      Pay me, I have a degree in Music! Hell I’d do it for half a mill! ! !

  18. July 16, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Sam Sam sam… Seriously Mariah already a Legend and she dosn’t need to prove to the whole world that she need another HIT!! she already a HIT everybody Loves her and foremost she a SUPERSTAR! SUPERSTAR!! and Sam if Mariah had another #1 HIT please don’t post it here and say “MARIAH BACK ON THE CHART’!!! DUHHH!!!!!

  19. July 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm
    Nichole says:

    This is coming from a guy that stans for Janet Jackson, and she hasn’t had a hit song nor album in over 10 years.

    Kelly Rowland’s career is as a dud as dud can get.

    Lol get the f*ck over yourself, Sam. This guy has been a hater for waaayyy too long, and it is clearly because Mariah is the only relevant diva from the last generation standing and has akways bested his flop faves.

    Mariah has REAL TALENT.

    Remember that, take two steps back and have a seat.

  20. July 16, 2012 at 9:25 pm
    Boricualove says:

    Mariah Carey its TOO BIG for them. Cant wait for whats next from her, im sure shes working on a HOT comeback, never underestimate Mrs. Carey!! Thats all im gonna said.

  21. July 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm
    number1k9 says:

    Mariah does not need American Idol in terms of making money, NO!

    BUT Mariah def could use American Idol in terms of trying to help sell her recent albums, music, singles ,etc.!

    Nothing she’s released since 2005 has been memorable!

  22. July 16, 2012 at 9:49 pm
    kythaman2u says:

    Mariah’s last 3 albums flopped…and her next one probably will too…she DOES need AI.

    • July 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm
      Todd says:

      The album’s lead single, “Touch My Body”, became Carey’s eighteenth chart topper on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the solo artist with the most number one singles in United States history, surpassing the record held by Elvis Presley.
      ”E=MC² debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 463,000 copies sold, making it the biggest opening week sales of her career, and also the biggest opening album in 2008 for a female artist”+Obsessed went platinum, I want to know what love is was at number 1 in Brazil for 24 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS!

  23. July 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm
    theman says:

    Mariah’s last album was a holiday album which has sold almost or about 600k gold and that was out for only a few wks. Thats more than all of these r&b flops now. Her music speaks for itself. E=m2 sold nearly 1.5 million copies? Where the f*ck is the flop at? That is still good try again. Mariah is an entity. This thieving a** site is a flop. Mariah had a hit off of her last album and that still got certified. Kelly’s didn’t even go plastic…….. All else is a flop. Sam’s phony a** will be the first one tooting Mariah’s success. He makes excuses for all of his flops. Shut ya damnnn mouth. She is way too big for a sinking reality show.

    • July 16, 2012 at 10:39 pm
      EJR43 says:

      Her holiday album flopped like a Time-Life “Best Of” collection. It didn’t scratch the surface of the sales of her first Xmas album and was a waste of a CD. E=mc2 selling 1.5 million after Mimi went like 5-6x platinum IS a flop. And I see you conveniently left out the abysmal performance of that Impaired Angel album! Or that she had to cancel its follow up because it was shaping up to be a disaster and the public wasn’t anticipating it. LOL

      In the last 10 years Mariah’s had only *ONE* real successful album. Everything else from the 2000s (from GLITTER to ANGEL) either underperformed or outright flopped, which leads me to think that her Mimi album was just a fluke.

      #I Can’t @ these stunted Mariah fans still thinking it’s 1996 and that she has all the star power and hit making prowess she ever did. She’s in the exact same boat/sinking ship JLo was in pre-Idol and absolutely could greatly benefit from being on Idol, if she’s looking for a career resurgence. If she’s content with being a fading diva from yesterday then, hey…let her act like she’s too good…and let us all watch as her next album flops like the others did.

      • July 17, 2012 at 12:26 am
        *NEWBIE says:

        So sad that Mariah is branded a “fading diva” for continuing to work hard and put out material, when most of her peers have plainly retired and/or are living off of the memory of their glory days.
        In the last ten years, Mariah put out seven albums all of which “either under performed or outright flopped”; In the last ten years, Diana Ross put out one album. Where is her “hanging by a string” article? The assessment of her contemporary relevance? Whitney put out 3; Elton John, 4; Stevie Wonder, 1; etc. etc.
        Compared to the unparalleled numbers achieved by the 90’s Mrs. Tommy Mottola, the success of her recent output have been minor and specific; but she has proven to be more determined and diligent than most of the half-trick gimmicks praised on this site after their song jumps five spots up the charts.

      • July 17, 2012 at 1:24 am
        *NEWBIE says:

        And “fluke”?
        Sorry but 14 million in sales, individualizing itself as the highest selling album of 2005 is NO fluke. Achieving the biggest song of the decade is NO fluke. Occupying the #1 and #2 spots simultaneously is NO fluke.

        Recording a bubblegum-soaked song and having Justin Bieber plug it on twitter, catapulting it into infamy IS a fluke.

  24. July 16, 2012 at 11:22 pm
    JR says:


  25. July 16, 2012 at 11:42 pm
    The Birth Son Of Prince Sterling Infinity says:

    I’ma need nick cannon to go back on the bottle. I love him and Mariah… He even reminds me of my husband, but keep it real Mariah needs this

  26. July 17, 2012 at 12:13 am
    theman says:

    Mariah does not neeeeeeeeeeed this damn show. It is over why thee f*ck would she go on a show that doesn’t produce credible artist. JLo had this huge platform and her album didn’t even go gold. As far as Mariah’s last three albums they weren’t flops. They weren’t huge but not flops either, minus a few other female artists those sales are better than most. Hr Xmas album did fine, and even if E=m2 didn’t sale like Mimi it still was a platinum plus album. All of the hater out here only make excuses because thats all they can do. Glitter was a soundtrack. Who the hell is still talking about that anyway???? Move the f*ck on………… Meanwhile only a hater would compare sales froma long while ago til now. That Xmas album outsold many artists regular albums, so act like u know. You’ll be the same loser tooting her praises when her album does wonders which it will. She is far from being in the same boat as JLo. JLo couldn’t get a gold album with a monster hit, Mariah did that and more. Keep failing…….. Lastly, one of Mariah’s albums puts JLo’s whole career to shame, only an idiot would compare the two. Mariah is in a whole diffrent league….

  27. July 17, 2012 at 12:17 am
    theman says:

    Holla at everyone when idol scores any of it’s artists outside of Scottie a platinum album and multiple hits, or even when it scores JLo atleast a gold album……..

  28. July 17, 2012 at 12:22 am
    ChrisFresh says:

    WOW Mariah Carey needs idol?? Dats like sayin Whitney needs it.
    People are always quick to forget a person’s accolades.
    Who stays on top their whole career?

  29. July 17, 2012 at 1:08 am
    Sweetnothings78 says:

    If she’s bringing RNB in her next album then she needs this show as sad to say it RNB has died so showcasing some true RNB could help.

    I hear some 1 say “why doesn’t Janet do it”, urmm cos she’s got no personality and she’s to nice.

    Here’s hoping she wises up and realises RNB needs resuscitating with the show………..

  30. July 17, 2012 at 1:13 am
    *NEWBIE says:

    Well, if she will be sitting in the seat that was once occupied by Jennifer Lopez, then yes, she deserves twice the amount Jennifer received. Musically, Mariah is lightyears superior to Jennifer, so naturally, she would be a more resourceful and credible judge. No offence to Jennifer Lopez.

    Now, as for this article: I’m disinclined to believe that Mariah NEEDS American Idol. In 1991, Mariah wrote lyrics to a piano ballad composed by pianist Russell Freeman several years prior. Not long after Mariah released the Emotions album, Freeman retired, partly living off of the royalties he received from Emotions. Having taken that into account, just imagine the cheque Mariah cashes every Christmas/Holiday season.

    Secondly: something has to be said about Mariah’s work ethic. She has exhibited more adaptability, endurance and longevity than anyone else in the business, aside from Madonna, of course. And they both do it by remaining “Mariah” and “Madonna”, without becoming an “Older Lady GaGa” or “Older Rihanna”. We can dissect piece by piece the numbers accomplished by her recent work, but those numbers are still larger than many members of the current R&B community can ever dream of. Mariah said herself that she leans towards the R&B direction because she personally enjoys listening to it. Thank God Mariah never abandoned the genre or the audience and became a trend-chasing industry puppet.
    She will continue to write, produce, sing and perform the music that she connects to (whatever it may be at the time), damning the music listeners who are drowned in the tidal wave of overproduced dance music.

  31. July 17, 2012 at 4:37 am
    Small_Angel says:

    Maybe this time, Mariah will be able to know who JLO is.

  32. July 17, 2012 at 4:53 am
    Tbozfan10 says:

    I’m not even that much of a fan of hers but y’all sound silly. Mariah Carey is too big to be doing a reality TV series no matter how high the show is rated. Jobs as judges on this or that show are for celebs who have fallen off really bad (like ciara) tand are tryin

  33. July 17, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Mariah should absolutely not do this show
    and they think Idol helped J.Lo… well J.Lo had 1 hit single and a flop album
    Mariah’s christmas album f****** sold more than J.Lo’s
    TGJ is stupid as f*** and seem to only care about hit songs and not record sales by the looks of things…
    Mimi will slay all you c**** with her next album so just sit to f*** down and shut the f*** up…

  34. July 17, 2012 at 7:31 am
    Mobwife says:

    Funny, I keep hearing ppl say R&B has died! No, R&B was KILLED/MURDERED! There is a difference! The music industry is on a respiratory and fading fast. This is what happens when ownership over music distribution is in the hands of a FEW PPL WHO WILL ONLY PUSH THE MUSIC THEY INVEST THEIR MONEY IN aka Pop, Country, & their new money maker Rap/ Hip Hop.

    Funny how Rap has gone from being the industry’s PARIAH to it’s “golden child” in such a short period of time. The POWERS THAT BE figured out how to get you fools to buy into their scheme. Legitimize it (Rap) in the eyes of MAINSTREAM AMERICA, control it, limit it’s access and entry, then repackage it to the UNWITTING masses! LOL

    ***I love the POWERS THAT BE!…..My American Idols :-)

  35. July 17, 2012 at 7:47 am
    TheMan4U says:

    during Idol, Jlo went on to have the biggest selling single of her career actually selling more than the last 10 mariah carey singles combined and the worldwide sales of Jlo’s last cd sold more than mariah’s last two cd’s.

    • July 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm
      Todd says:

      and that single/album still sucked hard,sorry! i dont even compare mc and j lo,but come on… j lo’s music (if u call that music) is plain boring since 2002

    • July 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm
      theman says:

      Lol JLo’s last cd didn’t even go gold, how did it sale more than Mariah’s? Do you know how foolish you sound….

    • July 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm
      MC says:

      you need to learn math

  36. July 17, 2012 at 8:28 am
    lucifer says:

    Oh please – MC is way past her peak & as usual, he is playing her little yap dog promoter. The fact that she would even consider the job shows the state that her career is in.

    Also, for someone who has so much hatred for JLo & has publicly accused her of ripping her off – she sure is following JLo’s lead a lot – from hiring her old mgr Medina to entertaining her idol job (she is probably pissed JLo had twins 1st).

    NC better pray she gets the job so she can afford to buy him nice things bc we all know she does not really tour well & her albums don’t sell like they used to.

  37. July 17, 2012 at 9:32 am
    joker says:


  38. July 17, 2012 at 9:51 am
    ThatGrapefruitJuice says:

    I don’t want Mariah to go sit in the seat of lessors before her. She deserves better than that. A brand new show needs to be created for her with her own seat and throne that no one has ever sat in and used before. She can just make a couple appearances to sing to promote her upcoming re-entry in music and performing. First she needs to make that grand appearance on X-Factor this Fall. I think that’s next and first.

  39. July 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm
    Michael says:

    Thats right Mariah IS the diva of alllllllll divas! Bow down!

  40. July 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm
    JohnnyBlaze82 says:

    I really can’t stand Nick Cannon, but if Mariah is happy then….that’s mostly what matters but ever since she has been with him, her music sales are not the same as well as the quality of it, but I still love. Just wish Nick would have several seats

  41. July 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Real DIVAS don’t do reality TV talent competitions
    Mariah does not need Idol or any other show of that matter
    However, Idol would gain a lot IF Mariah were part of it
    They would FINALLY have a judge that can actually SING

  42. July 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm
    Todd says:

    TGJ,thanx for at least puttin a nice pic! Love my Mimi to death,she wont do that AI thing!

  43. July 17, 2012 at 4:38 pm
    JohnVidal(RIP Whitney-truegreat) says:

    Sam is so pressed is not even funny! Pathetic
    Mariah´s lowest seller>>> Kelly Rowland and J.No´s last albums even with the reality platforms and “hit” (and generic) singles

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