Headlines circulated all summer-long about of pop diva Mariah Carey‘s involvement with highly anticipated reality talent show X Factor USA. Speaking with the show’s craftsman Simon Cowell, People magazine once quoted him saying:
“You can’t say no to Mariah,” says Cowell, 51. “We have to find a role for her. I’m a huge fan of hers – not just as an artist, but as a person, and I love her to death.”
Guess that was then. With confirmation recently surfacing of fellow pop diva Rihanna‘s role on the show, FOX caught up with the sharp tongued Simon to get the skinny on the status of Mrs. Cannon’s involvement. As ever, Cowell had ‘interesting’ comments.
Simon shares his thoughts after the jump:
‘Someone bigger’? Do we detect a bit of shade? Let’s hope that comment was in reference to another, presently unannounced diva and not to Rihanna. For, the charts are presently showing that Cowell is correct in his assessment. But, while TGJ’s HQ is lamb-less, we still would have to admit that ol’ Mimi’s catalog boasts bigger and better hits that of goats most of this generation’s divas. Perhaps a falling out between Cowell and Carey? Who knows? Either way, with Riri confirming today that her 6th album is due this fall, X Factor USA marks a perfect place to plug it. Win-win for both sides.