Everyone knows that after American Idol booked Mariah Carey for an estimated $18 million, Nicki Minaj was chosen to be the other female judge (for $8 million). I read last week that Nick Cannon, Carey’s husband, said that this is like the producers of Idol had “filet mignon and doused it in ketchup.” You know what Cannon, I agree. Mariah Carey is a living legend, with decades of chart-topping, record breaking songs and albums under her belt. Nicki Minaj is fine, she makes good catchy songs and is definitely a lady wordsmith, which is unique and cool. I downloaded her album, Pink Friday. But really, a judge on American Idol? It seemed like a weird fit to me, especially since Idol is so straight-laced. I just think she seems annoying in person, with the ridiculous clothes and wigs all the time. And as a judge it’s her personality, not her auto-tuned rap songs, that we will be stuck with. I think the photos here sum it all up.
But let’s talk numbers and charts. Nicki had mixtapes until 2010, when Pink Friday came out. This was her debut album, with a reloaded version in 2011 counting as her second. Friday peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and she became the first female solo artist to have seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. Impressive for sure and worthy of mentoring/judging new artists. But not when you look at all this….Mariah Carey has had a career spanning over two decades, selling more than 200 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of of all time, including the best selling artist of the 1990s. When”Touch My Body” became the number 1 single in 2008, Carey gained her eighteenth number one single in the United States, more than any other solo artist, EVER. Carey is famed for her voice, while Minaj is famed for her dumb wigs and clothes. Definitely sounds like ketchup on a filet mignon to me.
It sorta reminds me of X Factor adding Demi Lovato after getting Britney Spears. That seemed stupid to me, especially since they are both pop singers, with Demi paling in comparison to Britney.
I used to watch Idol religiously but stopped before last season. I’m not going to watch it on a regular basis, but I know that I will be dropping in to see the new judges (also Keith Urban) and to see the reported friction between Carey and Minaj.
The new season of American Idol premieres Wednesday, January 16th on Fox, 8 pm.