Mariah Carey is reportedly finalizing a $17 million deal for the next season of American Idol, filling a place recently vacated by the departures of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. Congratulations, Idol. You found the one songstress in Hollywood kookier than Paula Abdul!
The prevailing theory, according to Deadline Hollywood, is that Mariah Carey got scooped up by Idol so quickly because she was also being courted by The X Factor, Simon Cowell’s singing competition show which has both Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as judges. Hmm. I guess when hubby Nick Cannon crowed that American Idol "couldn’t afford her," he was wrong.