‘Idol’ creates attachments, stirs memories

 / 14 Dec '12

London - Mariah Carey’s husband convinced her to join the ‘American Idol’ panel.

The ‘Hero’ singer admitted she was initially wary of taking a role on the judging panel of the pop star search show but ‘America’s Got Talent’ host Nick Cannon talked her into it.

New panellists Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj at a press conference on the set of American Idol on Monday, September 17. Photo: Michael Becker / FOX. Credit: AP

She said: “He really wanted me to do this. I had my own kind of reservations about it because I didn’t know how I would adapt to the situation. It’s a huge deal."

However, Mariah admitted she would have hated to be a contestant on the show when she was first starting out.

She said: "I get really attached to certain people for different reasons whether it’s their story or what it mainly is is talent. Sometimes I see myself in some of the contestants when I first started and I’m glad I didn’t have to do a show like this. I would have hated it!

"It’s been really fun. We’re still in the beginning stages but I’ve learned a lot. I want to continue to be the best I can be in order to help contestants. It’s that for me.

"I don’t know if I have a judging style. I try to speak as frankly as possible, but as kindly as possible not sugar coating the whole thing because that does nobody any good and that’s boring to watch." - Bang Showbiz

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