January 2013

Mariah Visits Wild 'N Out Set
Posted by Angie on Thursday, 31-Jan-2013, 10:06PM EST



Mariah made a surprise appearance on the set of Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out at Unitel/AMV Studios in New York City, NY on Thursday, Jan. 31st.

Thanks to Tuanx for the photo.
Source: Tuanx | Jennifer

Steady 'American Idol' Gives Fox a Win
Posted by Angie on Thursday, 31-Jan-2013, 6:27PM EST
Fox's "American Idol" held steady with last week's performance in the ratings, driving the network to an easy overall win Wednesday night, while ABC's "The Neighbors" and "Suburgatory" fell double digits to tie series lows.

Airing "Idol" throughout its primetime slate, Fox took first place in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic with a 5.4 rating/14 share -- identical to last Wednesday's episode -- and in total viewers with 15.6 million, down slightly from the 16 million that "Idol" drew last Wednesday.

CBS drew a distant second place in ratings and total viewers with a 1.8/5 and 8 million. Following the special "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials" at 8 p.m., which was up 5 percent from last year's presentation with a 2.1/6 and had 9.9 million total viewers -- the network aired repeats.

You can view the final broadcast primetime ratings for Wednesday, January 30, 2013 here.
Source: The Wrap | Zap2it

Download: American Idol S12E05
Posted by Angie on Thursday, 31-Jan-2013, 10:17AM EST
 

American Idol San Antonio & Long Beach Auditions - Episode 5 - Jan. 30, 2013
Download: PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Photos: Mariah in New York
Posted by Angie on Thursday, 31-Jan-2013, 6:40AM EST
Mariah out and about in New York City, NY on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.


Source: MariahDailyJournal | Celine

Hot From Fox: Idol App Launches
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 30-Jan-2013, 10:02PM EST
DIM THE LIGHTS…THIS IS THE "AMERICAN IDOL" APP!

"AMERICAN IDOL" APP OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES
FOR iOS AND ANDROID DEVICES

App to Provide Fans Access to IDOL Content and
Innovative AT&T AMERICAN IDOL Voting Capabilities

AMERICAN IDOL launched an all-new app today with special features to be released over the season, providing IDOL fans access to show content and deep interactive and social experiences, as well as enhanced voting capabilities on their iOS and Android devices. The app, which is currently featured by Apple as "New and Noteworthy," gives fans the ultimate AMERICAN IDOL experience by allowing them to join real-time conversations on Facebook and Twitter with AT&T IDOL Nation, keep up with their favorite judges and contestants, watch interviews and, once the live shows begin on Tuesday, March 5, cast all of their votes in a unique new voting experience using the AT&T AMERICAN IDOL voting platform.

IDOL fans can download* the app from the App Store and Google Play** and enjoy a variety of features including:

Unique access to favorite IDOL moments and exclusive content
• Judge, host and contestant profiles and interviews
• Fast and easy content sharing to social media
• Contestant performances and behind-the-scenes footage
• Live broadcast sync experience during IDOL live shows
• Voting made easier by casting votes for one or more favorite contestants with just a couple of taps

AMERICAN IDOL auditions continue in San Antonio, TX and Long Beach, CA, tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 30 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Oklahoma City, OK, on Thursday, Jan. 31 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).

Hosted by the inimitable Ryan Seacrest, AMERICAN IDOL Season 12 features a dynamic new judging panel including Randy Jackson, a Grammy Award-winning producer whose expertise and beloved persona have been instrumental in discovering IDOL talent from the beginning; global superstar and the best-selling female recording artist of all time Mariah Carey; quadruple-platinum singer, songwriter, rapper and fashion icon Nicki Minaj; and Keith Urban, a four-time Grammy Award winner who has sold more than 15 million albums. Once, again, the judges are in search of the next superstar who will join the ranks of IDOL alumni Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips.

AMERICAN IDOL is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group, and FremantleMedia North America. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment. Cecile Frot-Coutaz, FremantleMedia, Trish Kinane, FremantleMedia North America; Ken Warwick, FremantleMedia North America; and Nigel Lythgoe, CEO, Nigel Lythgoe Productions also serve as executive producers. "Like" AMERICAN IDOL on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericanIdol. Follow the series on Twitter @AmericanIdol and join the discussion at #idol.

[EDITOR'S NOTE 1: Msg/data rates may apply for download and usage of app.]
[EDITOR'S NOTE 2: App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Google Play is a trademark of Google Inc.]

Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah: "Pon de Set" in New York
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 30-Jan-2013, 9:31PM EST
Just moments ago, Mariah tweeted for the first time in over a week, to let us know she has "grandiosity" in the works!

Mariah Carey: Watching #idol? I'll have to catch it later, grandiosity in the works!! #pondeset

As indicated earlier in the US Weekly post, Mariah is currently in New York City. A photoshoot? A video set? It's not certain what she is up to today, but with just a few words, Mariah left fans ready for a taste of her next project!
Source: Mariah via Twitter

Mariah To Guest on Letterman?
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 30-Jan-2013, 9:01PM EST
According to the website "Late Night Lineups," Mariah is scheduled to be a guest on The Late Show With David Letterman on Monday, February 4, 2013. The program airs at 11:35pm/10:35c. This information has not yet been confirmed online by CBS.
Source: Late Night Lineups | Nick

Mariah Out & About in NYC
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 30-Jan-2013, 8:09PM EST
Mariah Carey is one tough mama! The mother of twins Moroccan and Monroe, 20 months, took advantage of the warmer weather in New York City on Wednesday, Jan. 30, to take a stroll downtown in a skin-baring outfit.

Carey, 42, rocked a black leather jacket, a short crop-top and long flowing black skirt for her jaunt through the city -- with a pair of black open-toed platforms to cap off the look.

The American Idol judge, who has been making headlines for her verbal scuffles with fellow judge Nicki Minaj, looked carefree as she smiled for cameras.

The veteran singer addressed the ongoing feud in a sit-down interview with Barbara Walters earlier this month after the talk show host asked her about Minaj reportedly threatening to shoot her.

"It felt like an unsafe work environment," the "Triumphant" singer admitted to Walters on the Nightline special. "Anytime anybody's reeling threats at somebody, that's not appropriate. Sitting there on the road with two babies, I'm not gonna take any chances, so yeah, I did hire more security."

"I think it's a classic, classy show, and it didn't need this," she added.
Source: US Magazine

Mariah Fans' Top 30 of 2012
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 30-Jan-2013, 4:55PM EST
Last month, Raymond took on the task of compiling his 4th annual list of Mariah fan's top 30 songs of the year. Raymond received lists from 101 fans. Thank you to everyone who participated! Below is the 2012 list, along with the previous positions from 2011, 2010, and 2009.

1. (2) (1) (1) Vision of Love: 887 points
Back at #1!

2. (4) (4) (2) We Belong Together: 879 points
Only a few points less than the #1.

3. (3) (6) (4) Always Be My Baby: 762 points
Still at #3.

4. (5) (7) (7) Fantasy: 692 points
Although the album version is the most popular, the ODB remix helped with 162 points.

5. (10) (5) (3) Butterfly: 628 points
As always in the top 10.

6. (6) (16) (17) Can't Let Go: 584 points
Still at #6.

7. (16) (2) (10) The Roof: 574 points
The Roof is very popular among the lambs.

8. (8) (15) (5) Breakdown: 554 points
Still at #8.

9.(9) (32) (15) Make It Happen: 520 points
This song is also popular in its live version with 136 points.

10. (13) (10) (13) My All: 479 points
For the first time four songs of the same album in the top 10! My All owes some of its popularity to the My All/Stay Awhile remix which got 129 points.

11. (17) (17) (18) Honey: 477 points

12. (12) (13) (53) All I Want For Christmas Is You: 471 points

13. (7) (18) (11) Anytime You Need A Friend: 466 points

14. (11) (11) (20) Underneath The Stars: 457 points

15. (21) (9) (14) Emotions: 412 points

16. (30) (25) (6) Hero: 373 points

17. (31) (53) (16) Without You: 372 points

18. (26) (47) (32) Dreamlover: 356 points

19. (24) (20) (12) Close My Eyes: 353 points

20. (19) (12) (8) Fly Like A Bird: 338 points

21. (98) (29) (33) Outside: 323 points

22. (1) (3) (9) H.A.T.E.U.: 312 points

23. (18) (8) (23) Heartbreaker (feat. Jay-Z): 302 points

24. (39) (28) (22) I Still Believe: 298 points (including 70 points for I Still Believe/Pure Imagination)

25. (60) (37) (78) If It's Over: 266 points

26. (35) (39) (34) Love Takes Time: 255 points

27. (57) (50) (31) Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme): 248 points

28. (-) (-) (-) Triumphant (Get 'Em) (Pulse Remix): 246 points (including 76 points for the original version)

29. (73) (49) (43) Thank God I Found You (Make It Last Remix) (& Joe): 236 points (including 75 points for the album version)

30. (68) (71) (41) Melt Away: 233 points
Source: Raymond

Round 2: Popdust Comeback Star of 2013
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 30-Jan-2013, 4:47PM EST
Round 1 of voting for Popdust's Comeback Star of 2013 has been completed, and Mariah won against Lee Hyori. Round 2 has begun, and Mariah is up against the Jonas Brothers. Currently, she is in the lead with over 5,000 votes.

Head over to Popdust by clicking here to support Mariah in round 2!
Source: Popdust | LJ

Mottola Unapologetic About "Obsessive" Mentoring
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 29-Jan-2013, 2:23PM EST
There are many elements that go into the making of a superstar, and with a talent like Mariah Carey's, some special handling is often needed. In the case of Tommy Mottola, the former Sony Music Entertainment executive who mentored the current American Idol judge as she rose up the charts, that included marrying her.


Their five-year union was rocky, and she's since been quoted as calling him "controlling" and "a Svengali." But Mottola, who joined TODAY's Matt Lauer Tuesday to discuss his new book "Hitmaker: The Man and His Music," was not exactly apologetic about his behavior, because it got results.

"I think anybody that's successful becomes obsessive about what they're trying to succeed at," he said. "I have nothing but the greatest respect for her in the world... I feel great about all the things she's achieved as a result of all the work that we did."

That said, he does regret getting personally involved with Carey, who at 23 was 20 years his junior when they wed. "You can never control sometimes what happens in your personal life, as we all know," he said. "The good thing that came out of all of this is that she became one of the most successful superstars in the world."

Mottola also worked with other stars who had diva tendencies, including Michael Jackson -- who he called "the most talented artist that I've probably ever worked with," but "there were too many people who didn't tell him the things that probably would have helped him."

And because he's been associated with such great names throughout the music business, Lauer naturally wanted to get Mottola's opinion on the Beyonce lip-syncing pseudo-scandal. For her, Mottola was unequivocal: "Beyonce is one of the greatest singers in the world, and my feeling is, any time that she wants to get up and sing, she can sing as well if not better than anyone, and everyone should just leave Beyonce alone!"
Source: Today Show

Vote for Mariah as 2013's Comeback Star
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 28-Jan-2013, 3:34PM EST
Popdust is asking readers to vote for the Comeback Star of 2013: "A number of our long-absent pop favorites are expected to make big returns in 2013, with new albums, singles and/or tours, and while we're excited about all of them, we need your help to choose which of them is gonna have the biggest and best impact on the year to come."

In round one of voting, Mariah is up against Lee Hyori. Click here to visit PopDust and vote for Mariah! You are allowed to vote as many times as you'd like.
Source: Island Records via Twitter

Mariah on a Mean Girls Musical?
Posted by Angie on Monday, 28-Jan-2013, 10:38AM EST

Mean Girls fans, look alive! Because the fetch Lindsay Lohan movie might be coming to a theater near you...as a musical!

"Maybe! We want to. I would love to," Tina Fey told E! News on the red carpet at the SAG Awards. "I'm trying to develop it with my husband, who does all the music for 30 Rock and I think Paramount's onboard."

Grool! And Tina already has one musician in mind to take on one of the now-iconic parts: Mariah Carey.

"I loved it!" Tina gushed when asked about the recent American Idol fight between Mariah and fellow judge Nicki Minaj over Mean Girls. "And I think Mariah won. Like, Mariah seemed to really know all the characters."

During the spat, Ms. Carey was adamant that she was no Regina George and Tina agrees: "Maybe she can play Amy Poehler's part in the musical."

Uh, yes please. We can totally see Mariah dolled up in a pink suede jump suit. She is a cool mom, after all. And perhaps Tommy Lee Jones can play her put-upon husband, what with the grumpy face he showcased at the Golden Globes.
Source: E! Online | Tiffany

Mariah Carey Cries in Baton Rouge
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 25-Jan-2013, 3:51PM EST
Mariah Carey cried last night on American Idol, but it wasn't because of Nicki Minaj rolling her eyes extra hard at her. No, Mariah was crying because Burnell Taylor's rendition of "I'm Here," from The Color Purple, drove her to tears. The timbre and tenor of his voice also made Keith Urban momentarily forget he was on camera, close his eyes and start swaying. When the last note drifted lazily from Burnell's mouth, Randy Jackson, Keith and even diva Mariah were on their feet clapping. (There's a slight possibility that Nicki may have been glued to her chair.) Mariah declared, "Burnell made me cry!" while Keith sighed, "Somewhere there's a spotlight just waiting for you to walk into it." Burnell was quickly handed a golden ticket. Outside, Ryan Seacrest tells him, "You've changed that panel forever, my friend. " Burnell's dad looks skeptical and asks him, "You that good?"

Burnell was the last of 35 contestants to make it to Hollywood from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a.k.a. the birthplace of Randy Jackson.
Source: Rolling Stone

Download: American Idol S12E04
Posted by Angie on Friday, 25-Jan-2013, 9:31AM EST
 

American Idol Baton Rouge, LA Auditions - Season 12, Episode 4 - Jan. 24, 2013
Download: PART 1 | PART 2
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Download: American Idol S12E03
Posted by Angie on Thursday, 24-Jan-2013, 10:58AM EST
 

American Idol Charlotte, NC Auditions - Season 12, Episode 3 - Jan. 23, 2013
Download: PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4

NOTE: Part 1 has been re-uploaded and is now available for download above. Thanks to everyone who alerted us of the broken link.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah's Colorist Talks With OK
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 23-Jan-2013, 3:22PM EST
Kyle White is the lead colorist at the Oscar Blandi Salon in New York City and Mariah Carey's go-to guy! We caught up with him to talk hot trends and how to color your hair at home - find out what he has to say!

OK!: How would you describe Mariah's color?

Kyle White: Mariah's most recent color features golden blonde highlights with a look of subtleness at the roots and heavy baby blonde ends.

OK!: How do you maintain it?

KW: Because of the depth at the root, this look requires a lot less maintenance than you would think. Simply touch up the highlights every 8 to 12 weeks and repaint the ends as necessary.

Read the rest here.
Source: OK

Mariah in Grammy's 'Big Four' Club
Posted by Angie on Wednesday, 23-Jan-2013, 3:44AM EST
The Feb. 10 Grammy Awards could unfold as a very fun occasion for fun. Four of the band's six nominations are in the marquee categories of best album, record, song and new artist. Only eight other acts in Grammy history have nabbed those key slots in a single year, with just one taking all four trophies: Bobbie Gentry, Christopher Cross, Cyndi Lauper, Trace Chapman, Mariah Carey, Paula Cole, India.Arie, and Amy Winehouse.

The only case where Grammy success cursed the artist was Christopher Cross. He won all four of these awards. While Cross enjoyed a flash of fame, "it's better to build gradually than to explode in your first year, because when you do, there's nowhere to go but down," Paul Grein [author of Yahoo.com's Chart Watch blog] says. "Just two of these eight artists, Mariah Carey and Cyndi Lauper, had enduring success, and Lauper deserved to have an even longer run as a top recording star than she did."

Mariah Carey
Grammy jump start:
The youngest to be nominated for all four top awards, Carey was 20 when she became 1990's Grammy ingénue. She won new artist and female pop vocal for Vision of Love, which lost best song to Bette Midler's From A Distance and record to Phil Collins' Another Day in Paradise. Carey's self-titled debut was edged in best album by Quincy Jones' Back on the Block.

Down the road: Carey's Grammy kickoff only hinted at her future of global fame, record-breaking chart runs and platinum sales. She piled up another 29 nominations, winning three 2005 R&B Grammys.
Source: USA Today

Mariah in OK! UK Magazine
Posted by Angie on Tuesday, 22-Jan-2013, 12:10AM EST
The Feuding 'American Idol' Divas: The Claws Are Out!

As the fur continues to fly between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, the girls settle down for an 'amicable' chat - referee at the ready!

Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj's catty war of words on the set of American Idol made for good entertainment late last year, but things turned serious when Nicki allegedly made threats about shooting the woman she renamed 'her f***ing highness.'

While outspoken Nicki furiously denied the threat claims, there was no denying the bad blood between her and Mariah. After the fight erupted, Mariah revealed she'd hired extra security as a precaution. 'It felt like an unsafe work environment,' the 42-year-old said. 'Anytime somebody's reeling threats at somebody, it's not appropriate. I've got two babies, I'm not going to take any chances.'

And, although the Idol judges tried to smile their way through a press conference for the Television Critics Association winter tour last week — with the show hitting screens on Channel 5 and its new home 5* this week — it was clear from their eye rolling and subtle snickering that tensions are still simmering away.

However, Mariah tried her best to play down the situation: 'This is a very passionate panel and there are a lot of strong personalities. Starting this process, I thought there was the possibility that there was going to be a difference of opinion. The fighting is a distraction from the show and a distraction from the contestants. It's unfair to them. It shouldn't be about any of us, it should be about them.'

For her part, Nicki also played at diplomatic card when asked to say something nice about her rival. The 30-year-old rapper insisted: 'I say nice things about Mariah all the time. She is one of my favourite artists of all time. To be on a panel with her, it's kind of crazy. All the singers come in aspiring to be Mariah in terms of talent and career length.'

While Mariah acknowledged that was 'a very sweet thing to say,' she couldn't help but stir the pot again when she said their fight 'was sort of one-sided thing.' The remark didn't sit well with Nicki, who blasted: 'No it wasn't! See? They don't want a rising star, they want drama.'

Whether they genuinely don't see eye-to-eye or it's just for ratings, it's clear that Mariah and Nicki are on different wavelengths. Here, with fellow judges Keith Urban and Randy Jackson keeping a barrier between the feuding divas. Mariah and Nicki sit down for long enough to chat about their time on the show and how they're adjusting to the demands of being on American Idol...

Why did you decide to join the Idol panel?
Mariah Carey: Mainly it's working with up-and-comers. I know how hard it was for me and I like being able to see them rise. That's the ultimate in giving back.
Nicki Minaj: When I watch these shows and they say yes to someone who clearly doesn't deserve it, that bothers me in my soul — I want to jump through the TV. For me, it was completely different. I don't feel the need to send someone through just because of a great story.

Nicki, have you worked with Mariah before?
Nicki: Yes, and she was very funny. Awesome.

Mariah, what's it like juggling your Idol schedule with being a mother to your twins, Moroccan and Monroe?
Mariah: It's super-difficult. It's really exhausting, but this isn't the most exhausting part. The best part is when everything runs smoothly and you come to work, do your job and go home like more of a normal person than someone who's in a studio for 18 hours, which would be me.

What moments do you want to make sure you set aside for your kids?
Mariah: Every moment is incredible and a blessing. I was just performing in Sydney and I brought them out on stage because I want them to have these experiences. Some might disagree with that, but I knew Monroe especially was going to love it. She didn't want to get off the stage. [Motherhood's] an amazing thing I never thought I'd experience because I always said I don't think I'd do it because my career was always my life, but when you find the right person...

When you watch yourself on Idol, how do you think you come across as a judge?
Nicki: I'm not going to watch myself. I have a hard time watching myself with anything. I'm afraid I'm going to over-analyse it and make myself feel bad about something I can't change. With performances, I'll watch and then pause it and see if I could handle that. Sometimes it's a good performance and I really love it and I'll watch it every day after that. I'm my biggest critic.

How are you hoping to help the acts?
Nicki: When I'm on the stage I feel what I do — if I do great, if I do not, great, I feel it. It's funny because that's what we're trying to tell the contestants. You should be at a place in your artistry when you know when you're on and you know when you're off, and no one should even need to tell you that.

Mariah, you've had a good 25 years in the business, what's one thing you wish you figured out early on in your career?
Mariah: Not to sign a bunch of stupid contracts. I gave away a lot of stuff.

Source: OK! (UK) - Jan. 22, 2013 | MariahDailyJournal

New Album Will Benefit from Idol Experience
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 21-Jan-2013, 9:48PM EST
Mariah Carey's been working on a new album for quite some time and, while it doesn't have a release date, it just made Entertainment Weekly's list of upcoming "Albums We Can't Wait For." Whenever it does appear, though, Mariah says it will be a better record because of her stint as a judge on American Idol.

According to Mariah, her Idol experience -- specifically, watching the contestants give their all in their quest to make it -- has inspired her to push herself artistically.

"I think that this process has gotten me to a place where I look at some of the contestants and I go, 'You know what? This person has to try so hard and come in here and bare everything,' ...it makes me want to be a better artist," Mariah explains.

The superstar diva also says that the contestants' drive and determination has reminded her why she got into the business in the first place, and she's keeping that in mind as she works on her album.

"Whether it's lyrics, vocals, whatever it is, chord changes that I'm writing with someone I'm hearing in my head, honestly, I feel like you look at that drive, and it re-energizes you," Mariah says.

Mariah's fellow judge and manager Randy Jackson says he's not surprised that Mariah feels so inspired artistically by her Idol experience, because he's seen it before.

"I think that's happened for every artist that's been on this show," says Randy. "I know it happened for Jennifer [Lopez] and Steven [Tyler]. I'm sure it'll happen for Nicki [Minaj] and Keith [Urban] and, you know... for Paula [Abdul] or whomever's been on the show."

Mariah, however, doesn't like her experience to be compared to those other judges. After Randy made his comments, she laughed, "Don't throw me in the batch [with them]!"
Source: ABC NewsRadio | Grace

News Tidbits
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 21-Jan-2013, 6:26PM EST
• Rapper Gucci Mane recently mentioned Mariah and Nick whiles speaking with XXL Magazine about his film debut Spring Breakers: "I gotta give all the credit to Mariah Carey. I thank her for that. Also I want to give a shout out to Nick Cannon and Mariah and their family. I thank her for introducing me to Brett Ratner, who did Rush Hour 3. I met him through her at our video for the song we did together, 'Obsessed.' Later she put me in touch with Brett Ratner and Harmony Korine who's the director. They told me they were interested in putting me in a film but she was the connect to that."

• Last night, Prvi Glas Srbije (The First Voice of Serbia), a singing competition much like Serbia's X-Factor, ended its second season. Mirna Radulovic was named the winner of the competition and she delivered a stunning version of "Hero." Check out the footage here.

• Nick has created a Twitter page for Mariah's quotes from American Idol. Check it out at Twitter handle MCIdolQuotes. Retweet any you might like, or if you know of any that are not on there, tweet them to Nick and he'll retweet!
Source: HipHopDX | Bojan | Nick

Voting Polls: Australia's Channel Ten & Maxim Hot 100
Posted by Jonny on Sunday, 20-Jan-2013, 11:25PM EST
Australia's Channel Ten is asking viewers to vote for their favorite American Idol judge. If you haven't already, stop by and let them know that you're Team Mariah! Visit Channel Ten's website here and find the poll in the lower right-hand corner.

In addition, you can vote for Mariah as one of Maxim magazine's Hot 100 women in the world. Visit their website here!
Source: Jucimário | Josh

Idol Commercials
Posted by Angie on Sunday, 20-Jan-2013, 8:40PM EST
These American Idol commercials for week 2 shows featuring auditions in Charlotte, NC and Baton Rouge, LA aired during the NFC Championship on FOX earlier today.

Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah Mention: Tamar Braxton on 106 & Park
Posted by Jonny on Sunday, 20-Jan-2013, 12:35AM EST
Singer Tamar Braxton recently appeared on D. Brown's "Swag Check" segment on BET's 106 & Park. Mariah came up in the course of the conversation. Check out what Tamar had to say below:

D. Brown: So we all know that you're heavily influenced by Mariah Carey.

Tamar Braxton: Yes!

D. Brown: Have you ever had the time - or the opportunity - to work with her?

Tamar Braxton: No, I've never worked with her, and it's very hard for me to conduct a conversation with her, because I love her and respect her so much, and so the time that I did try to, I had to look down the whole time because - isn't that terrible? - I know, I just couldn't do it. I'm still not ready!

Source: MissyJG | 106AndParkTV | MariahDailyJournal

Download: American Idol Premiere S12E02
Posted by Angie on Saturday, 19-Jan-2013, 1:26AM EST

American Idol Chicago Auditions - Season 12, Episode 2 - Jan. 17, 2013
Download: PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4
Source: MariahDailyJournal

American Idol Night 2 Ratings Shrink Gap
Posted by Angie on Friday, 18-Jan-2013, 12:34PM EST
The second night of Fox's 12th season of American Idol showed a sign of improvement for the reality veteran.

Make no mistake, Thursday's Idol was lower rated than the premiere — that's standard, especially since the show shifted to a Wednesday-Thursday pattern a couple years back. But instead of dropping 19 percent year over year like the first episode, Night 2 was down only 2 percent — a tenth of a point — from 2012. And even that gap could get erased when the national ratings come in later.

In other words: Whether you love or hate the addition of Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj, more viewers stuck with the show this time after checking out the premiere. During the last couple years, Idol ratings dropped at least 20 percent between the show's first two nights; this time the decline was only 7 percent. In fact, looking at the chart below, this the first time Night 2 hasn't dropped significantly year over year since Idol‘s ratings plunge began in 2009. The two-hour telecast delivered 16.2 million viewers and a 5.6 rating among adults 18-49. Maybe Fox's reality chief Mike Darnell was onto something when he told us yesterday that the judging panel was generating helpful buzz.

A tougher test will come when CBS resumes airing original episodes of its powerful Thursday lineup (CBS ran repeats last night). The Big Bang Theory is pulling down larger numbers lately than last night's Idol performance and seems likely to win the night outright in the coming weeks.

Also Thursday: ABC was once again hit across the board by Idol, all shows dropping 7-17 percent. The return of The CW's Vampire Diaries had its best numbers in a couple months (followed by a repeat of The Carrie Diaries pilot which came precariously close to tying its low-rated premiere). In fact, Vampire Diaries beat NBC's 30 Rock and 1600 Penn in the demo. NBC's comedy block was down — except Parks & Recreation, which jumped up from its last telecast six weeks ago.

Mariah Reveals Who Impressed Her During Auditions
Posted by Angie on Friday, 18-Jan-2013, 11:36AM EST
Mariah Carey is famous for her amazing five-octave vocal range – but did any contestants on American Idol have the guts to sing a Carey song right to the diva herself?

Last year's Idol runner-up, Jessica Sanchez, told PEOPLE "I would pee my pants" if she had to sing in front of Carey, but other hopefuls went for it with gusto.

"There was this one time a girl sang one of my songs [and] I thought she was really good," Carey said during a panel last week to promote the Fox show's upcoming 12th season, which premieres Wednesday. "I thought, 'This girl has a chance.' I was proud that I had written a song that she was inspired to sing."

But the Grammy winner admits to cringing during some lackluster performances of her hits.

"Sometimes I'm, like, 'Is this for laughs? Are we doing this for fun?' " explains Carey.

Aside from contestants who could nail one of her own songs, Carey was intrigued by contestants who wrote their own material.

"To me, that adds to them as an artist. Every time someone would [sing a good original song] I was really impressed because that is my thing," she said. "I love to write songs."

Fellow new judge Keith Urban commented that it was more risky to sing Carey's material than original music – as long as the music was good.
Source: People

Photo: Mariah Watches Idol with Twins
Posted by Angie on Friday, 18-Jan-2013, 10:43AM EST
Mariah posted this picture of herself watching American Idol with her twins Roc & Roe at home on her Twitter page last night.


"Watching #idol with junior judges! How do you like the talent in Chicago?
What are your favorite auditions?"

Episode 2 will be available for download later tonight. Stay tuned!
Source: Mariah on Twitter

10 Reasons Mariah's The Most Qualified Judge Yet
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 18-Jan-2013, 10:15AM EST
Since Idol's massive judges shakeup in Season 10 — when they introduced superstars Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez to the mix (a change that was foreshadowed by Ellen DeGeneres' replacement of Paula Abdul and Kara Dioguardi's stints as judge) — the judges themselves have demanded more attention. And this season, with Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, and Mariah Carey joining Randy Jackson, we have more star power squeezed behind the desk than ever before. But, we also have one of the most qualified judges to date.

While Lopez, Tyler, Urban, and Minaj (Minaj to a lesser extent) have had long and successful careers as performing artists, none of them have seen the same commercial success or know the industry as inside out as Carey. Today, with her cradle-robbing marriage to Nick Cannon and ridiculously named twins (I will never get over Monroe and Moroccan) taking center stage in the media, it's easy to forget that Carey is one of the most talented and ubiquitous R&B artists of all time.

With that in mind, here are 10 reasons why Mariah is actually qualified to be a judge on a singing competition reality show.

1. Her talent is indisputable. Carey is notable for having a voice with a five octave range, a feat accomplished by few. The current world record for vocal range is eight octaves. Carey beats out her The Voice counterpart Christina Aguilera in this regard — her range is "only" four octaves.

2. She is no studio-produced songbird, Carey's vocal talents translate to the stage. A New York Times review of one of Carey's first arena concerts, in 1993 at Madison Square Garden, states, "Although rock concerts aren't known for precise intonation, she sang with startlingly exact pitch." So if Mariah tells a contestant he or she is "a little pitchy," you know you can trust her.

3. She's got the awards to back up her talent. Carey has been nominated for 34 Grammy awards and has taken home the trophy five times (in 1991 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best New Artist, in 2006 for Best Contemporary R&B Album, Best R&B Song, and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance). Carey also has 11 American Music Awards and 31 Billboard Awards to her name.

4. Speaking of Billboard, Carey rules the charts. Here are her impressive stats:
- She holds the record for most weeks at No.1 — in 1995 and 1996, her single "One Sweet Day" held the top spot for 16 weeks.
- She has had 27 Top 10 singles, the second-most of any female artist (behind Madonna), and is tied for the sixth most overall (with Janet Jackson and Elton John).
- Carey ranks only behind The Beatles in No. 1 singles (she has 18, they have 20).
- She is tied with Elvis for the most cumulative weeks at No. 1 with 79 weeks.
5. Carey is the second-highest-selling female artist of all time, with a reported 200 million albums sold worldwide. While bands such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Queen as well as male artists like Elvis Presley and Elton John beat Carey's number, only one lady surpasses her in album sales. And that lady, my friends, is Madonna.

6. She's more than just a vocalist. Carey writes and produces the majority of her songs.

7. Carey was included in the lineup for the first ever VH1 Divas Live concert in 1998. While the participants in the past few years have been less impressive, Carey's lineup included Céline Dion, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, and Shania Twain.

8. She knows the biz inside out. Carey was married to Tommy Mottola, the former head of Sony Music Entertainment and Columbia Records, for four years (1993-1997). It's safe to say that during this time Carey was privvy to information about the inner-workings of the music biz that very few young stars know.

9. "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is the most-downloaded holiday song ever. It has sold 2.1 million copies in America alone, while the album it's on, Merry Christmas, has sold nine million copies worldwide.

10. She has amazing hair. It's so big, and full of music industry secrets!
Source: Hollywood.com

Mariah on Entertainment TV - Jan. 17
Posted by Angie on Friday, 18-Jan-2013, 2:43AM EST
From tonight's OMG! Insider, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Access Hollywood, E! News and Inside Edition.

Source: MariahDailyJournal

Download: American Idol Premiere S12E01
Posted by Angie on Thursday, 17-Jan-2013, 11:56AM EST


American Idol NY Auditions - Season 12, Episode 1 - Jan. 16, 2013
Download: PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Judging The New Judges
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 16-Jan-2013, 11:19PM EST
The wait is over. American Idol kicked off its 12th season in typically dramatic fashion. There was laughter, there were tears, there was singing ... and all that was just at the judges' table.

Despite producer Nigel Lythgoe's repeated overtures that the reality singing competition is still "all about the contestants," the two-hour premiere (and previews Fox released from Thursday's episode) made that claim seem dubious at best. With three new faces — feuding divas Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, and caught-in-the-middle country star Keith Urban — joining veteran Randy Jackson on the panel, the most noteworthy moments of the first episode came courtesy of the celebrities, not the budding stars.

First, let's address the elephant in the room: the Nicki-Mariah feud. In a conference call last week, Lythgoe described their public dirty-laundry-airing as unwelcome publicity and dismissed claims that it was drummed up by the show in order to generate attention for the new season. The premiere seemed to fall in line with that. During the Chicago and New York tryouts, Minaj and Carey sniped and eye-rolled back and forth so much (sometimes at the expense of auditioners, who could do nothing but look on awkwardly) that an exasperated Urban at one point protested that he was starting to "feel like a scratching post" between the two. Our thoughts? Let's keep the trainwreck factor confined to the less-talented contestants. Nobody likes a diva — and this is going to get old fast.

But enough about the collective dynamic. How do the new judges rate individually? Here's our take:

Mariah Carey: "The definition of diva," as the show's intro described Carey, skillfully treads the line between being friendly and respectful to the contestants, while at the same time offering them constructive feedback about their talents or lack thereof. And the best part? She seems to not only be taking the role seriously, but also shows genuine interest — or does a great job of faking it — when indulging hopefuls that are also die-hard fans, like Tina Torres, the sweet alumni of Camp Mariah who showed the singer a picture of herself when she first sang for Carey at age 13. (Cue the first Minaj eyeroll.) Grade: A-

Nicki Minaj: If the season premiere is any indication, Minaj will spend most of her critiquing time, if not taking digs at Carey, either flirting with the contestants (enough to warrant a montage) or judging them on their entire stage presence, rather than just their singing. Hey, Nicki — this isn't The X Factor. Minaj also has an uncanny knack for making several of the auditions about her. Remember the girl the pop star accused of starting a "rivalry" with her because they were wearing the same color eyeshadow? And what's with the fake British accent? She's not Madonna! As for her feedback, the only hopeful a perked-up Minaj truly fought for to send to Hollywood performed "Super Bass" as one of her songs. Grade: C

Keith Urban: Poor Keith. When Urban offers feedback, it's thoughtful, well-considered, and effective. But Mr. Nicole Kidman's primary role, it would seem, is to be the voice of reason in this circus, to act as a buffer between Carey and Minaj, whose outsize personalities and attempts to one-up each other overshadow the soft-spoken country singer. Still, Urban's the only judge who meshes with the "white boy with guitar" aesthetic the show has exhibited in recent years, so maybe he'll step up his game once the live shows begin. And we think we heard him crack a few choice jokes in there. Grade: B-
Source: TV Guide

Mariah on Entertainment TV - Jan. 16
Posted by Angie on Wednesday, 16-Jan-2013, 11:15PM EST
From tonight's Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Extra and E! News.

Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah Thinks Motherhood is a "Blessing"
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 16-Jan-2013, 3:18PM EST
Singer Mariah Carey - who has 20-month-old twins Moroccan and Monroe with her husband Nick Cannon - never expected she would have children so loves spoiling them rotten and exposing them to the benefits of her showbiz lifestyle.

She gushed: "Every moment is incredible and a blessing. I was performing in Sydney and I brought them out on stage because I want them to have these experiences. Some might disagree with that, but I know Monroe especially was going to love it. She didn't want to get off the stage.

"[Motherhood's] an amazing thing I never thought I'd experience because I always said I don't think I'd do it because my career was always my life, but when you find the right person."

The 42-year-old star find juggling her parenting duties with her American Idol judging role a challenge, but admits it's far easier than the hectic months when she's in the studio working on new music.

She told Britain's OK! magazine: "It's super difficult. It's really exhausting, but this isn't the most exhausting part. The best part is when everything runs smoothly and you come to work, do your job and go home like more of a normal person than someone who's in a studio for 18 hours, which would be me."
Source: NDTV

American Idol in South Africa
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 16-Jan-2013, 5:46AM EST
Season 12 of American Idol will premiere in South Africa on MNet, channel 101 on DSTV, on Saturday, 26 January 2013 at 18:00PM. The channel has posted a nice article about the show on their website.
Source: Jacques

What Idol Judges Bring to the Table
Posted by Angie on Wednesday, 16-Jan-2013, 3:12AM EST
Before resuming their task of finding the next American Idol, the new judging panel — Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban — sat down for a lightning-round Q&A:

What does each of you bring to the panel?
Minaj: "Kooky."
Urban: "An authenticity in my opinions on somebody. I'm probably a little harder on the country artists, because there's a lot of caricature-ish country people and I think country often gets a bit of a novelty persona unnecessarily. I love this genre. It's sort of my life, so I get protective of it."
Jackson: "Love, duty, glue. Daisies (pointing to the designs on his shoes)."
Carey: "I feel I bring experience, but also a certain kind of compassion that comes from a place of just as a little girl always feeling insecure, always feeling different, always feeling like I had to strive for this because I wasn't good enough as a regular human being because i had biracial parents, no money."

Who's your favorite Idol singer?
Minaj: "I was obsessed with Jennifer Hudson and I remember specifically feeling Simon (Cowell) was way too hard on her and I kept on screaming at the TV, 'How are you not hearing this girl's amazing voice?' When she became Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson, I felt proud like I was a family member."
Jackson: "And that was a tough season for her, too, because the girl that won had probably one of the greatest performances ever on the show. That was Fantasia's season. That Summertime."
Urban: "How about Kelly (Clarkson)? We're talking about 12 years later and her career has never been as massive as it is right now."
Carey: "I love Fantasia. There's a heart in her."
Jackson: "Daughtry's great. Phillip Phillips is doing amazing."

What change would you make to the show?
Minaj: "I would give them a bigger selection of songs to sing."
Jackson: "Yeah, dude. Those songs."
Carey: "And more time to learn them, if possible. I guess that's part of the challenge: Can you learn this in one day? You've never heard it. It's from 40 years before you were born and you've got to sing it with four people who don't sound anything like you. So, a little tough."
Urban: "This season has done what I would have done a little differently, which is have a little more diversity from the four of us, because we're all coming from such different places and I love seeing that extreme diversity from people who are actually doing this right now."

How good are you at letting people down?
Jackson: "I'm excellent. Walk through the door. 'No. Don't even open the mouth. No.' "
Minaj: "You need that, though. If it's about changing their diapers and patting them on their bums and powdering them, then I mean ...."
Urban: "And that's just Ryan."
Carey: "They're definitely not going to get coddled by the public. That's the thing. If you enter this business, the public is not going to go, 'Baby, poor baby.' "
Minaj: "The public is going to be a billion times harder than we could ever be. That's not helping when we don't tell these people the truth."
Urban: "I find the hardest part is when someone, they walk on, they've got a great voice, they're photogenic, they sing in tune, you can't really fault them, but they're just completely forgettable. I don't know what to say."

Do you have a favorite judge on another TV music show?
Minaj: "Oh, my God. Did you really just ask that? I didn't know you were that slick."
Jackson: "Are there other music shows on TV?"
Carey: "There's a lyric that says, 'Only God can judge me.' His name was Tupac."
Jackson: "I love that guy on Cake Boss."
Urban: "Donald Trump."
Minaj: "Listen, if it's not Judge Judy, I don't care."

How do you think Idol will affect your career?
Carey: "Hopefully, it will be good."
Urban: "We'll get back to you on that."
Jackson: "When I drop my giant single with all of them on it, it's going to be hot."
Minaj: "I don't think I did this to help me in the hiphop world at all. I've been able to, thank God, create a brand that's bigger than the hiphop world, but I'm very proud of the hiphop world and I would hope it would be proud of me.

Does anything about your fellow judges surprise you?
Urban: "How funny Nicki is."
Minaj: "It's weird because Keith and I wound up sitting together a lot. And we wound up having a really great bond because we get to have all our inside jokes together. It really, really helped."
Carey (to Jackson): "I thought we had inside jokes."
Jackson: "Well, we do. We do. I think we all have like inside jokes."
Carey: "We have inside jokes the way you guys have inside jokes. So, there's like different sets of the inside."
Source: USA Today

TV Guide: Idol's New Tune-Up
Posted by Angie on Wednesday, 16-Jan-2013, 1:06AM EST

Can two divas, a dawg, and a Down Under country singer hit a ratings high note? Oh, the drama!
By Rob Monihan

It's the first day of shooting American Idol Season 12's Hollywood Week, and the judges are on their best behavior. Sitting side by side at the dais, five-time Grammy winner Mariah Carey and three-time nominee Nicki Minaj listen patiently, compare notes and whisper suggestions to each other as dozens of male contestants step forward to sing. Flanked by Aussie country crooner Keith Urban and idol mainstay Randy Jackson (the only returning judge), the divas reveal a camaraderie that's a far cry from the antagonism they displayed just a few months earlier.

In October, when auditions rolled through Charlotte, North Carolina, cell-phone-video footage of Carey and Minaj arguing over a contestant's performance was leaked on the Internet. "If you say one more disrespectful thing to me, off with your head!" Minaj threatened. "Why do I have a 3-year-old sitting around me?" countered Carey. The tension escalated further when The View's Barbara Walters reported that Carey had hired extra security in response to an alleged death threat from Minay involving a gun. Minaj fired back on Twitter: "I guess it hurts 2 have the producers tell u to ur face that nicki is the best judge we've had since simon. Awww, poor u. Keep them lies cmn." As auditions continued in four more cities without further incident, some Idol alumni—including Jennifer Hudson and former judge Steve Tyler—questioned if the argument was nothing more than a publicity stunt.

Despite (or perhaps because of) the turmoil and cast changes, Idol continues to outshine the competition as the dominant leader in ratings (more than 21 million viewers tuned in to last year's finale) and chart success (Season 11 champ Phillip Phillips' debut album has sold more than 475,000 copies). Backstage during a break in taping, it was all smiles when the new quartet gathered for a sit-down along with host Ryan Seacrest. In fact, when asked about the fight, the judges made light of the incident.

Ladies, there were reports of fighting early on. How are things between you now?
Mariah Carey: To me, the show is such a freakin' massive entity that nothing should matter to the public but that. It's American Idol. It's bigger than life and bigger than any stupid whatever.
Randy Jackson: If you look at Keith, he looks like a mild-mannered guy, but we have so much drama.
Carey: Keith is the problem!
Jackson: We're getting along. It's just a lovely family, and in a family, there's never drama.

Ryan and Randy, you've been with the show since the beginning. What does this panel bring that previous ones didn't?
Keith Urban: Should I leave the room?
Ryan Seacrest: No, you should stay. This panel brings a very broad, spirited and unique perspective with each individual artist. There is never a dull moment. We look ar this as a fun new beginning.
Jackson: You have a broad range of very passionate advice and opinions. You want everybody to stand in their lane with passion and conviction.

Whose opinion usually wins?
Urban: Sometimes they're swaying. Like when Nicki has passionately believed in someone and we've all said no, she's managed every now and then to turn us around by pointing out a few things we might not have been thinking about.
Seacrest: But that's true with all the judges. When they believe in a contestant, they don't want to back down.

Mariah, why did you sign on to the show?
Carey: For me, it's about finding brilliant talent. If you look at the record, it's unparalleled; no other show even comes close. I was approached by basically every other competition show there is, and it just didn't feel appropriate. But this could be really cool, because I could play a part in the career of someone who may not have gotten that same type of attention had I not joined the show. Not to say it's all about me, but, as an artist, to be able to participate in someone's career like that is such a great thing.

What do you bring to the panel?
Carey: I have an ear for what we're looking for in terms of listening to someone's pitch or their delivery. It's nice to see genuine talent meet the pure spirit of a young artist.

Keith, you left a judging gig on Australia's The Voice to join Idol. Why is Idol the better fit?
Urban: The fact that it's given birth to legitimate artists, not just people that were popular that season and then faded away. In a lot of cases, those who didn't win—the Daughtrys, the Adam Lamberts—have gone on to sell records and have real careers. There was the credibility factor I really loved.

Nicki, how did you get involved?
Nicki Minaj: I never thought I would do something like this, because I'm from the hip-hop culture, and I thought it was maybe something that would be frowned upon. [To others] You guys are on TV and the radio every day, and that's so scary to me, being seen everywhere all the time. I don't know if I want that.
Seacrest: Too late!
Jackson: Try to pick up the dry cleaning now!

What's your style of judging?
Minaj: I try to use comic relief. Everybody wants to come in there talking about "inspiration." Ugh! That's not real to me. Maybe I want to know what color socks you have on because that's going to spark something in you. Nobody says, "I want to inspire the world and I am going to stand on the mountaintop!"
Jackson: Ryan says that every day.
Minaj: Hell-o! It's the real world! I don't want to be a part of a show that's cheesy and corny. My role us to bring some sort of a twist so that [singers] don't come in here with these cliché answers all the time. Today when we were judging, there was this one little boy that everyone thinks is really cute—and he is—but that cuteness started irritating me.
Carey: When he suddenly became Mr. Showbiz! He became that kid who took his raw talent and turned it into an Off-Off-Off Broadway play.

Could you have faced this kind of pressure when you were starting out?
Urban: I did one of these shows when I was 9 [Australian talent-search program Pot of Gold], and I know that feeling. We've all had so many noes in our life, and a lot of them have been the fuel I've used to burn even brighter.
Carey: I want to tell the contestants to take a breath and relax, because I know that for me, I would rather sing in front of a hundred thousand people than four.
Urban: Peole say they're not paying their dues. Nobody wants to pay their f---ing dues—we'd all like a shortcut. But you never get out of paying your dues, you just may have to do it in front of an arena full of people.
Carey: On TV, which is even harder. I think these shows are so helpful for these kids. It's a break.
Minaj: But they don't know how lucky they are to be here.

How's the talent this season?
Urban: The ones that have immediately stood out for me are more gospel and soul singers.
Seacrest: A lot of the girls seem to be inspired by Adele.
Urban: Imagine that!

What do you think is Idol's key to success in its 12th season?
Jackson: All the other shows do a similar thing, but we hold in high esteem the idea of "May the best talent win." When you look at 11 seasons now, seven of those winners have careers. That puts us head and shoulders above all the rest, because I don't think any of those shows produce any of that.

Do you worry about competition?
Seacrest: I worry about what we need to do. If we get caught up in focusing on everything that's going on around us, we're not making the best show that we can make. In the weeks to come, the shows that we'll be shooting won't be exactly like they were last season. There will be some tweaks and changes.
Jackson: To me, Idol's a Picasso. This was the first one of its kind, and it's still the best. Many try to duplicate, but this is the gold standard, as far as I'm concerned. We say American Idol is the search for the next superstar, and I think we've done that pretty damn well.

Source: MariahDailyJournal | TV Guide, Jan. 14-20, 2013

New American Idol Season 12 Preview Video
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 15-Jan-2013, 8:55PM EST
Check out a new American Idol season 12 preview video, featuring footage from the upcoming season and commentary from Mariah and the other judges.


MDJ: Are you ready for Idol?
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 15-Jan-2013, 8:46PM EST

MariahDailyJournal readers: Are you ready for the season premiere of American Idol tomorrow?

Since the announcement last July that Mariah would join the American Idol judging panel this season, fans worldwide have been eagerly awaiting the season 12 premiere, and the moment we've been waiting for is almost here!

Join us on Twitter all day tomorrow by tweeting #idoltonight. Support Mariah by adding @MariahCarey and #Mariah!

At 8pm eastern time, we will use #idol instead of #idoltonight.

Let's explode on Twitter and make Mariah proud! Spread the word!
Source: Image: Mariah via Twitter

Greatest Hits of an American Idol Judge
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 15-Jan-2013, 8:29PM EST
If bringing in Nicki Minaj as a judge was American Idol proving that it can make choices as odd as the rest of us, it would be hard to imagine a singer better suited to taking a seat behind the judges table than Mariah Carey.

She's had more singles top the Billboard Hot 100 than any other solo artist, having edged out Elvis Presley in 2008 with "Touch My Body." And although some would no doubt argue that the body may have had as much to do with that success as, say, the quality of those recordings, you could make a pretty decent playlist from the best of the 60-odd singles she's released since 1990 while providing Idol hopefuls with a handy yardstick against which one can safely measure any multi-octave pyrotechnics.

Here's a look back at the quintessential Carey, from her first chart-topping single to 2010's "Oh Santa!"

01. "Someday" (1990)
Her third chart-topping single sounds exactly like the sort of thing the guys from Chic were writing for Diana Ross back in the “Upside Down” days (with a hint of New Jack Swing). But Carey’s vocals are what ultimately seals the deal here — a powerful, soulful performance that doesn’t cry out for a Minnie Riperton comparison until the fadeout.

02. "We Belong Together" (2005)
The first chart-topping single from her unexpected comeback, 2005's The Emancipation of Mimi, "We Belong Together" is a classic Carey slow jam with a fast and fluid vocal fueled by heartbreak and nostalgia. The best part is the Bobby Womack shoutout ("Wait a minute this is too deep/ Gotta change the station"). But it sounds more like the radio was playing "You Are Everything" by the Stylistics. It was Billboard's single of the decade.

03. "Emotions" (1991)
A euphoric disco throwback written by David Cole and Robert Clivilles of C + C Music Factory, the singer’s fifth chart-topping single made the most of Carey’s upper register, making a genuine pop hook of those ostentatious high notes. And it’s kind of cool that it could pass for an Emotions song.)

04. "It's Like That" (2005)
The song that put her on the comeback trail, this hip-hop-flavored classic stalled at No. 16, but there's no doubt that it would have topped the charts if she'd released it after "We Belong Together." The production, by Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal and Carey, has an exotic flavor reminiscent of Timbaland's best Missy Elliott recordings and a sparseness more in keeping with the Neptunes.

05. "Fantasy" (1995)
After faking us out with atmospheric strings and post-Titanic moaning, "Fantasy" hits the dance floor with a sample of the Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love" and one of Carey's most infectious choruses. It spent eight weeks at No. 1.

06. "Vision of Love" (1990)
The song that introduced her to the world, Carey's debut single spent four weeks at No. 1 and did a brilliant job of showing off her multi-octave range and melismatic tendencies without making the song itself - a soulful slow jam - take a back seat to the stunning show of force that clearly left its mark on 10-year-old Christina Aguilera.

07. "Can't Let Go" (1991)
The second single from Emotions, "Can't Let Go" is one of Carey's more compelling slow jams, despite having broken her winning streak. Her first five U.S. singles made it all the way to No. 1 while this one stalled at No. 2.

08. "Make It Happen" (1992)
The third single pulled from Emotions is closer in spirit to the title track than "Can't Let Go" - a throwback to the golden age of disco with a thumping bass groove and slinky guitar from the C & C Music Factory boys that leaves you wondering if one of those Cs is short for Chic. It peaked at No. 5.

09. "Honey" (1997)
The first of two chart-topping singles from Butterfly, "Honey" is one of her sexier vocal performances, more whispering than wailing with actual cracks in her voice. After setting the tone for a party with a sample of "Hey DJ," an early hip-hop classic by World's Famous Supreme Team, it builds to one of Carey's more infectious choruses.

10. "Dreamlover" (1993)
The first chart-topping single from Music Box is built on a sample of an old Emotions song, "Blind Alley," its feather-weight pop sensibilities placing it more in the tradition of "Let's Hear it for the Boy."

11. "All I Want For Christmas Is You" (1994)
This modern yuletide standard is closer in spirit to an old Phil Spector girl-group classic than anything Carey had done leading up to it. She even sings it more like Darlene Love than Whitney Houston crossed with Minnie Ripperton. And it works.

12. "Oh, Santa!" (2010
Another Christmas single? Hey, we've made the list and checked it twice, OK? This one starts with the jingling of sleigh bells then brings in what sounds like a gym full of cheerleaders chanting "Oh, Santa's gonna come and make you mine this Christmas," all before the singer grabs the mike to pout another classic girl-group melody.

American Idol UK & Brazil Premieres
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 15-Jan-2013, 1:28PM EST
UK: American Idol will begin in the UK on Thursday, January 17, at 8pm on Channel 5. UK fans can watch the trailer here.

Brazil: American Idol will premiere on February 1, 2013 at 9pm on cable channel Sony Entertainment Television. The network has set up a special section for Idol, including a schedule of when episodes will air. Check it out here.

Mariah Mention in UK's Sunday Times
Posted by Angie on Monday, 14-Jan-2013, 1:54PM EST
Haim, a trio of Californian sisters who have been compared to Fleetwood Mac, have come top of the BBC Sound of 2013 new music list. Este, Danielle and Alana talked to UK's Sunday Times and gushed about Mariah Carey and her influence to their music.

"In LA, you always listen to the radio, because you're always in your car. So we're blessed with the most amazing stations. There's an oldies station, a pop station, an R&B station, a rap station... Nineties R&B was just something we listened to and something we saw on TV, too - like, Destiny's Child, TLC, Mariah Carey..." She (Alana) trails off, misty-eyed about La Carey. "I love her so much. She is probably one of the most amazing songwriters, ever." On which the sisters break into a three-part rendition of Carey's We Belong Together, and suddenly you see the links to their own harmonies on hits such as last summer's Forever."

Source: Kevin | BBC

Professional Photos From Mariah's Australian Tour
Posted by Jonny on Sunday, 13-Jan-2013, 9:36PM EST
Professional photos from Mariah's concert in Sydney, Australia, on January 3, 2013 are now available at the Allphones Arena's Facebook page. Shot by photographer Glenn Pokorny, the set also includes photos of Nick Cannon's DJ segment.

Photographer Naomi Rahim shot photos of the Melbourne, Australia show at Etihad Stadium on January 5, 2013. Her set also includes photos of Nick Cannon & opening act Andrew De Silva, as well as a picture of the setlist. Check out Naomi's photos at LifeMusicMedia.

Video: Mariah Speaks With Joan Boyce on HSN
Posted by Jonny on Sunday, 13-Jan-2013, 7:44PM EST
Last month, Mariah called in to HSN to speak with her good friend, jeweler Joan Boyce. Check out their conversation below!

Source: MariahDailyJournal

American Idol Previews
Posted by Jonny on Sunday, 13-Jan-2013, 5:22PM EST
Below are new clips of American Idol hopefuls auditioning in front of Mariah and the other judges in New York and Chicago.

Chicago:

New York:
Source: MariahDailyJournal

New Family Photos
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 12-Jan-2013, 4:27PM EST
Dem babies' website has been updated! Check out several adorable new photos from the Cannon family vacation to Australia on dembabies.com.

Photos: Mariah Leaves UCLA's Royce Hall
Posted by Angie on Saturday, 12-Jan-2013, 5:35AM EST
Mariah is pictured below leaving UCLA's Royce Hall after the American Idol Premiere Screening/Q&A event on Wednesday, January 9, 2013.




Source: MariahDailyJournal | Celine

American idol Goes Live in Asia, Middle East
Posted by Angie on Saturday, 12-Jan-2013, 3:02AM EST
Pegging itself as "the true home for Idols," Star World is bringing American idol once again to millions of viewers in Southeast Asia, India, Taiwan, and the Middle East. American idol season 12 premieres Thursday, January 17 at 6:00pm, with replays at 8:00pm and 11:00pm.

Mariah on Entertainment TV
Posted by Angie on Saturday, 12-Jan-2013, 2:27AM EST
From the January 10th episodes of Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, E! News and Inside Edition.

Source: MariahDailyJournal

Video: FOX EPK Featuring Mariah
Posted by Angie on Saturday, 12-Jan-2013, 12:13AM EST
Mariah, in this FOX Press Kit, talks about being a judge on Season 12 of American Idol.


MARIAH CAREY
The best part of being a part of American Idol...
"I think the best thing about being a judge on American Idol is the possibility of being a part of someone else's life-changing moment where they go on to live their dream 'cause I've been blessed to live mine and so it's kind of like giving back."

Uncertainty of being part of Idol...
"I was unsure as to whether I wanted to do this or not. And in thinking about American Idol I felt like if you're going to do a competition show, do the biggest and the best, and here we are."

What she's learned...
"I think I really learned how to, in sort of a concise way, sum up how I felt about somebody's performance and also I learned how to say no without feeling like I just gutted myself."

How to properly critique...
"I think I learned that it's okay to say no to people as long as you give them some type of critique that's going to help them even if that's like, 'You know what, I think you're better off not singing, just do it for fun.'"

Hearing Mariah Carey songs is a compliment...
"There was a girl who came on and sang one of my songs and she was really pretty and she did a really good job, a nice job. You know, I'm a songwriter so for me, it's a compliment. It's not just like, 'Who, who sang it better?' I really take that kind of stuff as a compliment."
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Fan Campaign for Australian Tour DVD
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 11-Jan-2013, 10:16PM EST
It's hard to believe it's been a week since the end of Mariah's whirlwind Australian tour that saw her pack venues in Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland, Australia! During the course of three shows, Mariah performed classics such as "Emotions," "Can't Let Go" and "Love Takes Time," was presented with an honorary beauty-school diploma, met her 6-year old namesake and so much more! Fans worldwide are on a mission to have these moments on disc to treasure forever. Check out Mariah Carey Australia on Facebook and "like" their status asking for a DVD of the tour! In less than a day, the Facebook campaign has gathered more than 1,000 "likes" in support of a DVD release of the Australian tour.

Check out a beautifully designed DVD cover, made by Jevi:

Source: MariahCareyAustralia | Chris | Jevi

Idol Judges Talk "Hollywood"
Posted by Angie on Friday, 11-Jan-2013, 1:57PM EST
Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson talk tough eliminations during Hollywood week backstage at Wednesday's American Idol Q&A event in UCLA.

Source: E! Online

MariahDailyJournal Site Issues
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 11-Jan-2013, 11:20AM EST
We would like to let our MariahDailyJournal readers know that we are aware that there have been issues with the site over the course of the past several days, including:

• Issues with photos not loading after clicking thumbnails
• Issues with emails not being received. If you sent us an email this week and did not get a reply, please re-send your email to us!
• Issues with us being blocked from sending emails to certain domains, including Gmail.

We are in the process of getting these issues resolved and hope that the site will be fully operational again soon. Thank you all for your patience!
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Photos: Idol Auditions
Posted by Angie on Friday, 11-Jan-2013, 10:12AM EST
Mariah on the judging panel with Randy Jackson, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj during the Chicago, IL (1) and New York, NY (2) auditions of American Idol airing on the two-night premiere Wednesday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).

Source: MariahDailyJournal

New Twitter Photos
Posted by Angie on Friday, 11-Jan-2013, 6:46AM EST
Mariah posted these two new cute photos of her on Twitter on Thursday, January 10, 2013.


"I wanted to take him home with me! Thanks to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and their amazing work."

"rushing 2 take a pic w/ the glorious rainbow in beautiful Hawaii on our way home, 'THUNDER PRECEDES THE SUNLIGHT' #NTT"
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MDJ Exclusive: American Idol in UCLA
Posted by Angie on Thursday, 10-Jan-2013, 2:37AM EST
PHOTOS
An outside view of UCLA's Royce Hall. Fans line up for the American Idol Advance Premiere Screening and Q&A Session on Wednesday, January 9, 2013.


VIDEOS
Throngs of fans wait to get inside UCLA's Royce Hall for the Idol screening and Q&A.


Mariah arrives at Royce Hall Artist Entrance at 5:20pm; and leaves the premises at 7:00pm.

Source: MariahDailyJournal

HQ Photos: American Idol Q&A
Posted by Angie on Thursday, 10-Jan-2013, 1:28AM EST
Host Ryan Seacrest, and judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson talk to fans during the American Idol Premiere Screening and Q&A event at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, January 9, 2013.





Source: MariahDailyJournal

Stream American Idol Q&A
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 09-Jan-2013, 11:31PM EST
In case you missed the live stream of the American Idol Q&A session held earlier this evening, you can watch it below or at this link.

Source: MariahDailyJournal

Screen Captures: American Idol Q&A
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 09-Jan-2013, 11:25PM EST
Below, see screen captures from the live stream of the Q&A session with Ryan Seacrest and the American Idol judges, held at Royce Hall at UCLA on January 9, 2013.















Source: MariahDailyJournal

Highlights: American Idol Q&A
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 09-Jan-2013, 9:48PM EST
The Q&A session with Mariah and the rest of the American Idol judges at Royce Hall at the University of California, Los Angeles, has ended. In case you missed the live stream, here are some highlights:

Mariah looked amazing on the stage! She is still a bit under the weather and it can be heard in her speaking voice. She joked that she had been asked to use cue-cards and Ryan Seacrest jokingly offered to get her some paper in case she needed to write anything down.

Why did you sign up to be with this crew here on American Idol?

Maria: Exclusively because of (Ryan Seacrest)! (laughs) This is American Idol. This is the biggest show that started - I mean, it changed trends in music. It's created massive superstars and I think people that are are gonna have timeless careers. And also I had just had two babies - Roc and Roe - and I thought it'd be a good thing for me to have something that was a little more stable than just constantly working and whatnot. And working with this group of people!

Mariah, how did day 1 compare to Hollywood Week for you?

Mariah: For me, it was a complete journey for me. I think you saw that, everybody that, you know, was working with me saw that. I've always been my own boss. And that sounds weird but I really mean it. So I had to get used to adapting to working within a specific- a different way, and also, the real reason, aside from, like, 'Oh I had my babies and I did this and I did that and I thought it'd be a great opportunity.' This really is about the contestants and the truth is, you do become attached to certain contestants who have just a massive amount of talent. At that point for me, it was really a heart decision. It went way beyond just like 'Oh you know, who's gonna be the biggest star? Or who's gonna be this or who's gonna be that?' It was like, 'I'm really truly attached to this contestant and I don't know how I'm gonna feel about letting them go.' So I think m, quote, "style of judging" - if anything changed, it just became more honest and true. Not in the way of like I was ever being disingenuous with somebody, but in the way like, Wow, how do I let go of this person that I really feel attached to?"

From fan Ricardo in Texas: Out of the past American Idol winners, who do you think has the best voice and why?

Mariah: For me, that's really hard to say and I feel like I would be remiss to judge the winners, because a lot of them are very different. A lot of them are very different. You go from like a Carrie Underwood to a Fantasia, and they're very very different in their approach and in their style but they're both amazing, so I would just say this is an incredibly - I have so much more respect for like the process of this whole thing that just sitting here and seeing people go through it, I'm like 'Wow, the people who have been on this show and had careers afterward, whether they won or didn't win, it's just amazing so that would be my answer!

From fan Katie in Philadelphia: You've had a long career. I want to know how American Idol compares to your career and what's your advice through the long run with everyone in the competition?

Mariah: You have to work like you can't even imagine. It is extremely hard to do this for a living and if you want to have a really long career, you've got to work even harder.

Keith Urban: Even when you're sick!

Mariah: Even when you're sick - no matter what it is! - you just have to work, and you have to love it! Really it's not about doing this if you just want to become famous, infamous or whatever. It's about loving this as a lifestyle and loving music. And that's my two cents! Thank you for the question!

From fan Catrina via Facebook: Mariah, you are my idol and you are the reason that I sing. Who was your childhood idol?

Mariah: Wow, first of all, thank you for the beautiful question and the way that you phrased it. I have to say that my mother is the first person that I ever heard sing. She sang all different styles of music, but she started as an opera singer, but in my house I was exposed to every I mean, you know - the radio, Keith and I were talking yesterday ... if you're one of those radio addicts and you just listen to songs in general. I mean, that was my thing. It used to get me through. I was a little kid, I used to take the radio, hide it under the covers and just listen to whatever was on... But seriously, there's too many to name. Too many incredible singers to name, but we're starting with number one - my mom's the first voice I ever heard.

From Peter in Washington, D.C.: You have one of the most beautiful singing voices in the history of music. How does it make you feel when the contestants sing one of your songs? Is that like an awkward experience if they screw it up a little bit?

Mariah: First of all, thank you for the nice question, I enjoyed it! You know what - there was one time in particular when a girl sang one of my songs. Honestly, I don't even remember which song it was right now, but I thought she was really good and I thought she was beautiful and I was like, 'This girl has a chance.' I'm not sure if she got through. I don't think she did, because in latter auditions - it wasn't because it was my song, like 'first it was great because it was my song then it sucked' - no! (Everyone laughs) She was really good and I was proud that I had written the song she sang and made her inspired to sing the song. So um sometimes it's like, I'm like 'Is this for laughs, are we doing this for fun?'

Ryan: Did you ever cringe when someone sang one of your songs this season?

Mariah: No, that's not me, and I would never outwardly do that anyway. Inward cringe! Keep it inside, darling, keep it inside! (Laughs)

Nick from Dallas: In the search for finding the next American Idol, are you focused on finding the next great vocalist, or the next great entertainer?

Mariah: To me, it doesn't matter. To me, the person could be just unique in some way. There was one performer who was a street performer that I thought was really unique and different and interesting, and then there were some amazing vocalists, and so how do you compare the two? It's really difficult. So many different genres. It was a learning experience for me, and that's what I've found - that the diversity plays into it in a deep way.

Ryan Seacrest: After we traveled around the country... and wrapped Hollywood week. What was the first the first thing you said to whomever you first spoke to on the phone about what we brought back this season? About what this audience is gonna see with the talent... and what you're most proud of?

Mariah: Sometimes I would discuss the different people if they were that inspiring to me, and sometimes I would just process things by myself.

Ryan: In general, do you think we got what we needed?

I felt like the whole journey was - I mean, it was very interesting. And, look it's gonna be- again, it is question of 'who is that big voice?' or 'who is that voice that moves you in a certain way?' It's difficult to compare legends that may not be with us anymore, or some that still are, or whoever, to a brand new artist because you know, they may have an inkling of that person, but they're never gonna be that person. They could be totally inspired by Bob Marley, but it's gonna be a rare day in wherever that you're gonna find the next Bob Marley, so for me it was like, 'Wow, who is unique? Who is different? Who is extremely talented vocally? And that's what I would mull over and think about.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Reminder: American Idol Live Q&A
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 09-Jan-2013, 9:30AM EST

Ryan Seacrest will moderate a nationwide interactive Q&A LIVE with judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. The LIVE and interactive Q&A will appear in satellite venues, as well as stream on various websites, including www.americanidol.com and www.livestream.com, beginning today at 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT.
Source: Livestream.com

Mariah on Entertainment TV
Posted by Angie on Wednesday, 09-Jan-2013, 5:06AM EST
From tonight's Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Showbiz Tonight, E! News and OMG! Insider.

Source: MariahDailyJournal

Photos: Mariah Signs Autographs at FOX TCA Press
Posted by Angie on Wednesday, 09-Jan-2013, 3:20AM EST
Mariah signs autographs for fans outside The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa in Pasadena, California on Tuesday, January 8, 2013.

Source: MariahDailyJournal

Press Release: American Idol Schedule
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 08-Jan-2013, 10:00PM EST
"AMERICAN IDOL" DEBUTS WITH TWO-NIGHT PREMIERE
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, AND THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, ON FOX

Hollywood Rounds Begin Wednesday, February 6;
Top 40 Announced on Thursday, February 14

All-New Semifinalist Rounds in Las Vegas Begin Wednesday, February 20,
and Conclude with Special Three-Night IDOL Event
Tuesday, March 5, Wednesday, March 6 and
Thursday, March 7, When Top 10 Finalists are Announced

Hosted by the inimitable Ryan Seacrest, AMERICAN IDOL Season 12 features a dynamic new judging panel including Randy Jackson, a Grammy Award-winning producer whose expertise and beloved persona have been instrumental in discovering IDOL talent from the beginning; global superstar and the best-selling female recording artist of all time Mariah Carey; quadruple-platinum singer, songwriter, rapper and fashion icon Nicki Minaj; and Keith Urban, a four-time Grammy Award winner who has sold more than 15 million albums. Seacrest and the judges will travel to Charlotte, Chicago, Long Beach, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City and San Antonio to find the next superstar who will join the ranks of IDOL alumni Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips.

AUDITIONS
The incredible journey begins with a two-night event showcasing the nation's best talent from the New York auditions on Wednesday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and the Chicago auditions Thursday, Jan. 17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Auditions continue for two more weeks on Wednesday, Jan. 23 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan. 24 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT); and Wednesday, Jan. 30 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan. 31 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).

HOLLYWOOD ROUNDS
The contestants who impress the judges will head to "Hollywood" and be put to the ultimate stage test during the "Hollywood Rounds," airing Wednesday, Feb. 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Feb. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT); and Wednesday, Feb. 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). At the end of the final "Hollywood Round," on Thursday, Feb. 14 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), only the Top 40 contestants — 20 males and 20 females — will remain.

SEMIFINALIST ROUNDS - PHASE ONE: LAS VEGAS
In a new twist, the competition then moves to Las Vegas, where the Top 40 semifinalists will be split into males and females. Starting Wednesday, Feb. 20 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and continuing Thursday, Feb. 21 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), Wednesday, Feb. 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Feb. 28 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), 10 semifinalists will perform each night — males on Wednesday, females on Thursday — and the judges will be faced with the tough decision of choosing which five will stay each night and which five will be sent home. At the end of the first stage of the semifinals, only 20 contestants will remain.

SEMIFINALIST ROUNDS - PHASE TWO: AMERICA VOTES

It's up to viewers to vote for who will advance to the Top 10 and who will go home, during a special three-night AMERICAN IDOL event. In the season's first live show, airing on a special night, Tuesday, March 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed), the remaining male semifinalists will perform LIVE from Las Vegas for America's vote. On Wednesday, March 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed), the remaining female semifinalists will perform LIVE. On Thursday, March 7 at 8:00 PM (ET live/PT tape-delayed), America's vote and the AMERICAN IDOL Top 10 finalists will be revealed in the first elimination show LIVE from Los Angeles.

FINALIST PERFORMANCE ROUNDS
The following week, the competition heats up when the finalists perform for the first time LIVE on the IDOL stage Wednesday, March 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed). One finalist's journey will end as America's vote is revealed on Thursday, March 14 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed).

RECAP
(All AMERICAN IDOL episodes begin at 8:00 PM ET/PT unless otherwise noted)

AUDITIONS
Wednesday, Jan. 16 —— Season Premiere, Part 1 - New York Auditions
Thursday, Jan. 17 —— Season Premiere, Part 2 - Chicago Auditions
Wednesday, Jan. 23 —— Audition Episode
Thursday, Jan. 24 —— Audition Episode
Wednesday, Jan. 30 —— Audition Episode
Thursday, Jan. 31 —— Audition Episode

HOLLYWOOD ROUNDS
Wednesday, Feb. 6 —— Hollywood Round, Part 1
Thursday, Feb. 7 —— Hollywood Round, Part 2
Wednesday, Feb. 13 —— Hollywood Round, Part 3
Thursday, Feb. 14 —— Hollywood Round, Part 4 - Top 40 Revealed

SEMIFINALIST ROUNDS - PHASE ONE: LAS VEGAS
Wednesday, Feb. 20 —— First Group of 10 Male Singers Perform
Thursday, Feb. 21 —— First Group of 10 Female Singers Perform
Wednesday, Feb. 27 —— Second Group of 10 Male Singers Perform
Thursday, Feb. 28 —— Second Group of 10 Female Singers Perform

SEMIFINALIST ROUNDS - PHASE TWO: AMERICA VOTES
(All LIVE episodes begin at 8:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed.)
Tuesday, March 5 —— Top 10 Male Semifinalists Perform LIVE
Wednesday, March 6 —— Top 10 Female Semifinalists Perform LIVE
Thursday, March 7 —— LIVE Results Show; Top 10 Finalists Revealed

FINALIST ROUNDS
Wednesday, March 13 —— Top 10 LIVE Performance Show
Thursday, March 14 —— LIVE Results Show; One Finalist Sent Home

AMERICAN IDOL is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group, and FremantleMedia North America. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment. Trish Kinane, FremantleMedia North America; Ken Warwick, FremantleMedia North America; and Nigel Lythgoe, CEO, Nigel Lythgoe Productions also serve as executive producers. "Like" AMERICAN IDOL on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AmericanIdol. Follow the series on Twitter @AmericanIdol and join the discussion at #idol.
Source: Fox | MariahDailyJournal

Mariah Carey's Red Hot Bikini
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 08-Jan-2013, 9:13PM EST

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Mariah: "We're Putting the 'Fun' Back in 'Dysfunction'"
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 08-Jan-2013, 4:34PM EST
American Idol officially kicked off on Tuesday morning at the 2013 TCA in Pasadena. That's where new judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban took the stage to face the critics — and there were plenty of them: those who had stuck by the show for more than a decade, hoping to find the next superstar, as its tagline boldly stated.

This year, the slogan has changed to "Everyone Dreams, 'Idol' Delivers," but where the press was concerned: the new batch of contestants take a backseat to the drama of the judges' panel.

Indeed, it took about three questions before the much-blogged about "feud" was mentioned. The two who clashed — Carey and Minaj — smiled some, deflected a lot, but in the end, had a couple of nice things to say about each other.

"This is a very passionate panel, there are a lot of strong personalities," said Carey who noted that at the start of the process it became clear that there could be "differences of opinion." As for the North Carolina rumble, which leaked out via cell phone video, "The fighting is what it is," Carey continued. "This is 'American Idol' — it's bigger than all that. It's bigger than some stupid trumped-up thing."

That's not to say that anything about the clash was staged. In fact, Fox president of alternative programming Mike Darnell went out of his way to emphasize, "It's authentic." Added executive producer Nigel Lythgoe: "Two of them were always angry." And FremantleMedia's Trish Kinane pointed out that the "Idol" audience was asking — even begging — the producers for one thing above all else: "They told us they wanted honesty," she said.

With that in mind, Minaj and Carey were both asked to say something nice about each other. Minaj went first: "I say nice things about Mariah all the time, she's one of my favorite artists of all-time she's really shaped a generation of singers. To be on a panel with her, it's kind of crazy because these singers aspire to be a Mariah Carey. So I feel excited to see them so excited."

Replied Carey, pointing out that the two of them worked together early in Minaj's career: "That was obviously a sweet thing to say... I know and feel that she's going to go very far and am grateful for anything nice that she or anyone says about me."

But when it comes to their jobs: finding promising talent and launching a music career, they take that responsibility very seriously and it shows. Perhaps no better example was offered than when Minaj recounted her own experiences watching the show at home. "I didn't like when people would be overtly passive," she said. "We're here to do a job. I don't put someone through because of a great story or because there's something going on that may make people cry... I didn't really have a problem saying no because we're looking for the best of the best. It brothers me when someone says yes and don't deserve it."

Hallelujah to that! But in the end, it was Mariah Carey who nailed the "Idol" dynamic in one punchline: "We're putting the 'fun' back in dysfunction."
Source: Billboard

HQ Photos: Mariah at FOX's Winter TCA Tour
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 08-Jan-2013, 4:27PM EST
Below are HQ photos of Mariah, along with American Idol host Ryan Seacrest and fellow judges Randy Jackson, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj, answering questions from television critics during the 2013 FOX Winter Television Critics Association press tour. The event was held at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California on Tuesday, January 8, 2013.

Source: MariahDailyJournal

American Idol Covers TV GUIDE
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 08-Jan-2013, 2:04PM EST

ON THE SET:
American Idol's New Tune-Up


It's the first day of shooting American Idol Season 12's Hollywood Week, and the judges are on their best behavior. ­Sitting side by side at the dais, five-time Grammy winner Mariah Carey and three-time nominee Nicki Minaj listen patiently, compare notes and whisper suggestions to each other as dozens of male contestants step forward to sing. Flanked by Aussie country crooner Keith Urban and Idol mainstay Randy Jackson (the only returning judge), the divas ­reveal a camaraderie that's a far cry from the antagonism they displayed just a few months earlier.

In October, when ­auditions rolled through Charlotte, North Carolina, cell-phone-video footage of Carey and Minaj arguing over a ­contestant's performance was leaked on the Internet. "If you say one more disrespectful thing to me, off with your head!" Minaj threatened. "Why do I have a 3-year-old sitting around me?" countered Carey. The tension escalated further when The View's Barbara Walters reported that Carey had hired extra ­security in response to an alleged death threat from Minaj involving a gun. Minaj fired back on Twitter: "I guess it hurts 2 have the producers tell u to ur face that nicki is the best judge we've had since simon. Awww, poor u. Keep them lies cmn." As auditions continued in four more cities without ­further incident, some Idol alumni — including Jennifer Hudson and ­former judge Steven Tyler — questioned if the argument was nothing more than a publicity stunt.

Despite (or perhaps because of) the turmoil and cast changes, Idol continues to outshine the competition as the dominant leader in ratings (more than 21 million viewers tuned in to last year's finale) and chart success (Season 11 champ Phillip Phillips' debut album has sold more than 475,000 copies). Backstage during a break in taping, it was all smiles when the new quartet gathered for a sit-down along with host Ryan Seacrest. In fact, when asked about the fight, the judges made light of the incident.

TV Guide Magazine: Ladies, there were reports of fighting early on. How are things between you now?
Mariah Carey: To me, the show is such a freakin' massive entity that nothing should matter to the public but that. It's American Idol. It's bigger than life and bigger than any stupid whatever.
Randy Jackson: If you look at Keith, he looks like a mild-mannered guy, but we have so much drama.
Carey: Keith is the problem!
Jackson: We're getting along. It's just a lovely family, and in a family, there's never drama.

TV Guide Magazine: Ryan and Randy, you've been with the show since the beginning. What does this panel bring that previous ones didn't?
Keith Urban: Should I leave the room?
Ryan Seacrest: No, you should stay. This panel brings a very broad, spirited and unique perspective with each individual artist. There is never a dull moment. We look at this as a fun new beginning.
Jackson: You have a broad range of very passionate advice and opinions. You want everybody to stand in their lane with passion and conviction.

TV Guide Magazine: Whose opinion usually wins?
Urban: Sometimes there's swaying. Like when Nicki has passionately ­believed in someone and we've all said no, she's managed every now and then to turn us around by pointing out a few things we might not have been thinking about.
Seacrest: But that's true with all the judges. When they believe in a contestant, they don't want to back down.

TV Guide Magazine: Mariah, why did you sign on to the show?
Carey: For me, it's about finding brilliant talent. If you look at the record, it's unparalleled; no other show even comes close. I was approached by basically every other competition show there is, and it just didn't feel appropriate. But this could be really cool, because I could play a part in the career of someone who may not have gotten that same type of attention had I not joined the show. Not to say it's all about me, but, as an artist, to be able to participate in someone's career like that is such a great thing.

TV Guide Magazine: What do you bring to the panel?
Carey: I have an ear for what we're looking for in terms of listening to someone's pitch or their delivery. It's nice to see genuine talent meet the pure spirit of a young artist.

TV Guide Magazine: Keith, you left a judging gig on Australia's The Voice to join Idol. Why is Idol the better fit?
Urban: The fact that it's given birth to legitimate artists, not just people that were popular that season and then faded away. In a lot of cases, those who didn't win — the Daughtrys, the Adam Lamberts — have gone on to sell ­records and have real careers. There was the credibility factor I really loved.

TV Guide Magazine: Nicki, how did you get involved?
Nicki Minaj: I never thought I would do something like this, because I'm from the hip-hop culture, and I thought it was maybe something that would be frowned upon. [To others] You guys are on TV and the radio every day, and that's so scary to me, being seen ­everywhere all the time. I don't know if I want that.
Seacrest: Too late!
Jackson: Try to pick up that dry cleaning now!

TV Guide Magazine: What's your style of judging?
Minaj: I try to use comic relief. Everybody wants to come in there talking about "inspiration." Ugh! That's not real to me. Maybe I want to know what color socks you have on ­because that's going to spark something in you. Nobody says, "I want to inspire the world and I am going to stand on the mountaintop!"
Jackson: Ryan says that every day.
Minaj: Hell-o! It's the real world! I don't want to be a part of a show that's cheesy and corny. My role is to bring some sort of a twist so that [singers] don't come in here with these cliché answers all the time. Today when we were judging, there was this one little boy that everyone thinks is really cute — and he is — but that cuteness started irritating me.
Carey: When he suddenly became Mr. Showbiz! He became that kid who took his raw talent and turned it into an Off-Off-Off-Broadway play.

For more with the American Idol judges, pick up this week's issue of TV Guide Magazine, on newsstands Thursday, January 10!
Source: TV Guide

Video: Mariah on Nightline
Posted by Angie on Tuesday, 08-Jan-2013, 1:30AM EST
Check out Mariah's exclusive interview with Barbara Walters on ABC's Nightline.




Mariah Interviews with Barbara Walters - Nightline, Jan. 7, 2013
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Source: ABC News

Preview: Mariah's Interview With Barbara Walters
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 07-Jan-2013, 2:37PM EST
As a reminder, Mariah's interview with Barbara Walters airs tonight on ABC's Nightline at 11:35pm ET/PT.


Mariah Carey Interview: The superstar talks to Barbara Walters about raising twins with Nick Cannon, her music career and being an "American Idol" judge.
Source: ABC News

Full Audio: Mariah's Australian Tour 2013
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 07-Jan-2013, 12:00PM EST
Below, download audio files of Mariah's complete 2013 Australian tour. You can download individual songs, or each show as a whole. Our thanks to the YouTube users credited for sharing their recordings of the concerts.

LIVE AT JUPITER'S HOTEL & CASINO - GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA
JANUARY 1, 2013

01. CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY (REMIX)
02. TOUCH MY BODY
03. SHAKE IT OFF
04. MY ALL
05. ALWAYS BE MY BABY
06. I'LL BE THERE
07. OBSESSED
08. DON'T FORGET ABOUT US
09. CLOSE MY EYES
10. HERO
11. WE BELONG TOGETHER
12. ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU/AULD LANG SYNE
• • FULL SHOW - .ZIP FILE

LIVE AT ALLPHONES ARENA - SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
JANUARY 3, 2013

01. CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY (REMIX)
02. TOUCH MY BODY
03. SHAKE IT OFF
04. MY ALL
05. EMOTIONS
• • MARIAH RECEIVES HONORARY BEAUTY SCHOOL DIPLOMA
06. ALWAYS BE MY BABY
07. I'LL BE THERE
08. OBSESSED
09. CAN'T LET GO/LOVE TAKES TIME MEDLEY
10. DON'T FORGET ABOUT US
11. IT'S LIKE THAT
• • MARIAH MEETS LITTLE MARIAH
12. CLOSE MY EYES
13. HERO
14. WE BELONG TOGETHER
• • FULL SHOW - .ZIP FILE

LIVE AT ETIHAD STADIUM - MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
JANUARY 5, 2013

01. CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY (REMIX)
02. TOUCH MY BODY
03. SHAKE IT OFF
04. MY ALL
05. EMOTIONS
06. THANX 4 NOTHIN SNIPPET/CHAT
07. ALWAYS BE MY BABY
08. I'LL BE THERE
09. IT'S LIKE THAT (N/A)
10. FLY LIKE A BIRD
11. CLOSE MY EYES (N/A)
12. HERO
13. WE BELONG TOGETHER
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Mariah Talks Music, Motherhood & Minaj
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 07-Jan-2013, 9:20AM EST

In the two decades since she burst onto the scene, Mariah Carey has produced more chart-topping singles than Elvis.

With more than 200 million albums sold, she is now the best selling female artist of all time. In a tucked away corner of her palatial New York City penthouse are Grammys, Vibe awards, World Music awards -- accolades from an unparalleled career.

The singer, who is expected to release a new album in the coming months, sat down for an exclusive interview with ABC's Barbara Walters to talk about her music, being a mother to twins and what's in store for her future.

We're used to seeing Carey on stage, belting out her music with a voice of staggering power and range. But starting next week, she will be judging the singers, instead of being the singer, as a new judge of American Idol.

And her star power doesn't come cheap. Although she wouldn't confirm it, Carey is reportedly being paid $18 million a season.

"I think we're in the ballpark, [but] I can't even talk about those things," she told Walters.

But it's not only Carey's salary that is drawing attention these days. It's her relationship with fellow "Idol" judge, Nicki Minaj.

In October, TMZ released a video of a heated argument between the two divas during an audition in North Carolina. After the cameras were off, Carey claims others heard Minaj take it even further and say, "If I had a gun, I would shoot that bitch," as Walters reported on her daytime talk show, The View.

"It felt like an unsafe work environment," Carey said. "Anytime anybody's reeling threats at somebody, you know, it's not appropriate. I'm a professional. I'm not used to that type of environment."

As a result, Carey said she hired more security.

"I just felt it was the appropriate thing to do," she said. "Sitting there on the road with two babies, I'm not going to take any chances."

Minaj has denied saying anything about a gun, calling the statement a "fabrication." When ABC News asked her for comment for this story, her representative said "she's said what she's saying on this topic."

"For all the drama, I hope it helps the show," Carey said. "I think it's a classic, classy show and it didn't need this."

The public battle with Minaj is not the only challenge Carey faced recently. Nick Cannon, her husband of five years and the host of the rival competitive singing show, "America's Got Talent," suddenly fell ill and was hospitalized for kidney failure last year.

"It was very serious, but he's got some great doctors who really got in there and helped him out and at this point he is doing great," she said. "He's better than ever."

His struggle with that life-threatening illness inspired her recently released song, "Triumphant."

"I was just trying to encourage people to never give up and to get through and to persevere," Carey said. "And that's what the meaning of 'Triumphant' was to me."

The couple have something else to rejoice over: Their 20-month-old twins, a girl named Monroe and a little boy named Morrocan.

"I call her Miss Monroe, and that kind of dictated her personality," Carey said of her daughter. "She's a total diva. She's into jewelry. She's fascinated by jewelry."

Her son's nickname, she said, is "Rock."

"He's my pal," Carey said. "He'll just watch movies with me. We've watched 'Shrek' I don't know how many times. We watch movies all the time together, relax. He's more chill."

The power couple recently celebrated the twins' first birthday in true diva style with a family trip to Paris, where they renewed their vows on the Eiffel Tower. In fact, they renew their vows every year.

"[Nick] is just as festive as I am," Carey said. "I'm very, very festive, and he kind of almost trumps me there."

Despite the glamorous trips, Carey is trying to stay close to home, for now, to spend quality time with the kids. She said she and Minaj have made up, and she is looking forward to the return of American Idol for its 12th season next week.

"For me, ultimately, this is about the kids, the contestants," Carey said. "I've been blessed to live my dream more than half my life, so I want help give that back to someone else."
Source: ABC News

A Diva To Love, Just Not Enough Of Her
Posted by Jonny on Sunday, 06-Jan-2013, 10:18PM EST
If you've taken the time to click on this article and read about Mariah Carey's recent Sydney show there are a few things you probably want to know right away:

1. "The voice" is still in tact. It's epic, it's huge, it's everything you would think it should be and then some. From the belty climax of "Hero" to that signature Mariah squeal that pierces the finales of songs like "Emotions," it's all there and showing little sign of wear. Just: wow.

2. People still love Mariah Carey. Actually love her. In fact, the 20-ish bloke sat next to Time Out decided he would scream this several times during the show - and he too could do the Mariah squeal. Excerpt from about midway through "Hero," the pre-encore show closer: “Oh my God, this is happening. She’s singing "Hero." I love you Mariah… I actually do. She has to hear me say this…" And then poof, he was gone… presumably to tell her.

3. It may be a self-aware act or she may just be car-razy (in a great way), but Mariah Carey actually says things like: "If someone doesn’t get me a glass of champagne in one-point-five seconds everyone is fired." This after she took a bite of Vegemite on stage. (Our friend next to us did not approve: "Don’t do it Mariah -  it’s nasty.")

What did we think of the actual show?

If you’re a "Lamb" - a fan of Ms Carey - then you would have been in field-of-green-grass heaven. Carey was in full diva mode at Allphones, emerging from behind a screen in a shimmering, super-sheer dress looking ridiculously good; she stroked her hair all night like nobody’s business; and she brought a little girl on stage - a six-year-old named Mariah too - for the now requisite "huge star talks to cute kid" routine. And it was all very adorable.

And as we said earlier, there's that voice. We were digging it hugely on throwback renditions of "Always Be My Baby" and "Emotions," but even on her less vocally demanding recent gear – Emancipation of Mimi tracks like "Touch My Body" and the career-reviving "It’s Like That" - Carey sounded great.

She was also great with the audience. Sure, her stories rambled, but that’s the diva schtick - she's got all the time in the world, so pull up a stool and prepare to be regaled by a zig-zaggy tale of koala-hugging in the Gold Coast. (We think). Speaking of seating, to see Mariah Carey attempting to sit on a Roccoco-style lounge in that tiny dress while remaining "a lady" was something to behold.

When Carey was on stage, the show was gold. The problem was that she wasn’t on stage enough. There were long exits for pointless costume changes, stretches of filler with her dancers and a song from her backup singer Trey Lorenz (with whom she performed her cover of "I'll Be There"). In all, we'd guess she herself was on stage for a little over an hour - disappointing given that fans had to wait a long time for the show to start, sitting through an admittedly spirited DJ set from Mr Carey, Nick Cannon.
 
But we guess that's all part and parcel of being a diva. And all the little Lambs at Allphones Arena didn’t seem to mind at all.  
Source: Timeout Sydney | Guofeng

Noise11: Mariah in Melbourne
Posted by Jonny on Sunday, 06-Jan-2013, 11:55AM EST
A lot has been made of Mariah Carey's last couple of shows. Her Gold Coast show was plagued with sound problems and poor reviews popped up for both her Gold Coast and Sydney shows. I am here to tell you not to believe the tall-poppy-cutting hype.

Mariah Carey's enormous stage glowed with a glittering butterfly briefly before the diva entered the stage to play her "theme" Can't Take That Away via what looked like the bedroom of an Egyptian pharaoh appearing through a gap in the screen. "Melbourne, I've waited a long time for this" she said as the screens turned to a downpour of glitter (look, there was a lot of glitter, okay?). It had been fourteen years since she last entered a stage in the city.

The first thing I noticed is that this show was definitely not "flawless" as a rushed press release issued in damage-control after poor Gold Coast reviews claimed the Sydney show was. "Flawless". I had read the press release the day before the show hit Melbourne and expected disappointment. "Great," I thought. "Another pop show more choreographed than the ballet with as much emotion as a bag full of rocks." But much to my surprise, Mariah Carey doesn't do flawless. Not to take away from her well-documented incredible vocal gymnastic abilities, but just a handful of times throughout the 90 minute show she wouldn't quite hit a note or she would have to catch her breath or even just giggle into the microphone. It was these flaws that made this show actually feel like we were watching a real musician on stage with real personality. Carey's performance hadn't fallen into the stale ditch that so many pop performers seem destined to find themselves in - especially those who seek out stardom in the inoffensive pop your grandmother would approve of like Mariah Carey.

Though she did give the occasional nod to the modern music world - during the song My All, which Carey had introduced with an apology for canceling a Melbourne show during her 1998 tour due to illness, the synth-heavy backing band played tribute to Skrillex with a bit of "wub-wub-wub" as each dancer took a dance-solo in the remixed outro - much of the show was a nostalgic trip back to early 90s R&B-tinged pop and it showed in the audience who seemed to consist entirely of people aged between 30 and 40.

It wasn't just the songs that made this such an enjoyable show though. It was the quirks that come with putting a microphone in front of Carey's mouth. "Yes I know we have to move on, I just want this thing!" she shouted at a faceless person off stage presumably talking to her in her earpiece. She refused to continue until someone had brought her"this thing" a fan had given her earlier in the day. While we waited, she sang an a capella chorus of her song Thanks For Nothing after a fan in the front row had asked for it with their homemade banner and watched her fumble around telling someone backstage to hurry up. Eventually, a small object was brought to her. "Someone gave me this," she said hiding the as-yet-unidentified object in her hand. "I'm not going to do any endorsements, but maybe I'll just take a little sip." She let the cameras get a shot of the distinct VB logo plastered on the can she was holding and the crowd cheered. Who had expected to ever witness Mariah Carey taking a sip of VB in their lifetime? With a scrunched up face she laughed and said "I'm not really much of a beer drinker," and handed it back. It was moments like these that made the show entertaining.

Carey's long-time backing singer Trey Lorenz took centre stage for a duet the pair first did in 1992 as part of her MTV Unplugged album - The Jackson 5's I'll Be There. After that, Carey left the stage for a costume change while Lorenz sang Michael Jackson's Rock With You before introducing the band while they played an instrumental version of Prince's Let's Go Crazy complete with a nod to The Isley Brothers' Shout. "Dearly beloved, we are here to celebrate this thing called 2013!" he said in a slightly dorky fashion.

The set was noticeably lacking some of her biggest hits (including Heartbreaker and Fantasy) but her biggest - Hero - was much appreciated by the crowd. During other shows, this was the end of the main set, but not here. "We have to hurry up. They are very strict about their curfew here," she told the crowd, so straight into the encore she went. We Belong Together closed the show, complete with glitter cannons.

2013 marks 23 years since Mariah Carey's first single. That's a long time in pop diva years. I have to be honest, I hadn't spent much of those 23 years paying any attention to her, but after last night, even a jaded rock-pig like myself can appreciate why this instantly lovable, quirky and supremely talented performer is still around. Ain't nobody can sing like Mariah Carey and I'm glad I got the chance just once in my life to not only hear her hit those high notes, but really know that I was hearing her hit them then and there. I am not inspired to go and listen to her entire back catalogue, but I do find myself with a newfound respect for her. Mariah Carey, you're okay with me.
Source: Noise11

Mariah's Audience Photo in Melbourne, Australia
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 05-Jan-2013, 6:44PM EST
At Mariah's concert in Melbourne, Australia, one of her team members took a picture of her posing with the audience in the background. Mariah has shared the photo. Check it out below!



Last night in Melbourne with my amazing fans! Thank you Australia, I love you!!! --MC
Source: Mariah via Facebook

Updated: Download Audio of Mariah in Sydney, Australia
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 05-Jan-2013, 4:59PM EST
Our post "Download Audio: Mariah Live in Sydney, Australia" from last night has been updated to include the previously unavailable performance of "Shake It Off."

Click here to view the post and download the songs.
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Review/Photos: Mariah "Wows" Sydney
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 05-Jan-2013, 3:58PM EST
The last time Mariah Carey put her high heels on Australian soil, she was promoting a little album called Butterfly. That was back in 1998, when Mimi ruled the charts and airwaves with an iron fist. While her star still shines as bright as ever, the future American Idol judge has spent the last few years concentrating on family rather than chasing hits. Not that Australia seems to have noticed. Despite the 15-year leave of absence, MC's show at Sydney's All Phones Arena sold out in four minutes. Other dates were subsequently added, and the pop legend suddenly found herself on a mini-tour instead of the originally-intended sunny vacation.

I've been following Mimi's Aussie adventure as part of the press junket since it began on New Year's Day with an intimate show on the Gold Coast (a resort town in Queensland, for you non-Aussies). What seemed like the perfect way to celebrate the start of 2013, and Mariah's long-anticipated return, turned out to be something of a misfire. The gorgeous 42-year-old sounded incredible - hitting notes not heard since her '90s hey-day - but the show was plagued by technical issues. There was a problem with the microphone in MC's ear and she let everyone know about it. At every available opportunity.

At first, the Lamb Whisperer's antics were hilarious and warmly embraced by the crowd. But by the time she started freestyling about not being able to hear and left the stage mid-song due to obvious frustration, it started to wear a bit thin. There were many wonderful moments - her festive medley and our unexpected introduction to Dem Babies stand out as highlights. But the quips about lighting, ill-fitting costumes and sore feet eventually took their toll. It didn't help that several songs were cut from the set list due to the sound malfunction. As one punter diplomatically put it: "At least she was better than Whitney" - a reference to Nippy's disastrous 2010 Australian tour. Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

Maybe jet lag or the tiny venue burst Mariah's bubble on the Gold Coast, because a completely different woman wowed Sydney last night. Pop's Christmas Queen exuded happiness and calm, interacting with the audience like the members were old friends, and only occasionally playing up to her diva reputation with a comedic demand. There were exciting additions to the set list. She even looked different, moving around the much-bigger stage with complete ease and confidence. It was like mid-'90s Mariah stepped out of a time machine to reclaim her live performance throne.

After Nick Cannon warmed up the crowd with a DJ set that included PSY's "Gangnam Style" and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," his wife emerged in a skin-tight, silver mini-dress, singing "Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)." Mimi set the bar high with a pitch-perfect rendition. and was visibly touched by the response she received from the adoring sold-out crowd. She then dusted off a couple of big hits, shimmying to 2008 chart-topper "Touch My Body" and Emancipation Of Mimi mega-hit "Shake It Off." Her dancers did most of the moving, but all eyes were on Nicki Minaj's nemesis as she posed sexily and generally put on a mid-tempo R&B master class.

With the crowd now eating out of her be-jewelled hand, Mariah dialed it back a notch. Her iconic chaise-lounge appeared and she rested her diamante-covered heels while belting out a spine-tingling rendition of enduring fan favorite "My All." Of course, it eventually morphed into a terrible dance remix, but that beautiful ballad was an absolute highlight. If you needed proof that Mariah meant business last night, you got it when she emerged from a costume change - another plunging ensemble that displayed the timeless diva's ample assets - to sing 1991 classic "Emotions." That particular number was missing from the Gold Coast set list, which is a shame, because hearing it live is a thing of great beauty. Mimi hit all the high notes and even unleashed her trademark dog whistle. There might be some local pooches with minor hearing loss this today, but fans couldn't get enough of the superstar's vocal gymnastics.

Next stop on the nostalgic trip down memory lane was "Always Be My Baby," followed by Carey's 1992 MTV Unplugged cover of The Jackson 5's "I'll Be There." It was only appropriate that Mariah invited Trey Lorenz (her original duet partner) to join her. Last night's rendition was every bit as good as their '92 version. After bringing the crowd to their feet with an incredible note, the beaming pop goddess departed for another costume change while Trey entertained the braying Lambs with a cover of Michael Jackson's "Rock With You." He then introduced the band and dancers. While Mariah is a delightful performer, this was the only part of the evening that dragged and felt poorly managed. By the time MC came back, 15 minutes had elapsed - a substantial amount in a 90-minute concert.

At least she returned with a bang. "Obsessed" sounded brilliant live and, visually, Mariah camped it up with sexy poses and hair flicks. She was clearly in fine spirits when she tottered to the front of the stage in skyscraper heels to belt out a medley of vintage hits - "Can't Let Go" and "Love Takes Time" (both absent from the Gold Coast show) - before breaking into "Don't Forget About Us." She even thanked the crowd for making the song a #1 hit in Australia seven years ago, despite the fact that, um, it only reached #12. Another surprise addition to the set list was "It's Like That," her lead Emancipation Of Mimi lead single.

Finally it was time for The Butler actress to have a good chat with the crowd. Mariah brought out an adorable 6-year-old from Melbourne, also called Mariah. She praised the girl's "ensemble" and gave her a Santa's hat with the word LAMB written on it. Mimi then retreated to her trusty chaise-lounge to belt out Butterfly ballad "Close My Eyes," complete with a video collage of childhood photos. It was a beautiful moment that reminded fans how strong the diva's back catalog is. She can sing a 15-year-old album track and still leave the crowd spellbound.

As the show slowly reached its upbeat conclusion, Mariah minced on stage with a jar of Vegemite (Australia's favorite sandwich spread). Let's just say it's an acquired taste, and I'm not entirely sure if the regular Jermaine Dupri collaborator was joking when she quipped: "If someone doesn't bring me a glass of champagne [to wash away the taste] in 1.5 seconds, you're all fired!"

After surviving a brush with the local cuisine, Mimi soldiered on with a soaring rendition of "Hero," belting out her signature tune with confidence and making it a magical moment for the crowd. Fans were still coming to terms with it when MC dashed off-stage and returned for the encore with a glass of bubbles. She closed the set with "We Belong Together," showing off her full range and technical skill.

After the show, I ducked backstage and waited for Mariah to return to her dressing room. A couple of minutes later she trotted past with a gaggle of security guards and was greeted by the loud applause of crew, guests, family and media. She turned around, waved and beamed the million-dollar smile of someone who knows they just nailed it before continuing on her merry way. What a difference two nights can make.



Videos: Mariah's Concert in Melbourne, Australia
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 05-Jan-2013, 10:44AM EST

TOUCH MY BODY/EMOTIONS/ALWAYS BE MY BABY/I'LL BE THERE/HERO/WE BELONG TOGETHER (CLIPS)


FLY LIKE A BIRD

CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY (REMIX)
MY ALL
EMOTIONS
ALWAYS BE MY BABY
THANX 4 NOTHIN SNIPPET/MARIAH'S CHAT WITH AUDIENCE
I'LL BE THERE
HERO
WE BELONG TOGETHER (CLIP)
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Mariah Performs in Melbourne, Australia
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 05-Jan-2013, 9:50AM EST
Mariah performed at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday, January 5, 2013. This was the final concert of her three-show Australian tour.

SETLIST:
01. Can't Take That Away (Remix)
02. Touch My Body
03. Shake It Off
04. My All
05. Emotions
• •  Thanx 4 Nothin' (Snippet)
06. Always Be My Baby
07. I'll Be There
08. It's Like That
09. Fly Like a Bird
10. Close My Eyes
11. Hero
12. We Belong Together
Source: MCGeneration

Mariah Interviews with Barbara Walters
Posted by Angie on Saturday, 05-Jan-2013, 1:40AM EST
On Monday, January 7, Barbara Walters will give a preview on Good Morning America of her interview with Mariah that is airing in full on Nightline later in the night.

Good Morning America airs from 7:00am-9:00am PT/ET, Nightline from 11:35pm-12:00am PT/ET, both on the ABC Television Network.
Source: ABC Media Net

Billboard Update
Posted by Angie on Friday, 04-Jan-2013, 11:37PM EST
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in the January 12, 2013 issue of Billboard magazine.

"All I Want For Christmas Is You"
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs: #33 (Last week: #5)
Billboard On-Demand Songs: #46 (Last week: #21)
Billboard YouTube Songs: #16 (Last week: #11)
Billboard Japan Hot 100 Songs: #6 (Last week: #6)
Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #122 (Last week: #22)
Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #134 (Last week: #23)
Downloads this week: 39,534 (-39%)
Downloads RTD: 2,480,107

Merry Christmas
Billboard 200 Albums: #167 (Last week: #89)
Billboard Top Catalog Albums: #32 (Last week: #13)
Billboard Top Seasonal Albums: #15 (Last week: #20)
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #5 (Last week: #1)
Sales this week: 5,971 (-59%)
Sales RTD: 5,296,821

Merry Christmas II You
Billboard Top Seasonal Albums: #89 (Last week: #119)
Sales this week: 1,566 (-52%)
Sales RTD: 522,247
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal

Download Audio: Mariah Live in Sydney, Australia
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 04-Jan-2013, 4:54PM EST
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American Idol Promo Videos
Posted by Angie on Friday, 04-Jan-2013, 4:04AM EST
The "Dub Step" Promo



The "Be There" Promo



The "Feel" Promo

Source: MariahDailyJournal

HD Video: Mariah Performs in Sydney, Australia
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 04-Jan-2013, 12:01AM EST
Below, check out some amazing HD videos of Mariah performing at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia on January 3, 2013.

Also, please note that our earlier video post has been updated to include almost the full concert.


CLOSE MY EYES


I'LL BE THERE

MY ALL
EMOTIONS
ALWAYS BE MY BABY
TALKING TO AUDIENCE
TALKING ABOUT DEM BABIES
HERO
WE BELONG TOGETHER
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American Idol Premiere Screening/Q&A Event Update
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 03-Jan-2013, 10:12PM EST
For Massachusetts fans who submitted an RSVP for the American Idol premiere screening and live Q&A event on Wednesday, January 9: Please be aware that there is a location change.

The event will no longer be held in Boston at AMC Theatres. See below for details:

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2013
Doors Open: 6:00 PM
Screening Begins: 7:30 PM
Live Q&A: 8:30 PM
AMC Framingham 16
22 FLUTIE PASS
FRAMINGHAM, MA 1701

Additional confirmation details will be sent closer to event date.
Each RSVP admits two and seating is first-come, first-served. Passes do not guarantee admission, so please arrive early. Ticket holder and guest must enter together.
Non-transferable.
Photo ID required for admittance.


If you have not yet submitted an RSVP and would like to do so, there is still time: Visit idolrsvp.com for more details.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

HQ Photos: Hollywood Reporter's Idol Shoot
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 03-Jan-2013, 4:20PM EST
Below are two HQ photos from the Hollywood Reporter's photoshoot of Mariah and the American Idol judges with Ryan Seacrest.

Source: Meski

The Hollywood Reporter: Making Over Idol (Again)
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 03-Jan-2013, 2:12PM EST
Fox execs reveal details in their fight to reignite TV's most important show as the diva skirmish backstage simmers on slow boil.

"There's something a little more romantic about Mariah Carey shouting, 'You're going to Hollywood!,' than Nicki Minaj going, 'You made it to Northridge!' "

So cracks American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, yet here they are, on Dec. 12, deep in the suburban no-man's-land of the San Fernando Valley, about 20 miles from Grauman's Theatre, the Walk of Fame or any semblance of Hollywood glamour, except, of course, for the music giants taking their seats at the Valley Performing Arts Center: multiplatinum R&B hitmaker Carey, hip-hop artist Minaj and country star Keith Urban -- new additions for season 12 alongside the sole original judge, Randy Jackson, who also recently started co-managing Carey, with Irving Azoff. (Recounts Jackson: "We were talking about it one day, and she said, 'Dude, would you help me?' And I was like, 'I guess that might work.' ")

Everybody knows that television is the land of make-believe, and thus, this is what's called "Hollywood Week," Idol's coveted and simultaneously dreaded six-day boot camp where 279 hopefuls are put through the vocal ringer, then paraded in front of the panel of judges. This year's slogan: "Others dream, Idol delivers."

"For the record," pauses Lythgoe, who came to the valley this time for a day of boys' group auditions, "we have taken the contestants around Hollywood." No doubt the cameras were rolling.

Perception is tantamount in the world of Idol, which notched an impressive 10 straight seasons as America's No. 1 show -- and Fox's crowning achievement -- but has seen ratings decline by as much as 25 percent in the past two years, even with such high-profile talent as Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler occupying the judges' chairs (at the hefty reported price of $15 million and $10 million, respectively). The Idol franchise still is worth an estimated $8 billion, while the U.S. version averaged 17.2 million viewers an episode with a 30-second ad commanding north of $340,000 in 2012, second only to NBC's Sunday Night Football, yet it can't seem to shake the nagging stigma that it's on the way out or, worse yet, already irrelevant.

Not helping matters: a weak programming slate for Fox, which will use Glee in the post-Idol slot Thursday nights, and the fact that a newcomer like NBC's The Voice, which averaged 12 million viewers during its most recent season, is treading ever more closely to Idol's numbers, especially among younger viewers. (The X Factor seems, for the most part, to be a nonstarter, drawing an audience of about 8.7 million an episode.) Indeed, Idol's decline in dominance has been worldwide, as all three formats are competing against one another in dozens of territories.

To combat that has-been appearance, the Idol producers are taking their biggest gamble yet and have recruited a group of judges that feels like a powder keg. Make that one that already has exploded, when the panel's two resident divas let grace go by the wayside back in October, launching into the sort of expletive-filled verbal catfight you'd expect to see on an episode of Real Housewives, not the most popular, most wholesome show in America.

You could point to any number of factors contributing to Idol's audience erosion. There's the oversaturation of the talent-show format: NBC has The Voice and America's Got Talent; Fox is home to Idol and X Factor; even ABC tried its hand with Duets, featuring original Idol Kelly Clarkson along with John Legend, Robin Thicke and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, as did The CW with its fledgling series The Next. On top of that, there's the natural aging of its audience (the average Idol viewer is 48) and its more than occasionally hokey theme weeks (for example: the perennial "Song From the Year You Were Born" night) and sappy scripts. Producers CORE Media (formerly CKX, which bought 19 Entertainment in 2005 for $210 million) and FremantleMedia -- along with creator Simon Fuller and fellow executive producers Lythgoe and Ken Warwick -- might even agree with all of these points, so long as you don't deny that the show has produced stars.

"It's the biggest and certainly the most meaningful of the shows," defends Mike Darnell, Fox's president of alternative programming and the executive who gave the first greenlight to American Idol, then an offshoot of the Fuller-created British Pop Idol, in 2002. "It's the one that started it all. It has an elegance and simplicity to it. But ultimately, the fact that people can still become stars proves that Idol is head and shoulders above the others. This show has engagement, and it's engagement that creates stars.

Indeed, in spite of several high-profile underperformers (among the more memorable blunders: season one's Justin Guarini and season nine's Lee DeWyze), Idol's track record is on par with that of a well-resourced major label. About one out of every 10 acts signed becomes a hit (to compare, neither The Voice nor X Factor has seen a single contestant's song enter the top 20 of Billboard's Hot 100, and its winners, which include Javier Colon and Jermaine Paul, have all but disappeared from the field; ditto for X Factor, which has seen only one album, an EP by third-placer Chris Rene, released by a finalist). To date, Idol alums have amassed 371 No. 1s on the Billboard charts. Idol's biggest successes: season-one victor Clarkson and season four's Carrie Underwood, who have combined sales of 22 million albums. Even some of the nonwinners have thrived: the oft-cited Jennifer Hudson, who came in seventh on season three but won an Oscar for Dreamgirls in 2007, Chris Daughtry, who has notched sales of 7 million albums, and season-five runner-up Katharine McPhee, who stars on NBC's Smash.

Idol's latest rags-to-riches fairy tale? Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips, whose single "Home," used as the U.S. women's gymnastics team's unofficial theme song during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, is now No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with sales of more than 2.8 million tracks, according to his label, Interscope. His debut album, The World From the Side of the Moon, released in November, has sold 377,073 copies.

Following a platinum-certified debut by season 10 winner and country crooner Scotty McCreery, Phillips' success is the product of a realignment on the music side that clearly is working, with Interscope Geffen A&M chairman and in-house mentor Jimmy Iovine providing the artist development as the series progresses. With Universal Music handling distribution and marketing, the show, more than ever, offers a legitimate launchpad to insta-success. "Idol changed drastically when Jimmy came on," says the show's longtime arranger and associate musical director Michael Orland. "In the old days, it was like musical jump rope where the contestants would do a different style every week. Inevitably, everybody had at least one horrible performance. Jimmy said, 'Let's get these people to sing who they are.' "

For years, the Idol brain trust of Darnell, Lythgoe, Warwick, Fuller and Fremantle's Cecile Frot-Coutaz (since promoted from running North American operations to CEO of Fremantle worldwide and succeeded in the U.S. by Trish Kinane, who readily admits, "There are a lot of voices in this show, but it works") had insisted that the show's real draw were the contestants, not the judges, who have minimal contact with the finalists and aren't given a vote past the audition rounds. Says Darnell: "If we have a bad year in talent, no matter how good the judges are, it won't work. So ultimately, the audience is coming and staying for the contestants."

But it seems that as the seasons have passed, so has the reliance on talent alone as a draw. At its launch, the show featured unknown judges save for a then career-stagnant Paula Abdul. Today, the focus is squarely on the high-powered panelists (season two's Clay Aiken recently said so, telling Billboard, "I don't even know if they remember there are contestants anymore"), who aren't critiquing scores of would-be pop stars solely out of the goodness of their hearts but looking to further their brands and promote their own projects in tandem. (Even Iovine jumped on the bandwagon with his high-end audio line Beats By Dr. Dre, whose headphones and speakers are featured prominently on the show.)

And the panel is being paid handsomely for it, with Carey, 43, earning a salary of $18 million, according to sources, Minaj pocketing $12 million, and less for Urban and Jackson. Somewhat shockingly, Darnell insists that despite the divas' extra handlers, glam-squad members and security detail, the show's production costs, which THR has estimated run in the vicinity of $2 million an episode, have not increased. Still, the hefty sums (which include host Ryan Seacrest's $15 million-a-year deal) don't always pay off. For every Christina Aguilera -- a bargain at $12 million a year for The Voice -- you have a one-term fail like Idol's Ellen DeGeneres, or a Lopez or X Factor's Britney Spears, the latter two who commanded $15 million but ultimately added little flavor or value to an already-stagnant TV formula. (Although it should be noted that Lopez helped stabilize ratings at first with an initial uptick: The show averaged 24.2 million viewers in January 2011, her first season as judge; compared with season nine's average -- 22.9 million -- season 10's numbers were flat.) In the case of pop star Spears, people didn't even tune in to watch the muted train wreck.

On the other hand, the exposure can do wonders for a career that's waning or an artist coming off of a long leave. Says Carey, who's finishing her 11th album with plans to launch it during Idol: "This show is such a massive, popular entity, it does help people promote their music, and at the end of the day, that's the most important thing... But this is a big departure for me because, for the most part, either I had nothing or I was my own boss."

All three newcomers say they had to be "convinced" to join Idol. New Zealand-born Urban, 45, a handsome, one-season judge on Australia's The Voice who's married to Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman, had a been-there-done-that attitude toward the TV-judging shtick. But in the end, he decided he had wisdom left to share. "I like helping artists get rid of the cheesy crap around them that they haven't yet figured out they don't need," he says. "I wish I had more of that. I had to learn a lot of it myself."

Minaj also consulted those close to her. "I had a lot of talks with people -- my family, my best friends, my label, Lil Wayne, management and then the producers," she says. In the end, it was Darnell who helped sway her. Adds the 30-year-old: "He was so lovable and made me feel so comfortable and confident. He kept saying, 'I promise we're going to protect you; you're going to love it, we're a big family.' "

Among Minaj's concerns: her cred in the rap world, for one. As an artist signed to Cash Money Records -- home to her mentor Lil Wayne, Drake, Jay Sean and DJ Khaled and a label that has sold more than 78 million albums since its founding in 1991 -- she points to "a judgmental culture in hip-hop," where "sometimes you are afraid of being too famous because it's almost, like, is that even cool? Being that accessible, someone you see on TV every week? I never pictured myself as that type of person. I'm still surprised that I decided to do it."

Probably not as surprised as Idol's incoming diva Carey was to hear of Minaj's hiring in September. According to multiple sources, the singer -- who has sold 200 million albums worldwide since her 1990 debut and is mom to 20-month-old twins Monroe and Moroccan (they've yet to visit the Idol set because "they're a little big now; they run around, and it can be dangerous," she says) -- was promised top billing as Idol's queen bee, with a J.Lo-style focus on her pedigree as a vocalist, songwriter and producer. And deservedly so: Carey's songs are among the most-performed by Idol contestants, the vast majority of whom fall far short of her five-octave range.

If there was to be a fourth judge hired, an insider tells THR, Carey was "pretty much assured" it would not be another female. Enter Minaj, part Harajuku riot girl, part cartoon caricature, all curves and sizzle and a hitmaker in her own right who boasts endorsements by Pepsi, M.A.C Cosmetics and Adidas.

And, as Carey saw for herself firsthand during the North Carolina auditions in October, Minaj also has a bit of a temper. In a grainy cell phone video, beamed around the world by TMZ and countless online outlets, the two judges are shown getting into a heated exchange, during which Minaj seemingly calls Carey "your royal f--ing highness" while Carey complains of being subjected to the tantrum of "a 3-year-old." Those were the milder epithets. According to Carey, speaking with Barbara Walters on The View the morning after the footage leaked, there might have been a threat -- possibly verbal, definitely perceived.

Looking back on the incident, which began as an impassioned disagreement over an audition, is not exactly a point of pride for any of the involved parties. When asked about the exchange, Carey says she has "yet to figure out" why the situation escalated as it did. "Sometimes things get heated for their own reasons," she evades, adding, "I don't think the panel has an issue." Minaj flat-out refuses to discuss it. (Worth noting: She also had a war of words with Tyler after he remarked that, as an Idol judge, Minaj "would have sent [Bob Dylan] to a cornfield"; the rapper interpreted the comment as racist and went on the offensive on Twitter, writing, "Why? black? rapper? what? go f-- yourself and worry about yourself babe. ... Lets [sic] make [Steven] a shirt that says 'No Coloreds Allowed' then escort him down 2 Barbara Walters so he can tell [her] how he was threatened w/guns.")

Warwick says he was "quite surprised" at the Minaj-Carey altercation "and how it took off the way it did." The TV veteran, a friend of Lythgoe's going back to their childhood in Liverpool during the 1960s, found the tussle "unnerving," telling THR: "I'm a family man with three kids. If they acted like that, it would be, 'Upstairs to bed!' Personally, I'm not over the moon that it happened. But if you asked me, as a professional, is it good for the show? The answer would probably be yes."

It's precisely that school of thought that prompts Idol fans, pundits and casual viewers alike to wonder whether the production itself is responsible for leaking the fight. To that, Lythgoe, who is seen in the one-minute clip trying to defuse the situation, has a laugh. "I don't think I would've done it so far away from the beginning of the season," he says. "Plus, it was about the judges and not the contestants, and I'm totally against that. So, no."

For good measure, Lythgoe assures that, unlike Australia's broadcast of American Idol, which is playing up the "War of the Divas" storyline (see sidebar) in a promo, he has no plans to use the footage in advance of or during the season.

Further, since everyone who works on Idol has to sign a confidentiality agreement that states in plain language that any video or audio of the show is proprietary material, an internal investigation was launched and, while the culprit never was identified, the producers came to the conclusion that it was shot from a monitor most likely by a local day hire in Charlotte, N.C. It's a problem that persists even at Hollywood Week, where a production assistant abruptly was fired and tossed from the premises Dec. 15 for snapping a photo from the side of the stage.

Darnell downplays the media ruckus. "People were talking about the way Simon Cowell and Paula feuded for years," he says. "Let's be honest, big shows get people talking, so any little thing that happens becomes controversial." Asked whether he would want Cowell back on the Idol panel, Darnell hesitates before answering: "I love Simon. I think he is an incredible judge, and that's an interesting question, but I like where he's at on X Factor."

But fight or no fight, the point persists: Idol is a family show with a strong Southern voting block that is notoriously conservative; will its audience embrace an envelope-pushing rapper with a larger-than-life persona? Even Minaj herself admits that when prodded, "I am scary and intimidating. I definitely demand respect. I'm also a sweet person. I'm a loving person. But I don't want to be f--ed with."

To that end, one needn't think back all that far -- to the 2012 Grammys, for instance, when Minaj presented an exorcism-themed performance of her song "Roman Holiday" after walking the red carpet wearing a fire-red cloak and accompanied by a pope lookalike, or to any of her videos -- to wonder: Would Minaj have to tone down her outre look to fit the Idol mold? "I could think of at least one other person that shows more cleavage and skin than me," jabs Minaj, clearly insulted by the insinuation and rolling her inchlong false lashes in the direction of the dressing room two doors down: Carey's.

"The perception of Nicki is unfair, really," defends Warwick. "Everyone thought she was just a daft, half-educated rapper. But she has got a heart, and it's starting to show, along with her intelligence, which threw some of us as well. And her eloquence and her grasp of what's going on. I think she'll surprise a lot of people." (But it must be said that, according to Idol staffers, Minaj has been late to the set every day.)

On the days this reporter visited Idol's "Hollywood" set, everyone was -- no surprise -- on their best behavior and looked to be getting along famously. Minaj, seated on the far left (in a new twist, the judges change position daily so that the panel "doesn't become staid," explains Darnell) and wearing an unexpected pair of bright red fuzzy slippers with pom-poms along with her form-fitting outfit that seemed to match her own description of herself as sweet, caring, nurturing, smart and sassy, surveyed the final picks -- one a Muslim contestant who could easily double for a post-conversion Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam and has been nicknamed (or "Nicki-named") "The Turbanator" (she refers to her favorites as "my darling"). In the final leg of a long journey that saw 100 contestants cut down to 40, she delivered a speech that was downright inspired.

As Warwick recalls: "Nicki said, 'You've seen the heartbreak of the kids who have been turned away today. I've put it into perspective how much this meant to them. You are the lucky ones. You are the ones who are here. Don't throw it away. Don't treat it like it's not important. This is a rocket ship to stardom if you can ride the rocket.' She put it better than any script could have been written." (Asked whether he's seen Minaj and Carey interact at all, Warwick answers, "Not a great deal, no.")

For her part, Carey, alongside Jackson, seems to be relishing the role of seasoned industry player, while Urban is described by the producers as the voice of "sanity" on the panel. Indeed, his take on why it's worth the judges' time to lead these wide-eyed hopefuls into the murky waters of the music business when albums no longer sell like they used to and, thanks to rampant piracy, singles and streams have yet to make up the difference, is as pragmatic as it comes. "The business is changing right now," says Urban. "And the beauty of it is that the power is going back to the artist -- they have far more creative control, more ability to get their art out and find their audience on their terms."

(Ever the dogged optimist, Jackson, 56, name-checks the year's top sellers: "Mumford & Sons is making noise selling 600,000 records the first week, Taylor Swift did 1.2 million, Adele is going on 25 million worldwide and eight Grammys. Success still happens.")

Adds Urban: "Plus, the likelihood of actually making money, strangely enough, is greater today than back when artists got enslaved into record company deals. But ultimately, it shouldn't be about fame or money. It should be your calling. This is what you do. You don't have a choice."

Lofty words to live by, but you could say the same of American Idol, which remains the network's shining jewel by sheer power of its numbers. There's not a question of whether the show should continue, it simply does. The goal at this juncture -- after 11 years, some 150 finalists, 10 judges and hundreds of thousands of auditions, not to mention those other shows nipping at Idol's heel (both Lythgoe and Warwick insist they never watch their rivals, even for homework's sake) -- is very much the same as it was back in 2002: to up the game.

"Competition does make you pay attention more," says Seacrest. "Whether it be these performers who are competing against each other, or us looking within our genre of television, it does make you get better. You're forced to improve."

Adds Jackson: "I believe in the process. I think there's at least three or four of these kids that have huge careers ahead of them who will go on until they decide to stop. I think we're the only show of its kind that can say that."

Videos: Mariah's Concert in Sydney, Australia
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 03-Jan-2013, 1:09PM EST
Source: YouTube users: Troiboi79 | aaronlangton | 1985smashley | funkthat123 | Thenightstar1979

Live Updates: Mariah Live in Sydney
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 03-Jan-2013, 4:00AM EST
Mariah is performing the second of three Australian concerts, at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia.

SETLIST:
Can't Take That Away (Triumphant Revival Radio Edit)
Touch My Body
Shake It Off
My All
Emotions
Always Be My Baby
I'll Be There
Rock With You
Lets Go Crazy
Obsessed
Can't Let Go/Love Takes Time Medley
Don't Forget About Us
It's Like That
Close My Eyes
Hero
We Belong Together

TIDBITS:
• Opening act Andrew De Silva talked about Mariah being not just a singer but a songwriter.

• Live updates are scarce as the fans are really enjoying the show! Sold out crowd of 22,000 and it's said that Mariah's voice is in top shape!

• It is reported that young Mariah Cini (see her story here) has been brought up on stage and Mariah has dedicated "Close My Eyes" to her!

PHOTOS:


Source: Nathan | Andrew Hornery | John Denison | Nova969 | Jevi | Thomas Camporeale | Sharon R

Fan Photos: Mariah Performs on the Gold Coast
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 02-Jan-2013, 11:24PM EST
Below, see photos taken by fans of Mariah performing at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on January 1, 2013. Many thanks to Suraj, Pauly and Damien!

























Source: Suraj | Pauly | Damien

Photos: Mariah Arrives in Sydney
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 02-Jan-2013, 10:41PM EST
Mariah, Nick and the twins arrive via private jet to Sydney, Australia on January 2, 2013.


Source: Gossip Center

New Album Update from Bryan Michael-Cox
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 02-Jan-2013, 4:15PM EST
In addition to being a part of the new season of American Idol as a judge, Mariah Carey has been in the studio working on her thirteenth album which will serve as the follow up to Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel which came out in 2009. There has not been a lot of news about the sound or direction of the album, but it appears there will be some familiar faces on there.

In an interview with producer Bryan-Michael Cox, who co-produced her lead single "Triumphant (Get 'Em)," YouKnowIGotSoul exclusively learned some details on the project.

"We did like ten songs. I don't know how many songs are going to stick, but Mariah is like our sister. We love her and she calls. She always calls and a lot of artists don't call. Mariah is one that consistently is like "If we've worked before, we can work again." I love Mariah for that because she's a true friend. We did a bunch of songs and I think four or five may stick. We're excited about it."

Hitmakers Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox, of course, have played a big role in Mariah Carey's recent comeback producing hits such as "We Belong Together," "Shake It Off" and "Don't Forget About Us." Although details about the album and its release date are unclear at this point, it is safe to assume that a new single should be on the way as the new season of American Idol is set to air January 16th.
Source: YouKnowIGotSoul | Brian

Video: Mariah Talks to Fans; Dem Babies on Stage
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 02-Jan-2013, 9:21AM EST
Below, check out video footage of Mariah with twins Moroccan & Monroe on stage at the Gold Coast on January 1, 2013, as well as footage of her saying hello to fans after the show. Thanks to Moman for sharing the footage with us.


MARIAH ON STAGE WITH THE TWINS


MARIAH GREETS FANS
Source: Moman

Videos: Mariah's Gold Coast Concert
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 01-Jan-2013, 3:26PM EST
"Can't Take That Away (Revival Triumphant Club Mix)"



"I'll Be There"


Check out more clips below:

My All
Always Be My Baby
Don't Forget About Us
Improv
Hero
All I Want For Christmas Is You/Auld Lang Syne
Source: Kyle Robertson | Marlo Perry | YouTube user mariahsmic | YouTube user tania5125

More Photos: Mariah on the Gold Coast
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 01-Jan-2013, 2:53PM EST
Below, check out HQ photos of Mariah's concert at Jupiter's Hotel & Casino on January 1, 2013. These photos were taken by Daniel from the front row!


Source: Daniel

Photos: Mariah Performs on the Gold Coast
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 01-Jan-2013, 8:35AM EST
Check out two HQ photso of Mariah performing at the Jupiters Hotel & Casino on the Gold Coast on January 1, 2013. These photos were posted by Mariah's official Facebook/Twitter pages.

Source: Mariah via Facebook/Twitter

Live Updates: Mariah Live on the Gold Coast
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 01-Jan-2013, 5:00AM EST
The moment Australian fans have been waiting 15 years for is here! It is time for Mariah's concert at the Jupiters Hotel & Casino on the Gold Coast. Many thanks to Chris for sending us photos throughout the show!

SETLIST:
01. Can't Take That Away - Dance Mix
02. Touch My Body
03. Shake It Off
04. My All
05. Always Be My Baby
06. I'll Be There
--. Trey Lorenz: Rock With You
07. Obsessed
08. Don't Forget About Us
09. Close My Eyes
10. Hero
11. We Belong Together
Encore:
12. All I Want For Christmas Is You (Snippet)
13. Auld Lang Syne

TIDBITS:
• 08:08pm- Anthony Callea is currently on stage performing his opening act. He is talking about how amazing Mariah is.
• 08:57pm- Nick is playing a tribute to Whitney Houston.
• 09:00pm - Nick is playing a series of songs by Michael Jackson, including "Rock With You."
• 09:10pm- Nick is playing Boyz II Men.
• 09:43pm- Nick's set finished with "Loverboy." The crowd is chanting for Mariah!
• 09:48pm- Randy Jackson is warming up the crowd by walking around the centre.
• 09:51pm- Mariah is out on stage!! Opens with "Can't Take That Away" dance mix.
• 10:11pm- After "My All," there is a break in the show. It has been announced that special guests will be coming.
• 10:13pm- The special guests are Roc & Roe! Monroe says hello to the audience.
• 10:16pm- Mariah sings "Always Be My Baby" dedicated to Roc & Roe.
• 10:20pm- Trey is on stage. Next song: "I'll Be There." Mariah exits the stage while Trey sings "Rock With You."
• 10:38pm- Mariah back out for "Obsessed."
• 10:57pm- Mariah sits down to sing "Close My Eyes."
• 11:05pm- Mariah sings "Hero."
• 11:14pm- Mariah exits the stage after "We Belong Together," telling the audience "I enjoyed ya! Thank you so much!"
• 11:15pm- Mariah is back on stage to sing "All I Want For Christmas Is You." She closes the show with "Auld Lang Syne."
• 11:23pm- The house lights are up and the show is over.


PHOTOS:


Source: Chris | Pauly | Michael | Kyle | Lauren

Final Rehearsals Underway For Mariah's New Year's Show
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 01-Jan-2013, 1:56AM EST
With most of the world having rung in 2013, Mariah's New Year's Day show at Jupiters Hotel & Casino on the Gold Coast, Australia is just a matter of hours away! Just moments ago, Brian Hodge, Entertainment Services Manager at Jupiters, tweeted: At rehearsals for tonight's Mariah Carey show on the Gold Coast! Going to be phenomenal :)

The anticipation and excitement is building, and "this stuff is starting now!" For any fans who are attending tonight's show, please share your reviews, photos, and videos with the fans worldwide by sending them in to us!
Source: Brian Hodge via Twitter


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January 2013

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January 2013

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UPCOMING EVENTS »

May 27, 2014
New Album Release: Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse
ON THE TUBE »

May 28, 2014
The World Music Awards
NBC - 8pm ET

May 31, 2014
Me. I Am Mariah.
NBC Special with Matt Lauer
NBC - 8pm ET


 
 


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