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Just How Much Power Does Mariah Carey Have On ‘American Idol’?

August 17, 2012 12:00 PM by Shayla Perry

Nick Jonas has said that it would be a “dream come true” for him to sit on the judges’ panel of FOX‘s American Idol for its 12th season. But according to sources, if he wants the job, he’s going to have to get the approval of one Mariah Carey. How much influence does Mimi have on the show?

Correct us if we’re wrong, but aren’t the judges on American Idol supposed to help find new talent? We didn’t know that they also got to decide who gets to sit on the panel.

That appears to be the case for Mariah Carey.

As the only confirmed judge appearing on Season 12 of the FOX reality competition, producers seem to be making their decisions on the remaining judges based on Carey and whether or not the person they choose will be able to mesh well with her diva strong personality.

Recently, it was reported that rapper/producer Pharrell Williams has already started telling colleagues at his record label, Star Traks Entertainment, that he’s going to be busy filming the new season of the show. Williams and Carey have been friends for years, and it’s said that she was a big reason that he agreed to take the position, though nothing’s been confirmed by the network yet.

BUT, the decision about Nick Jonas still has to be made…by Mariah!

“[Nick] hasn’t met up with Mariah yet, but if she signs off on it, he will be the next judge,” a source tells Hollywood Life. “It’s completely her decision. If they have good chemistry, and she’s for it, it will be official.”

What do you think RTVM: Should Mariah Carey have this much control over who’s going to be on the judges’ panel this season? Is it a good idea that she chooses someone with whom she feels she has good chemistry, or should she be able to get along with anyone they sit next to her? They are paying her $18 million after all!

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