Who am I kidding, I really, REALLY didn't want her to take up that seat, but as she's confirmed it, I'll try looking at the bright side of her choice below.
There are a number of good things that could come out of her place on the panel: the biggest being the massive promotion she will receive just by sitting at that table. But more important than the promotional side- because I think her next album would have been a hit without the aid of Idol- is the chance that Mariah Carey has to rework her joke of a public image.
Currently most people see Mariah Carey as the bad definition of a Diva: someone self-obsessed, vain, demanding, and a nightmare to work with and be around. All characteristics that seem to be propagated by the tabloids- see Mariah called out for her Diva behaviour here, and then the same person having to apologise for the (inaccurate) remarks here].
Now gifted with this very public platform Mariah Carey has an incredible opportunity to change a lot of folk's opinions of her- and very hastily- by her actions on the show. But it all depends on the Mariah Carey that turns up to the studio on the day.
...in person she (Mariah) is far more considered, intelligent and warm than her image would have you believe.Source:Guardian
If Mariah manages to not be a parody of herself- truth be told, it's something she enjoys doing- and actually successfully demonstrates her musical aptitude, her incredible drive, her pretty funny humour, all while managing to offer feedback that isn't lazy and/or riddled with clichés- I'm looking at you Randy Jackson- then this may just turn out to be a smart move for the star. But can she pull all that off?
I'm just hoping Mariah Carey is getting paid BIG BUCKS for this gamble.
What do you guys think? Good move or not?
Possible Things to Consider:
Mariah Carey as a mentor on American Idol and saying "she doesn't like judging people". Bad sign?
Mariah demonstrating her great ear, pulling up an out of tune backing singer @ 2.30: