I think that she has a wealth of experience, and if Jennifer Lopez can judge then so can Mariah Carey. She has been around the music business for a long time and I think she probably has a lot to bring. I don't know how her personality will translate onto the show. Will she be more like the flimsy/tepid Steven Jackson, somewhere in the middle like Kara Dioguardi, or honest and real like Simon Cowell? I hope for the latter than the former.
His experience on the show is really the only draw for me for him(a nod to a Randy Jackson line). I don't really care for some of his comments, or lack of comments. I am only glad he is around because I think an entire new panel for an older show is a bad idea. This is now the 5th reincarnation of the judges panel, he has to step it up and be the head judge like he should have been the past couple of years without Simon.
-Well we are back to the 4 judges format which I hate. I know that The Voice and X Factor and several other shows do this format, and that's exactly why I hate that American Idol has decided to as well. When Kara Dioguardi joined Randy, Paula and Simon everything always seemed so rushed and scattered, and it only got worse when Paula left and Ellen Degeneres was brought in. I would have preffered a 3 person format.
-The group is definitely eclectic. It's a mix of country, R&B, Pop and Rap, and whatever non-sense that Randy brings. I'm interested in if they will gear their likes and dislikes based on the genre of music or if they are open to anything.
Advice For The Judges
STANDING OVATIONS Enough with the standing ovations. Only get up if it really moves you. Last year they got up so much that they forgot how to sit down.
CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM Can only help. These are young adults, they don't know everything, help them, don't just tell them they are great or perfect. You don't have to be nasty, but be honest.
KEEP IT SIMPLE. Don't go on and on. Keep your remarks simple, to the point and the audience will respect you more for it. The audience can tell when you are playing a role or trying to get a laugh or a have a moment.
Well Good Luck to Mariah, Randy, Nicki and Keith. Keep checking back here for more breaking news and developing stories until we come back for a brand new season in January. See you soon.