It's Official: Mariah Carey Will Judge "American Idol" Next Season
The rumors were TRUE . . . and now it's official: MARIAH CAREY will judge "American Idol" next season. Fox confirmed that it's a done deal yesterday.
--Mariah also released this statement: Quote, "I'm so excited to be joining 'Idol' . . . I can't wait to get started in a couple months. It's going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back."
--Initial reports said it's a one-year deal worth $12 MILLION . . . the same amount JENNIFER LOPEZ got for her first season. But sources tell TMZ she's getting $18 MILLION, which trumps the $15 million BRITNEY SPEARS got to do "X Factor".
--It's too early to say if Mariah is open to sticking around beyond one season . . . but "Idol" doesn't seem concerned with that. Producer NIGEL LYTHGOE says, quote, "I would like to see the judges change every year."
--Since the show is entering its 12th season, the revolving judges would allow for it to keep from getting stale . . . and for them to get bigger, more active celebrity judges who can't afford to step away from their careers for more than a year.
--Fox noted that RANDY JACKSON was "instrumental" in bringing Mariah to "Idol", which makes sense since he's her manager. This could mean that Randy will return as a judge . . . and not be switching to a "mentoring" role.
--For what it's worth, so-called "sources on the show" say Mariah was a, quote, "nightmare to work with" when she was a guest mentor back in Season Seven.
Jennifer Lopez Has Some Advice for Mariah Carey
JENNIFER LOPEZ has some advice for MARIAH CAREY . . . who's basically taking over her seat on "American Idol".
-- J-Lo says, quote, "Just enjoy the journey. There is pressure as far as the live shows go, but you know what? Just remember you're there at the end of the day to help those contestants grow and to get to the end and to get to that finale.
--"And whenever I thought about that it always made my job a little less pressure-filled and a little easier, because it's not about you. It wasn't about me, it was about them.
--"It was about helping them and that always made it a lot of fun for me. I'm going to miss it a lot."
--Technically, this advice was for ANY new judge. She said this over the weekend, before the news was official. However, she did comment on the rumor, and said she thought Mariah would be a good judge.
There Was Some Kind of Disturbance at the Jackson Family Home in California
The Jackson family drama continues. And things are getting weird. Yesterday, there was some kind of disturbance at the family home in Calabasas, California . . . and police were called.
--RadarOnline.com says that JERMAINE, RANDY and JANET JACKSON showed up and tried to take MICHAEL'S kids, Paris, Prince and Blanket.
--A source says, quote, "It was just total chaos . . . Randy was telling Prince Michael he had to leave with them and that he had a private jet chartered to take them all to Arizona to see Katherine.
--"Prince firmly held his ground and told Randy he wasn't going anywhere with them. The security detail prevented the three of them from taking the kids out of state. The cops had to be called.
--"Paris was absolutely hysterical and kept telling her uncles to just bring her grandmother home."
--The source claims this was going to be a PUBLICITY STUNT so Michael's siblings could get some pictures into the tabloids of the kids with their grandmother KATHERINE . . . whom they reportedly STILL haven't heard from.
--The source adds, quote, "Now that Paris and Prince are old enough, they understand why Michael didn't have much of a relationship with anyone in the family except for Katherine."
--Last night Paris Tweeted, quote, "8 days and counting . something is really off , this isn't like her at all .. i wanna talk directly to my grandmother!!"
--Now . . . X-17 Online spoke to a source who's blaming all of this on Katherine's nephew Trent. He's the guy who filed the missing persons report on Katherine Saturday night.
--This source claims that he refused to let Michael's siblings into the house . . . and seems to be manipulating the kids. He's also allegedly part of an ongoing investigation into ELDER ABUSE against Katherine.
--And he's convincing Paris to post Tweets against her aunts and uncles.
--HOWEVER . . . Trent was hired by Michael several years ago to take care of Katherine. And there are sources that say he's very loyal to her and he's doing everything he can to protect Michael's kids from their greedy aunts and uncles.
Robert Downey Jr. and Will Smith Top a List of the 100 Most Valuable Stars
ROBERT DOWNEY JR. and WILL SMITH top a list of the 100 Most Valuable Stars compiled by a website called Vulture.com.
--The site actually came up with a complicated formula that took into account factors like box office grosses, magazine covers, likeability, Oscars, critical reactions and "studio value", which was determined by polling top-level studio execs.
--Here's the Top 10:
#1.) Robert Downey Jr.
#2.) Will Smith
#3.) Johnny Depp
#4.) Denzel Washington
#5.) Brad Pitt
#6.) Matt Damon
#7.) Clint Eastwood
#8.) Angelina Jolie
#9.) Meryl Streep
#10.) George Clooney
Is There a Carly Rae Jepsen Sex Tape?
A supposed SEX TAPE featuring "Call Me Maybe" singer CARLY RAE JEPSEN hit the World Wide Web of Celebrity Porno yesterday.
--Carly is denying the tape is legit though. Yesterday she Tweeted, quote, "Crazy morning. Discovered that someone put up a sex tape claiming to be me. Ridiculous. Obviously not me."
The Minions from "Despicable Me" are Getting a Spin-Off Movie
The "Minions" from the movie "Despicable Me" are getting their own spin-off movie. A 2014 release is planned.
--The Minions are those little yellow pill-shaped creatures who work for Gru, the supervillain voiced by STEVE CARELL.
(--"Despicable Me 2" is coming out NEXT summer.)