Back in April, “X Factor” creator/judge Simon Cowell said that Carey would be “involved in some form” with the talent competition, which premieres Sept. 21 on FOX. He said at the time that Carey had an idea to “judge the judges,” whatever that means.
Just what Carey will do on the show is still up in the air, but it sounds like her presence is a little more of a sure thing now. “Mariah and Simon are great friends, and now [that] she has had her babies, it’s very possible that she will be involved [in] some way in the later stages of the show,” an “X Factor” source tells EW. “She has always said she wanted to work with the show.”
EW also says that Carey may serve as a mentor to the contestants. If that turns out to be the case, we’ll be curious to see how that works. “The X Factor’s” format typically has each judge coaching a group of contestants.
Would Carey rotate between the groups of singers? Would she, in fact, judge the judges? Pending an official word from FOX in the coming weeks, we’ll see where she fits in come September.