Simon Wanted Britney Over Mariah

Simon Cowell is happy that Britney Spears, and not Mariah Carey, is the new judge on The X Factor.

Simon Cowell is happy that Britney Spears, and not Mariah Carey, is the new judge on The X Factor.

Nino Munoz/Fox (Simon); Mark Cant/Fox (Mariah)

Before Mariah Carey signed with American Idol for a reported $18 million, Simon Cowell reveals to In Touch that the superstar gave him a ring about judging The X Factor. "Mariah called me about X Factor and I met with her, but my main concern was that she might have found it harder on X Factor than on American Idol,” Simon reveals in the new issue of In Touch, on newsstands tomorrow. “Mainly because Idol is a more gentle show and Mariah is not someone who wants to say ‘no’ to people," Simon explains in an exclusive interview.

"I think she'll have an easier time on American Idol than this show, definitely."

So he'd rather have tough talking Britney Spears and Demi Lovato next to him on the judges' panel than sweet singing Mariah? "Oh yes, I am delighted," he gushes. "We literally only approached two people seriously, and that was Britney and Demi." 

 

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