Jennifer LopezÂ is leavingÂ American IdolÂ
because they told her toÂ to focus on family and film.Â E! News recently caught up with the former judge to get her thoughts onÂ Mariah CareyÂ joining American Idol.Â DoesÂ CareyÂ have what it takes?
âI think so, yeah! Why not?Â Sheâs a musician for a long time she has a lot of experience,â LopezÂ toldÂ E! News. âAnd itâs that experience you offer them at the end of the day, the contestants just want to get better and grow through the process.â
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Jennifer Lopez offers some advice to Mariah Carey.
âJust enjoy the journey,â Lopez says. âThere is pressure as far as the live shows, but you know what? Just remember youâre there at the end of the day to help those contestants grow and to get to the end and to get to that finale.Â And whenever I thought about that, it always made my job a little less pressure-filled and a little easier, because itâs not about you.â
Thatâs the key to being a great judge, advises Lopez. Â A judgeÂ cannot lose sight of the fact that the show is all about the contestants.
âIt wasnât about me, it was about them,â Lopez explains. âIt was about helping them and that always made it a lot of fun for me. Iâm going to miss it a lot.â
Ryan SeacrestÂ hasnât dished out any advice for MariahÂ Carey but he has offered to babysit. He tweeted,Â âWelcome to the famÂ @MariahCarey!!Â When u and @nickcannon need a date night, Iâm happy to strap on the double baby bjorn â
Seacrest and Carey are the only two sure things for the upcoming season of American Idol. Randy Jackson is Careyâs co-manager and played a big part is recruiting her for American Idol, but his official role for season 12 has yet to be announced. Even if Jackson continues his run as judge, thereâs still one (or two?) judging seat sitting empty.
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