Photo: Mariah vs JLo: Will 'American Idol' Really Have Both Divas? And Who Will Make More?
Rumors had been building over the last couple of weeks that Mariah Carey was in talks to replace Jennifer Lopez as a judge on American Idol, as Lopez was reportedly leaving to pursue other career prospects.
However, just as it was announced 42-year-old Carey would be joining Randy Jackson behind the judges table for season 12 of the singing competition show, rumor has it Lopez may not leave after all. On the other hand, it has been stated that Lopez is simply not leaving because of money, but still plans to exit.
If rumors of her reconsidering her departure are true, there are a few questions to ponder. Though Steven Tyler is still leaving, and there are enough spots for both Carey and Lopez, is there enough spotlight for that much diva? And if she stays who will make more?
Let’s take a look at what each of the ladies brings to the table.
Years active: 1988 - now
Signature: 5-octave range (ability to hit “whistle register”)
Children: 2 - twins Monroe and Moroccan Scott born in April 2011
Number of husbands: 2 (Tommy Mottola, Nick Cannon)
Current relationship status: Married Nick Cannon, now 31, in April 2008
Number of albums: 13 (14th slated for later this year)
Number of films: 8
Approx. net worth: $500 million
Ethnicity: Venezuelan-African American (father) and Irish American (mother)
Current project: preparing for release of first single - “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” - ahead of August 2012 release of 14th studio album
American Idol paycheck: between $15 and 18 million
a) Honored as world’s best-selling female artist of the 1990s at World Music Awards
b) Named best-selling female artist of the millennium
c) Her 1995 song “One Sweet Day” with Boys II Men remains the longest-running number one song in U.S. chart history
Years active: 1986 - now
Signature: rear end
Children: 2 - twins Max and Emme, born Februay 22, 2008
Number of husbands: 3 (Ojani Noa, Cris Judd, Marc Anthony)
Current relationship status: dating dancer/choreographer Casper Smart, 29
Number of albums: 7
Number of films: 11
Approx. net worth: $250 million
Ethnicity: Puerto Rican
Current project: co-headlining concert tour with Enrique Iglesias
American Idol paycheck: $12 million for first year, $15 million for second year
a) began as “Fly Girl” dancer on In Livin’ Color
b) gained wider audience after playing slain singer Selena in movie Selena
c) topped Forbes 2012 “Celebrity 100 List” as the most powerful celebrity in the world, beating both Oprah and Lady Gaga and jumping up from number 50 the year before