The X Factor judge Simon Cowell claims it was his idea for Mariah Carey to hook up with American Idol, the show he helped make famous. In fact, according to Simon, Mariah first approached him about an interest in joining X Factor, but he didn’t think her personality matched up with the show.

“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 told In Touch Weekly. “Mainly because Idol is a more gentle show and Mariah is not someone who wants to say ‘no’ to people. I think she'll have an easier time on American Idol than this show, definitely.”

According to Simon, the only two people who he “seriously” approached for X Factor’s new judging line-up were Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.

Simon may have vacated the Idol premises for X Factor, but he’s clearly staying in the loop. He even weighed in on the decision to re-hire Randy for a judging spot on Season 12 this week, tweeting, “Just heard randy is back on idol. Right decision.”

Source: In Touch Weekly

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