Simon Cowell Hints Mariah Carey May Be Too ‘Sweet’ For Idol

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According to Simon Cowell, Mariah Carey “is going to find it difficult to say no.” “X-Factor” judges Simon, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid hit the TV Critics Association press tour and Simon was asked for his thought’s on Mariah joining ‘American Idol’.

Simon said:  “I’m happy for her. I like Mariah. I think she’s going to find it difficult to say no. You’ve got to say no to people. And she’s sweet.”

In regards to his female judge picks, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, Simon said:  “They are harder to please than me or L.A.. They are very happy, these two, in giving people a no. That’s why we hired them.”

Simon also revealed Britney has always topped his fantasy judge list: “Britney, I’m not going to lie about this, I always said the number one person I would want on one of these shows was Britney because I was fascinated with her as a person, as a pop star…She’s a really, really good judge.”

And, “Demi is a brat but there’s something really likable about her as well. I think the show, because it has such a young audience, it needed someone younger.”

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