Lots of raised eyebrows over suggestions that Mariah Carey is being pursued for The Voice….
The Age/ Sydney Morning Herald ran speculation yesterday;
The fate of the judges is uncertain. But CBD has learnt that Seven West Media chief executive James Warburton, who plans to cut the program’s costs to about $20 million, is wrapping up negotiations with Carey to appear in the series next year. If successful the signing will be a formidable statement of competitive intent against his free-to-air TV rivals.
That certainly got more tongues wagging on radio and online.
In such mega-casting calls, it it normally the network not the production company that hires the A-listers, and Carey is understood to indeed be one of a number of potential coaches who has been approached. But that doesn’t mean it will come to pass, pending such things as a) fee b) interest c) fee d) availability and d) fee.
Seven looking to cut costs could knock her out of the running, but it would also be a mighty coup for October Upfronts should it come to pass.
Meanwhile Woman’s Day has speculated Australian Idol could be making a return, possibly with Guy Sebastian as judge. I wish I had $1 for everytime Idol rumours rebound (but I’m guilty of that myself). Given Seven has obviously moved its interest from Idol (it had an option) to The Voice there is therefore a possibility of elsewhere. 10 Upfronts are also in October.