As rumors continue to swirl over whether or not Grammy-winning superstar Mariah Carey will really perform on “The X Factor” U.S. this year (the last episode of the show’s first season is on December 22), Carey has expressed support for two of the standout “X Factor” acts in 2011: female quartet Little Mix (winner of “The X Factor” U.K. in 2011) and 19-year-old Melanie Amaro, who is considered one of the frontrunner finalists of “The X Factor” U.S.
(Gossip website Perez Hilton reported that Carey would be one of the performers on “The X Factor” U.K. in the show’s Season 8 finale on December 11. Although Carey was in London that weekend, she did not perform on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2011.)
Carey commented on Little Mix in an interview with “The X Factor” U.K.’s website. Here is an excerpt from the interview:
As one of the most successful artists of all time, what advice do you have for Little Mix?
My best advice for them is to know who they really are as artists and embrace it, write their own songs, tour, and always stay in touch with their fans.
Did you enjoy appearing on The X Factor back in 2009?
I loved being on The X Factor UK! The crowd was very energetic but I just hoped Simon wouldn’t try and judge me, ha ha!
You’re also friends with Simon Cowell – what’s he like?
In real life, Simon’s a lot of fun to hang out with! I think he is a great person and a genius when it comes to recognising talent. I think he’s actually different than his TV personality – he’s not as mean as they think he is! He’s very thoughtful and cares a lot about his artists.
What’s the secret to your phenomenal success?
I am so grateful for all the success I have but honestly, success to me is more than just numbers. I’m just happy to be able to do what I love for living as a songwriter as well as a singer and to be able to inspire people. I think the secret is staying true to yourself as an artist and never letting go of your inner child.
Meanwhile, Carey and Amaro have sent messages to each other on Twitter.
On December 8, 2011, Amaro tweeted to Carey:
“Well long story short, I would like to just say I absolutely love you and your music has helped me through a lot of hard times. Thank you so much for being the music angel you are and blessing this earth with your angelic voice. You truly are one of the reasons I sing. YOU are one of my biggest inspirations thank you from my heart. Hope to hear back. I absolutely love your song All I Want For Christmas is You :-) beautiful vocals.”
On December 10, 2011, Carey tweeted to Amaro:
“Dear Melanie, you should be very proud of yourself and the beautiful gift you’ve been given.”
Carey and Amaro would have met in person by now if Carey had made her scheduled appearance as a guest mentor assisting “The X Factor” U.S. executive producer/judge Simon Cowell in the “judges’ homes” phase of the competition to decide which singers in his mentor group (female solo singers under age 30) would advance to the viewer-voting phase of the competition.
Unfortunately, Carey had to cancel her “X Factor” guest mentor appearance because Hurricane Irene derailed her travel plans. In the “judge’s homes” phase of the competition, Cowell initially eliminated Amaro, but then he changed his mind and brought her back into the competition and decided to make her one of the three remaining finalists in his mentor category. (The other two finalists in the category were 14-year-old Drew and 13-year-old Rachel Crow, who have since been eliminated.) Many people are predicting that Amaro will be the first winner of “The X Factor” U.S.
In 2011, Carey had been in talks to be a judge on “The X Factor” U.S., but those discussions fell apart since she was due to give birth around the same time that the “X Factor” U.S. judges were required to attend auditions for the show. Carey and her husband, Nick Cannon, became parents to twins Monroe (a girl) and Moroccan (a boy) on April 30, 2011: the couple’s third wedding anniversary.
Cowell has said in many interviews that he would like for Carey to be on “The X Factor” whenever she wants it to happen.
Showbiz 411 reported that Carey and Justin Bieber will perform their duet remake of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” on “The X Factor” U.S. episode that Fox will televise on December 15, but an official announcement has not been made yet about who will be the guest performers on the episode.
In other news about Carey, BET announced that she will be the honored in the entertainer category at the 2012 BET Honors, which will be hosted by Gabrielle Union and take place in Washington, D.C. in the first quarter of 2012 on a date to be announced. The show’s television premiere date is also to be announced. The 2012 BET Honors will also celebrate the achievements of Stevie Wonder (musical arts), Maya Angelou (literary arts), filmmaker Spike Lee (media), the Tuskegee Airmen (service) and coach/mentor Beverly Kearney (education).