Mar 20 2008

Mariah To Mentor Finalists, Perform on American Idol

< > On last nightÂ’s results show, Ryan Seacrest announced that Mariah Carey, Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond and Andrew Lloyd Webber will each serve as mentors to this seasonÂ’s finalists on AMERICAN IDOL. Each mentor will help the finalists prepare for their Tuesday night performances and then will take the IDOL stage themselves to perform live on the Wednesday night results show. Mariah will appear on Idol April 15th (pre-taped sessions of her mentoring the contestants) and April 16th, when she will perform LIVE on the show.

AMERICAN IDOL airs Tuesdays (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) and Wednesdays (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

Mariah Carey, superstar and songwriter, has set April 15 as the in-store date for the most eagerly anticipated album of the year, “E=MC2.” The 11th studio album of her career, “E=MC2” is the follow-up to “The Emancipation Of Mimi,” Carey’s worldwide 10 million selling No. 1 album, which featured “We Belong Together” (winner of Grammy Awards for Best Female R&B Vocal and Best R&B Song) and “Don’t Forget About Us,” Mariah’s 16th and 17th No. 1 career singles respectively. The singles tied one of the most enduring chart records in Billboard Hot 100 history: Elvis Presley’s 17 No. 1s. Carey is now positioned as the only active recording artist in the 48 years of the Hot 100 with the potential to surpass the Beatles’ all-time high of 20 No. 1 hits.

The first single from “E=MC2,” “Touch My Body,” is already a Top 10 radio hit. The video for “Touch My Body” was directed by feature filmmaker Brett Ratner. Guest producers on “E=MC2” include Jermaine Dupri, C. “Tricky” Stewart, The-Dream, DJ Toomp, Stargate, Will.i.am, Bryan Michael Cox, Nate "Danjahandz" Hills and James Poyser. “E=MC2” is executive-produced by Mariah Carey and Antonio “LA” Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group.
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