Do ‘American Idol’ Judges Like Contestants Who Sing Their Hits?

Celebrity Q&A, Featured Article
on February 28, 2013
AMERICAN IDOL: Mariah Carey. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

How do the judges on American Idol feel when one of the contestants sings one of their hits songs?
—Ken Brewer, Milwaukee, Wis.

Idol judge Mariah Carey, 42, has listened to contestants sing her hit singles “My All,” “Hero” and “We Belong Together” this season, and she says if someone comes up with a really nice rendition, she loves it. “A couple of years back, David Cook sang ‘Always Be My Baby’ and he did a great [acoustic] twist on it,” she recalls. “I love to see when people get creative because you see the artist within them.”