Mariah Carey Says She Knows How To Pick A Natural Born Singer



As American Idol gears up for it’s premiere next month, Mariah Carey is already making it clear that she knows how to pick real talent.

According to the superstar, she knows how to spot a “natural born singer” within seconds of their audition…

In an interview with FOX, Mariah explains:

“For me it’s fairly quick,” she told us during interviews for Season 12, to premiere Jan. 16 on FOX. “What I think is interesting is the diversity that we’ve seen and that’s what I tried, in the beginning, to go with. Because I had a feeling I would tend to think, oh it’s got to be this like, big-voiced thing for this type of competition, where there are some people that sing all different types, be it country, there’s a lot of heavy metal guys we come across, and some amazing people that grew up in church singing R&B music perhaps. Or they’ll sing a song that’s not even R&B. So, for me, I can hear pretty much a natural born singer pretty quickly.”

While natural talent ranks pretty high to the high pitched diva, Carey is also looking for a  contestant who has a moving storyline.

“I would love to see someone who has struggled, who has determination and who has star quality,” she said, “but who is undeniably talented.  I really want to see that.  And, also someone unique.  It would be nice to see that potpourri of a person who gets to live their dream for that moment.”

American Idol airs on FOX, January 16th.

Stay Tuned.