Mariah Carey Says She Was Joking About Britney Spears, X-Factor Comments

The contracts have been signed, and the dust has settled in the quest to find two judges for The X-Factor. Simon Cowell recently announced the new judges to be pop sensations Britney Spears and Demi Lovato after speculation that the spots may have went to Chaka Khan or Mariah Carey, who recently made a comment that suggested she was unhappy with Cowell’s decision.

Last year, Carey reached out to Cowell and expressed interest in being a part of The X-Factor’s first season on American television, but the singer was expecting twins at the time and was forced to drop out. The job went to Nicole Scherzinger instead. This year, when it was announced that Paula Abdul and Scherzinger were not returning for season two, talked swirled once again that Mariah was in the running for one of the spots, but it was officially announced on Monday May 14th that Britney and Demi would be the judges for season two.

But Carey appeared to express slight dismay when asked about the decision in an interview with Extra, saying, “You think I focus on that stuff? Have we met? I love (Spears), honestly. I think she’s a very nice person, but I don’t care who’s going on that show – as long as it’s not me.” Speculation swirled that the diva hit maker was upset over not being chosen. But she insists the comment was a joke. She took to Twitter on Wednesday May 16th saying, “@BritneySpears & @SimonCowell of course I luv+care about you dahhlings, congrats (sic)! U never know what’s true or gossip, I was joking around!”

But between being a mommy to toddler twins, endorsing Jenny Craig, and working on new music, finding the time to fit in another endeavor may have been overkill.

In related news, Apparently John Legend wasn’t joking after insisting Britney Spears and Demi Lovato are really singersr. Read more HERE.