X Factor: Cowell Orders Mariah To Ditch Strictly
Although the diva will only be appearing on the ITV show in a performance she pre-recorded last night, it is still a massive blow for the beeb.
A BBC spokesman said: “We had hoped to have Mariah Carey on the show but her schedule changed and made it impossible.”
However according to The Daily Mail, Carey opted out of the show because X Factor boss Simon Cowell said that she could not appear on both programmes, and she opted for X Factor.
After all she has got a single to promote and even if both of Strictly’s viewers had bought it after watching her live, she would still have missed out on an orgy of publicity by turning down X Factor.
A source told the newspaper that BBC executives felt that Carey had been “completely unprofessional” in pulling her performance.