Mariah Carey hooked up Nick Cannon with America's Got Talent – and UK host Cat Deeley almost got the job!

Posted by Dean Piper On February 24th, 2009

You have to admit it was a shocker when Mariah Carey’s hubby Nick Cannon bagged the job to replace Jerry Springer as the host of America’s Got Talent. Well I hear that Miss Carey had a lot to do with Nick being hired. A source close to the show reveals: “Mariah was determined to get Nick a big job in Hollywood – and she wasn’t hiding about it. She was running around town touting his talents and trying her hardest to get him a gig on a big show. It helped that Mariah performed on X-Factor in the UK at the end of last year and got talking to the shows producer Simon Cowell after filming ended. She mentioned Nick would be a talented host. Simon had him audition and he was perfect.”

But Simon Cowell also had another person in the frame – So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley. The star also auditioned too for the role on America’s Got Talent but when it came down to the decision making they went for Nick – as Cat couldn’t commit to the show because of her involvement on the dance show. A source adds: “Simon still likes the idea of working with Cat Deeley on one of his shows in the future.”

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