Cannon has now confirmed that American Idol bosses have reached out directly to Carey in recent days.
"Everybody wants to talk to her," the America's Got Talent host told TMZ.
He went on to play down expectations that Carey will actually become an American Idol judge.
"I don't know if they can afford Mariah Carey. That's a lot of money," Cannon quipped. "If they gave J-Lo $20 million, they might have to double that!... You never know, it's one of [those] things, she's got an album coming out so there's promotional stuff [she has to deal with]."