Pick Mariah's new duet partner: Janet or Whitney?

93517__mj_lSo here’s a little news out of the strange-but-possibly-true-Mariah-Carey-duets department: MTV Radio (fifth item) is reporting that Mimi’s producer of choice, Jermaine Dupri (”We Belong Together,” ”Shake It Off”) is hoping to get her in the studio with his girlfriend Janet Jackson, and that Carey’s amenable to the idea. "I’ve been a big fan of Janet’s since Control. So if Jermaine has a concept, we should go and write something," she said.

Meanwhile, a couple of not-terribly-well-sourced Web sites are reporting that Carey has also extended an invite to embattled diva Whitney Houston to team up for a career-rehabilitating track. While the latter prospect sounds intriguing (maybe that ”Do you like my glasses, glasses” ditty could work?), lingering memories of the dreary ”When You Believe” make me more excited about a Mariah-Janet pairing. Sure, it’s hard not to imagine Carey’s plus-sized vocals gobbling up Janet’s warble like Pac-Man to a blue ghost, but J.D. wouldn’t let that happen to his leading lady, would he?

Which duet would you rather hear? Mariah-Whitney or Mariah-Janet?

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  • Paul U.

    Mariah and Whitney do “Oh Hell No!” j/k sad to say i think Whitney is out for the count, maybe for all time. a Mariah/Janet throwdown might be fun, as long as they did a club track and not some sappy ballad.

  • brandonk

    Mariah-Janet, definitely. I agree with Paul, though…something fun and upbeat. Janet shines in those, and Mariah should try something more pop-ish instead of all that R&B/hip-hop.

  • Ep Sato

    Mariah/Janet. I am with Paul on both counts. Whitney’s had a lot of unflattering press and an unflattering reality tv show since her “good girl image” days. But if you get Mariah & Janet together for some club friendly fun, my spidey sense tingles with thoughts of a feel good hit this summer.

  • David

    Not until I read this post did I realize that I sorely need a Mariah/Janet club jam. Thanks, Michael. This better happen!

  • David

    Also: Another big thanks to Michael for helping me flush three ostensibly productive hours down the drain for multiple rounds of Pac-Man.

  • dma69

    Song ideas:
    Mariah/Whitney: Hell to the No.
    Mariah/Janet: Subterranean Wardrobe Malfunction Blues

  • G-Lock

    Can we split the difference and vote for Madonna? Those two divas together would rock the planet to its very core.

  • mekashae

    I don’t think that Whitney needs to be in the studio right now. She needs to be getting her life together. That’s my opinion. Now Mariah and Janet. That would be interesting to see.

  • demarcus

    I think a Janet/Mariah collaboration would defiantly be a hit.

  • Joe

    I’m not sure how it would work out with Mariah dueting with Janet. Their musical styles are different it would be very intresting to see. I think it be great to hear Mariah duet with Christina Aguilera theres someone who could at least stand up to Mariahs vocals and not drown each other out. As for Whitney she needs to do something soon! And something worth buying. Do I need to mention her last cd?

  • Ken

    Is it possible that all three could team up for a recording session, then the studio catches on fire?

  • nessa

    If Mariah and Janet did do a duet the entire video would be one big clevage shot. – Jermaine dupri could get lost down there…..

  • Kelly

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! To tell the truth I have been hoping for a Janet/Mariah song for years but wasn’t sure if they liked each other enough to get it off the ground. W/ JD producing I know if they come out with a dance/club song it will be the smash of the summer!!! God, can you imagine the video??????? I am excited just thinking about it!! I am keeping my fingers crossed!

  • shakkahop

    i would love to see whitney make a comeback. she has an incredible voice, one that the masses should enjoy. mariah certainly knows something about making a comeback, hopefully she will sympathize.
    i pray she is not down for the count. what a horrible fall for anyone.
    i was never convinced janet had a killer voice, but she was a great performer. that’s probably not fair, but in terms of voice, whitnney would probably be better. janet and mariah on tour would be something. mariah has respectably come to grips with her chunkiness, and it’s refreshing. seeing her keep up with janet would be tough on stage.

  • dmac

    while i would personally like to see a beyonce/mariah pairing.. i suppose mariah/janet might not be so bad.. um.. whitney is out of the question shes to far gone… sad but true.

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