Jim Carrey’s daughter got special treatment on Idol and didn’t have to wait in line at all

On Sunday’s episode of “American” Idol, Jim Carrey’s 24 year-old daughter, Jane, was shown auditioning and being advanced to Hollywood week. Jane seemed genuine about pursuing a singing career on her own merits, but the show definitely played up the fact that she had a famous father. They showed photos of Jane with her dad and she shared what it was like growing up with him. She had a decent singing voice, but it’s doubtful that she would have been promoted to the second round just based on her talent alone. Well a new report on Radar online suggests that not only was Jane (perhaps unfairly) advanced, she wasn’t treated the same as all the other hopefuls either. She did have to camp out and wait in line at all and just made an appointment to sing and showed up.

Unlike the rest of the contestants who camp out for days in the hope of trying to convince the judges that they have what it takes, Jane got special treatment.

“She didn’t have to sleep outside and wait for hours hoping to audition like everyone else,” a source exclusively told RadarOnline.com. “She basically had an appointment and showed up!”

The source said they doubted if the judges knew about the special treatment Jane was given, but the show gave her the VIP service.

“Her audition was pre-arranged with the producers. She did not wait and line up for hours or days outside – she had a time, she showed up and went in,” the source said…

According to the source, the last name clearly helped this time: “American Idol always says they don’t give everyone favors, but this time they did for Jane.”

[From Radar Online]

I don’t really have an investment in this story, it just seems typical to me that Idol would do this for a celebrity’s daughter. If I had ever waited in line to be on that show, or if I had a good friend who had waited days for a chance to appear, I would be supremely pissed off. So many contestants are coming from extremely rough conditions and have to go through hardships and lose wages at hourly jobs just to get to Idol. The story this year of the girl who lived in a tent particularly touched me. Here we have a millionaire celebrity’s daughter who claims that she’s waitressed, but who, let’s face it, has probably never had to worry about money in her life. She gets whisked right in and moved on while so many other contestants don’t get that chance. As genuine and down to earth as Jane came across, she’s probably used to that type of treatment and doesn’t see anything wrong with it.

Here’s Jane’s audition if you missed it the first time:

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  1. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    I love how Ryan hops in on the call..like he’s BFF with Jim Carrey, of course. lol

  2. Pont Neuf says:

    While unfair, we should remember that American Idol is equal parts reality show and “talent” contest.

    She probably was chosen to progress to the next stage because she’s Jim Carey’s daughter, but at least she is a capable singer – she’s certainly better than contestants like Kellie Pickler and the downright embarrassing Sanjaya, who were given the opportunity to achieve national fame at the expense of very talented people, in spite of the fact that they were bad singers.

    And yes, there are others who are much better than this girl but, then again, many of those people wouldn’t have been chosen anyway because they don’t know how to play the television game, and thus don’t get the producers’ attention.

    The only thing that susprises me is, why would she use her contacts to participate in American Idol, instead of just using them to build a career on her own? Bizarre. I doubt that anyone will like her any more after knowing who she is, and that she has had it easier because of her father’s fame.

    • someone says:

      yeah! i’m also confused, why did she even bother auditioning for american idol, i mean unless she wanted to imply that she was just trying to make into the business the “normal” way. she could have just gotten help from daddy and his friends in the industry to hook her up with some producers? Clearly this is a publicity thing to make her look like she doesn’t want special treatment, but she still gets it. Oh celebrities, they try so hard to come off well-grounded and normal, but behind the scenes, it’s a whole different story.

      • ol cranky says:

        I actually think that she did try on her own many years ago and had no luck. Participation in AI gets you something that working through on your own doesn’t get and that’s exposure to a huge audience well beyond what a developed performer/band would be able to get without some huge publicity machine behind them. Plus, this way, she at least appears to be not using daddy as a way to break into showbiz.

  3. Minty says:

    If this is true, then I am not surprised. After all, she made it a point to tell the judges at the very beginning that she is Jim Carrey’s daughter. If she really wanted to “make my place in the world” through her own efforts, she could have chosen a fake name to audition and waited in line like everybody else.

    Someone else (thanks Brigitte!) mentioned in the earlier Jane Carrey post that Jim paid $50,000 a month in child support. So, it’s not like she grew up deprived. This waitressing job seems to be a way to make her relatable to the working class. I’m not buying it.

    Yeah, I’m that cynical.

    • Granger says:

      I wonder if she didn’t wait in line because she (and the producers) worried that contestants in line around her would be pissed off that the daughter of a wealthy and connected celebrity was auditioning to become a wealthy and connected celebrity herself (when clearly, there are other options open to her); or contestants in line around her would bother/harass her for an invitation to meet her father. I dunno. Just a thought.

      But I too find it very hard to believe she has to, or ever HAD to, waitress to support herself. Maybe she waitressed because she wanted a real job…? But not for a living. I just don’t buy it.

      • ol cranky says:

        but she’s not a celebrity child that’s instantly recognizable to many people so how would those people have known who she was unless she told them?

      • Minty says:

        I think she could have waited in line without incident. Nobody knew Jim Carrey is her father until she announced it. Now, with American Idol, she might be recognizable to much of the public, but she was certainly anonymous before.

      • Zvonk says:

        I dated the daughter of a famous singer a few years ago. She was catered for financially, but still chose to work as a waitress. So I think it’s entirely plausible that Jane Carrey did in fact work as a waitress.

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  4. Jessica says:

    She reminds me of Miley Cyrus.

  5. Angel says:

    I really hate how people with successful parents are treated as if they are automatically undeserving of any type of success, themselves. she had a good voice. just stop peddling the bitterness, it’s so plebeian.


    • Bad Fairy says:

      Ooo what a nice big word!!
      When someone makes a point of telling you who their rich and famous father is, by passes all of little people, and THEN tries to sell an “I am just like you, and I am doing this all on my own!” schtick, they deserve more than a few digs. By the way, Jlo colours her hair with Loreal and Dianne Keaton uses dime store products on her rich aging skin. Didn’t you know?
      Everyone deserves a chance, and we would all give our children everything if we could. But don’t treat the public like they’re stupid. Its so “plebian”. (Really?)

  6. Mr. StinkyFishFace says:

    Jane waitressed when she was pregnant to supplement her income. From most the things I’ve read about her she didn’t grow up super pampered. She had a child young and a rough and short marriage. I just think that she’s getting a bad rap because of her dad 🙁 I thought she was good and I really hope she does well. She’s been singing for a while and has her own band.

    • Mr. StinkyFishFace says:

      Also I recognized her right away (those of you who said she wasn’t known) she was in the news a few month ago after filing for divorce.

  7. duncecap says:

    aww, that… that is unfortunate. I thought she was cute as a button at first.

    Now… ugh.

  8. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    William Hung is the all time best on American Idol 🙂


  9. Roxy750 says:

    She didn’t tell anyone on the show, Randy said something about “does dad know you are here”…and so on. So everyone–if you are an actor’s daughter/famous celebrity, does that mean you should stay at home and never do anything? I mean, what are the rules here? IT’s reverse discrimination thing. I mean, her dad is famous–so that means whatever she does people will always think no fair b/c of that fact? Gimme a break. And if she did, so what, look at all the “bikini” girls that go on the show, they use their tatas to get on TV..which one is more dignified?

    • Bad Fairy says:

      Bullshit sweetie. sorry. But it is. If you don’t want to use your father’s celebrity to get somewhere, then don’t tell everyone who your father is.

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  11. Kimberly says:

    my sister worked the auditions and there are over 20 contestants that are brought in by local agents and others. These people don’t stand in line, but they are most of the really good ones they air on TV. They walk past the line of wannabes into the doors. The auditions are filmed like any tv show that is scripted. The whole audition process is totally fixed, but REALLY REALLY funny to be around, especially when the ppl for idol don’t think lonely arena employees aren’t ease dropping!!!!!!

    I am so glad I don’t watch reality tv!

    So I don’t doubt a celeb daughter wouldn’t stand in line since nobody’s with local agents don’t. But I don’t believe for one second that NOBODY knew who she was. She was there with a rep PERIOD.

    Why lie when the world isn’t so dumb to believe PR BS!?! Just be honest child of a celebrity! Don’t be so fucking L.A.!!!!!!

    • Lissa says:

      This is very true, I have 2 siblings who are in a band who auditioned for the (failed after 1 season) spin-off of AI for bands called Next Great American Band and their manager just sent in an audition tape and since they’re extremely talented they were the band chosen from our part of the state. They never waited in any lines and were flown out to LA, put up in a great hotel with limo service for a week and we were asked to film home movies of them leaving. My family & I signed release forms allowing Fox to show up at our home to film if they made it past the 1st big round (they didn’t). All this and they DIDN’T KNOW ANYONE or had a relationship with any celebrity to influence this. So…sometimes, it’s just about strategy. I have no problem with her being allowed to audition the way she did and progress, her dad’s name probably helped a ton but she was also smart to request an audition around the traditional route, the worst they can say is no.

  12. Jover says:

    Thanks for the info kim another I’ve stopped watching AI How can people still be that naive with all the info out there about how it works.

  13. sam says:

    I would have thought that the ones they focus on(do the back story etc) get bumped up the line anyway.

  14. Juniper says:

    Something about her face strikes me as not quite pretty. I look at her and feel like I should see pretty; she has a nice smile, but she just…isn’t, for some reason.

  15. Julie says:

    If she was trying to make it on her own merits why did she even tell people her Dad was Jim Carey. She should have just shown up, waited in line, and never said anything.

  16. mollination says:

    For the record, many of the recorded “stories” they show are not 100% real either. There was actually a gal who started a blog about what really happened when she was on the show. First of all, you don’t stand in line and get to audition for the 3 judges. You stand in a row of 8 people for a couple producers, and then if THEY like you, you move onto the next round etc. etc.

  17. tuttle88 says:

    Do any of them wait outside? On Last Comic Standing you don’t get on the show from waiting outside in line. Your agent makes you an appointment. Does American Idol work the same way?

  18. kibbles says:

    This was simply a very smart PR move by both AI and the Carrey family. Please do not tell me that Jim didn’t call JLo up and discussed with her the possibility of having his daughter audition for the show. Come on! They’ve worked together before and Carrey’s agent can easily call JLo’s agent and so forth. No public appearance by a celeb or their family is done by accident or out of the blue. These celebrities pay millions for advice from their agents and lawyers to make the best decisions both career and financial wise. This is done by every A or B list celebrity who has helped their children establish a celebrity career.

    AI saw an opportunity to feature Carrey’s daughter and knew it could possibly draw new viewers curious to see what his daughter is all about. It helps his daughter because she gets a ton of exposure she wouldn’t have gotten on her own with or without the help of her father. Without AI, Jane Carrey is just another celebrity child with very little talent trying to use nepotism to make it big. With AI, she can at least pretend that she is working on her own to compete and her singing will be viewed nationwide. She is bound to earn at least a few fans from her appearance on the show and even if she is voted out early on, it will help her tremendously when she uses her father’s connections after the show to get a record deal.

  19. Andrea says:

    Aww so far I think she’s cute. An okay voice and she seems charming. This is just an audition! Let’s see how she does. After all this could get her exposure, but in this economy it doesn’t necessarily mean people are gonna buy her shit you know?

  20. whatevs says:

    i am shocked, shocked i’m telling you