Jim Carrey's daughter Jane, an alternative rock singer and waitress, was seen auditioning for "American Idol" on an episode that aired on Sunday, January 22.
The 24-year-old, who fronts her own group called The Jane Carrey Band, was welcomed enthusiastically by judge Jennifer Lopez, who was a dancer on the 1990s sketch comedy series "In Living Color," which helped launch Jim Carrey's on-screen career.
"I remember you when you were little!" Lopez said. "Do you remember me? I was one of the Fly Girls."
"I think I was like, 2," Carrey answered, smiling.
"You were so little! You were a baby, oh my God!" Lopez said. "When did this happen?"
Jane Carrey sang Bonnie Raitt's 1991 song, "Something to Talk About," earning a firm "Yes" from all three judges - Lopez, Randy Jackson and Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler.
Jackson said he liked her voice and potential. Lopez said she needed to connect with her audience more, citing how she closes her eyes. Tyler said: "You got good melody but you gotta work on the volume."
Jane Carrey was then shown calling her father, who is heard saying on speakerphone: "Yay! She's so wonderful and amazing to me so I can't wait for the world to understand what she has ... way to go. Oh my god. This is going to be an exciting year."
The 11th season of the hit singing contest series premiered last week. Pre-taped, preliminary tryouts are being shown ahead of the live shows, which will air in several weeks. The finalists have already been chosen but have not been revealed. Jane Carrey auditioned in San Diego, located several hours away from her native Los Angeles.
The first episode of the current season of "American Idol" was watched by 21.6 million viewers and earned a 7.2 rating among adults aged 18 to 49, marking the lowest ratings given for an "American Idol" premiere since its debut episode in 2002. Sunday's special episode, which aired after the NFL's NFC Championship game, earned a 7.9 rating and was watched by 19.8 million viewers.
Jane Carrey is Jim Carrey's only child. Her mother is his Melissa Womer, a producer and former waitress at the Comedy Store, where the actor performed stand-up comedy regularly before he became a big film star. The venue was featured in his 1999 movie "Man on the Moon." He and Womer were married between 1987 and 1995.Jim Carrey has long-supported his daughter's music career and has in the past promoted her band's concerts on his Twitter page, which has more than 6.2 million followers.
"He definitely loves being involved and every time I write a song he's like, 'Can I hear it? Can I hear it?' So he's very hands on in that way," Jane Carrey told OnTheRedCarpet.com in May 2010.
Anyone between the ages of 15 and 28 can try out for "American Idol" as long as they meet several requirements - such as not having a music recording contract or a professional talent representative or manager. Jane Carrey, who gave birth to her son Jackson Riley 11 months ago, has not recorded new music for the band in more than a year.
"The last name definitely helps and hurts," Jane Carrey says in the episode, before her audition is shown. "I feel like there's kind of this pressure to maybe be better, because if I make it somewhere, I run the risk of people saying 'Oh you only got there because of this.'"
She later said in an interview posted on AmericanIdol.com: "I've always been really, really interested in the show and I think it's a great way for people to get out there. It's a great platform for musicians, singers and I wanted to be a part of it. When I got my golden ticket, I signed a deep sigh of relief. I was probably sweating at that point. It was so nerve-wracking being in front of the judges."
"I'm the next 'American Idol' because I want it, man!" she added. "I want it! I've worked for it for so long." It has been an emotional year for Jane Carrey. In late 2010 when she announced she and her husband Alex Santana, her son's father and a heavy metal singer, were breaking up. The two married in 2009. in October 2011, she filed divorce papers.
Did you know? "In Living Color" also featured "Dancing With The Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba as a "Fly Girl." It was announced in October 2011 that a remake of the series is currently being produced by original host Keenen Ivory Wayans and is set to return to FOX later this year.