12/15/2011 09:03 am ET Updated Dec 15, 2011

Mariah Carey's $300,000 Asking Price Was Too Much For 'X Factor' (REPORT)

Mariah Carey's $300,000 price tag was simply too much for the folks over at the "X Factor," according to a report from Showbiz411.

The article claims that the pop star was set to perform her revamped version of "All I Want for Christmas Is You" together with Justin Bieber on the December 15th episode of "X Factor," but the staggering asking price led even Simon Cowell to nix the program.

Would Carey and Bieber have reenacted their slightly awkward flirting-in-a-shopping-mall music video? Would they have blown remaining "X Factor" contestants Melanie Amaro, Chris Rene, Josh Krajcik and Marcus Canty out of the water? Who knows! In exchange, though, Bieber is reportedly performing solo (songs "The Christmas Song” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”) with a back-up of two dozen dancers for the singing competition's December 22 finale.

Rabid Mariah fans in dire need of Carey-caroling need not worry: the recent mother of twins is set to appear on a Music Choice on Demand holiday special entitled, obviously, "Merry Christmas from Mariah Carey," starting December 19.