Report: Mariah Carey to Become Next American Idol Judge

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Steven Tyler is out. Jennifer Lopez is out.

And it appears as if Mariah Carey is in.

Deadline reports that the legendary singer is finalizing a deal with American Idol that will pay her $17 million to come on board Season 12 as a new panelist.

Mariah Carey in Monaco

Carey had been considered a possibility for The X Factor when Simon Cowell reconfigured those judges for Season 2 and has long been a name atop the wish list of all singing competition.

If accurate, her salary would be a new record for talent on a reality show.

What do you think, American Idol fans? Are you excited for Mariah Carey to serve as a judge?

UPDATE: Fox has confirmed that Mariah Carey will be a new American Idol judge.

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maybe since the xfactor is having brit be mean idol wants mariah to be nice


I genuinely love Mariah. Not sure though about her being judge on Idol or any similar talent show. She's too sweet to be critical, imo. I don't know, something doesn't feel right. But perhaps to be a GUEST judge would be alright.


I love Mariah she's been my idol since I was ten I just hope she doesnt make a fool of herself or look bad