Mariah Carey Officially Joins American Idol / by

The word is out. Shortly after Jennifer Lopez announced her departure from American Idol, after being apart of it for two season, word hit the streets that Mariah Carey was in serious talks to join the line up.

The news has been confirmed by Fox, Mariah herself, and the show's producer Simon Fuller. She reportedly signed a $17M contract with the network and will appear as a judge on the upcoming season which will air this fall. Check out the article below.

It’s official — Mariah Carey has been confirmed as a judge on “American Idol’s” Season 12. “I am so excited to be judging ‘Idol,’” Mariah said through FOX boss Kevin Reilly’s speakerphone, expressing her regrets over not being able to be at the network’s portion of the Television Critics Association summer tour in Beverly Hills on Monday. 
“I wanted to be there today and I wish I could have been there myself to tell you,” she added. “I can’t wait to get stated in a couple months.” In a release issued by FOX on Monday, Mariah went on to say she is looking forward to helping find the next music superstars. 
“As a singer, songwriter and producer, it’s going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back with ‘American Idol,’” she said in a statement released by FOX. “I’m currently in the studio working on my new album and its first single, ‘Triumphant,’ which will be out early next month. 
I can’t wait to channel my creative energy as a part of this show which is a massive global phenomenon.” And the joy seems to be reciprocated on the network side. “We are proud to have one of the world’s greatest-ever female singers join our show,” “Idol” creator and executive producer Simon Fuller said in the release. “Mariah defines the word ‘Idol’ and will inspire every singer that has the honor of performing in front of her.” 
As far as the departing judges, Reilly also addressed the exits of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez from the show. He said he had a conversation with both of them and, “We have both decided it was a time for a change.” Earlier in the day, “Idol” executive produce Nigel Lythgoe had prompted speculation that J.Lo might return to the panel referencing her recent comments that she was 99 percent sure she would not be back, and focusing on the one percent. 
Reilly, however, shot down the possibility of Jennifer’s return. “I think Nigel said 99 percent, I think I can say it’s 100 percent that Jennifer won’t be back to the show,” Reilly said.
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You and I both know that this will be a FAILED attempt to revive her music career. Jennifer Lopez tried it, it worked for a bout two seconds and then epically failed. You remember that she joined a few years ago and promoted her album "Love?" throughout the show, performing and everything. It snagged her a top 10 hit and nothing more.

I'm sure that Mariah Carey will be looking for the same thing. She will do Idol and release her single all around the same time so that she can get a hit. I do know that with her being on the show will secure a lot of ratings for the network. She has a massivw fan base. People who haven't watched Idol in years will tune in just to see her.

But you saw that it only lasted for about a year with Jennifer...if Mariah's single fails, then I'm almost positive that she won't return for another season. Her new song "Triumphant" will be out next month and it features rappers Rick Ross and Meek Mill. I can't wait to hear what this sounds like.