American Idol judge Randy Jackson is close to securing a deal to become Mariah Carey's manager, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Jackson has known Carey since the 90's when he was vice president of A&R at Columbia Records. Mimi was signed to the label from 1988 to 2001.

In 2001, the AI judge wrote and produced several songs for Mariah's film Glitter and has also produced songs for her albums, Charmbracelet in 2002 and Emancipation of Mimi in 2005.

On November 2, Jackson was with Carey while she taped the "All I Want For Christmas Is You" video alongside Justin Bieber.

As for Jackson's efforts in managing Carey, a source tells the HR, "He's very much in the mix."