Posted on Mon Jul 23, 2012 01:05 PM PDT
American Idol fans must be going crazy!
It has been reported for several weeks that Mariah Carey was in talks to join the judging table on American Idol, and today the much speculated news was confirmed by the singer herself!
"As a singer, songwriter and producer, it's goingto be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back with American Idol," the Grammy winner said in a statement today. "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," she added.
The pop diva joins the show hot on the heels of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler's exit from the singing competition. Miss Carey will join judge Randy Jackson, who has been a part of the show since its beginning in 2002. Apparently, the music man played a heavy hand in getting the Glitter star on board!
"Randy has been working with Mariah for a long time and is her co-manager. Randy was very instrumental in doing this deal," FOX president of entertainment Kevin Reilly explained of the new partnership.
Previous judges include Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Kara DioGuardi, and Ellen Degeneres.
Congrats on the new gig Mimi!
Will you watch American Idol with Mariah Carey judging?
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