Mariah Carey Signs Dotted Line as New American Idol Judge
Posted by on Jul 23, 2012

When American Idol tapped Jennifer Lopez as a judge in 2010, it appeared that Fox’s popular primetime staple had hit the jackpot. Well, that acquisition was minor in comparison to the latest announcement.

Mariah Carey, who holds the crown for the most weeks spent at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts, will sit at the judges table for season 12 of American Idol, according to Entertainment Weekly. The publication reported last week that the songstress was “the leading contender to join the panel this summer” after Lopez’s contract wasn’t renewed.

Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly is thrilled with the procurement. At a press tour in Beverly Hills he said, “It’s the biggest recording artist than any of these [singing competition] shows have ever had. It’s an artist many of these contestants have tried to emulate. [The deal] only concluded only hours ago. Not being the only game in town we need to keep things fresh.”

The move to secure Carey comes weeks after Aerosmith front-man, Steven Tyler, announced that he would be exiting the judges’ circle. Lopez was hoping for a raise (she was paid a $15 million second-year salary), but when that wasn’t negotiated, she proclaimed that she wasn’t returning either.

“I think I can say it’s 100 percent that Jennifer won’t be back on the show,” Reilly said in the press tour.

So, that leaves veteran judge, Randy Jackson, who happens to manage Carey, and room for another male judge in the hot seat. Former American Idol contestant, Adam Lambert, is rumored to be a candidate; but Fox hasn’t publicized who the other judge will be.

This is a wise financial move for new mother Carey, whose salary is expected to be between $12 and $17 million according to Entertainment Weekly. This is also a grand attainment for Fox, whose season 11 ratings declined 23 percent to 18 million viewers per week, making it the largest ratings drop in the show’s history. The network is hoping Carey’s presence will instigate a ratings spike.

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