Mariah Carey joins "American Idol" as judge
Fox has confirmed that Mariah Carey will join the judging panel on American Idol.
Entertainment Weekly reports thatthe 42-year-old pop diva's salary is likely between $12 million (the fee paid to outgoing judge Jennifer Lopez for her first season on the show) and $17 million.
"It’s the biggest recording artist than any of these [singing competition] shows have ever had,” Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said during press tour in Beverly Hills on Monday (July 23). "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 news follows Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler's exit from the show and the network being unable to sign Jennifer Lopez on for a third season. According to EW, execs were unable to meet the singer's salary demands, prompting her to announce to the press that she wouldn't return.
With Carey on board, however, Lopez is definitely out. "I think I can say it’s 100 percent that Jennifer won’t be back on the show," Reilly said.
"It's gonna be so much fun working on @AmericanIdol," Carey tweeted. "As a singer-songwriter, I'm excited to help find and nurture new talent."
Singer Randy Jackson is reportedly due to stay on as a judge, but the search is now on for a male judge to replace Tyler. So far, there are rumour that former Idol contestant Adam Lambert is in the running for the spot.
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