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Mariah Carey Officially American Idol's New Judge!

Mariah Carey Officially American Idol's New Judge!

It’s official! Mariah Carey will be joining American Idol as a judge for the upcoming twelfth season of the hit singing competition.

“I am so excited to be joining Idol,” Mariah shared in a phone call with Fox boss Kevin Reilly (via TV Line). “I wanted to be there today and I wish I could have been there myself to tell you. I can’t wait to get started in a couple months.”

The news was announced during Fox’s panel at the 2012 Summer TCA Tour on Monday (July 23) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

“I would like to see the judges change every year. It’s horrible to be in this position where you guys [in the press] are asking, ‘Who’s it going to be?’ and there are thousands of names being thrown out,” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said. “And it’s unfair on negotiations. You can’t negotiate with somebody in a public marketplace.”

WILL YOU WATCH Mariah Carey as a judge on American Idol?

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52 Responses to “Mariah Carey Officially American Idol's New Judge!”

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  1. 26
    Frenchy Says:

    Well well well, imagine a talent show getting a judge/coach who can actually sing and has a kick ass career! Well done Idol. I predicted this. next judge chosen should be Jimmy Iovine or Lyor Cohen..p[eople who actually sign talent for a living.

  2. 27
    Margot Says:

    I am going to enjoy watching A I this season they made a great choice.

  3. 28
    Yay Says:

    At least Mariah can sing, what is jlo going to do know her career is going to back to ***** AI made jlo popular again and now Mariah has her job

  4. 29
    Ambivalent Says:

    Sure of course, Mariah can sing. But she can’t be a stylist.

    Her hair needs a new cut (style) and please cover your fake boobs. Breasts are not appealing.

    Must not wear plunging necklines all the time. Cover them once in a while.

  5. 30
    Karla Says:

    She is an Idol and the perfect star to judge potential singers.

  6. 31
    Still want watch Says:

    Mariah is the first real talent AI has ever had as a judge. Steven is great but a different talent. I just hope Mariah don’t use this as a platform to promote her own projects like J-Lo did, she was just oversaturation. I don’t watch the show except for ocassionally tuning in during the auditions but glad J-Lo is gone but will miss Steven and his crazy sayings.

  7. 32
    Ugliest Cat Woman ever. Says:

    Poor Mimi, the last time she followed in JLo’s footsteps Glitter happened.
    Just 12 Million, the got her cheap.

  8. 33
    cbc Says:

    Cheesy, boring and crazy, just like the X Factor judges.

  9. 34
    elle Says:

    Firat, those huge fake breasts she sports look ridiculous. C’mon Mariah wake up and get those things out.
    second, aren’t her twins still really young? This is gonna take up a lot of her time that she could be spending with her babies. Why do peopl go through all she did to have babies and then leave tem so young? She doesn’t need the money ha ha so it is her choice to work and leave her kids- when they are still babies! oh well it is her life. I support a woman’s right to not have to stay home with the kids all the time, absolutely. I just think she is missing out! Being WITH your kids is the best gift you can give them.

  10. 35
    Emi Says:

    @solecito: LOL
    Na Que Ver!!,
    The Jugde Has To JUDE Not To Sing LOL

  11. 36
    Emi Says:

    Why Do The Judge Has To Be a “Real” Singer Blah Blah Blah

    JLo Did well On American Idol And She`s Not That Bad
    she Gave Good Advices To The Contest Thats Why I love Her On The Show.

    Let`s See If a “REal” Singer Like Mariah Can Give Advice.

  12. 37
    Nwvotes Says:

    Will Mariah Carey make a good ‘American Idol’ judge? Vote at

  13. 38
    Lisa Says:

    Now if they could get Jimmy Iovine to actually sit at the judges desk, it would be perfect. If not him, then Johnny Wright. Although a part of me do wish they replace Randy, but obviously not going happen. Hopefully he’ll step up his game now that Mariah is on board.

  14. 39
    Louise Says:

    Good lord, I hope she covers her jugs.

  15. 40
    sammi Says:

    j lo left because she wanted more money and i’m glad she’s out. At least mariah carey (with all her faults) is a talented singer, one that has been doing it for a long time so i think it’s a good choice and i might actually watch (boring/scripted) idol

  16. 41
    anon Says:

    Mariah is a fantastic singer but Jennifer Lopez is a good entertainer.
    they are two different styles but it’s good that they have someone who can actually sing with all those octaves. I’m afraid that she will have her ditzy moments kind of like Paula Abdul did.

  17. 42
    Leila Says:

    @Kiki: Ha! Yeah you said it…love her singing but as a person she can be pretty ridiculous and random…sometimes I think she has butterflies swirling around in her head! But it’s gonna be damn entertaining to watch :) DIVA!

  18. 43
    A fan Says:

    To understand Mariah I think you have to see her as an 8 year old princess in the body of a drag queen.

  19. 44
    jane Says:

    love it

  20. 45
    SBXX Says:


    Well maybe, it’s because of her young babies she’s actaully doing AI. What is being a judge there? To seat twice a week.
    Plenty of time to enjoy her babies and not to have to move around the world constantly.

  21. 46
    muppet Says:

    Miss Piggy.

  22. 47
    blah Says:

    oh God, why? Mimi u are soo much better than this! I know ur carer needs revival, but idol? come on

  23. 48
    Lisa Says:

    I think they should get a rocker like Mick Jagger or David Bowie to take over Steven Tyler’s roll….or even Sting or Jon Bon Jovi. Idol needs to go through a major revamp in my opinion with real judge’s criticism.

  24. 49
    Jolie Says:

    L O L and Cannon said “they couldn’t afford her” huuuuummmm!!!!!!

  25. 50
    KAY blood Says:

    Very bad choice, too much money, argh.

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