The Original Diva is Now A Judge on American Idol

there is a new judge in town….

mc will take on the judging duties after j.lo’s exit.

“American Idol” has announced one new judge for Season 12 — recording artist Mariah Carey. Fox Broadcasting Company President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly made the big announcement at the Television Critics Association press panel on Monday (July 23).

“We do in fact have one judge whose deal closed very, very recently. I think it’s the biggest recording artist that any of these shows have ever had,” says Reilly. “It’s an artist that many contestants have tried to emulate, have tried to have sung the songs, have tried to have hit the notes and because it really was concluded only hours ago, our new judge cannot be with us.”

Reilly then called Mariah Carey on the phone, who said hello to all the TCA members.

“I am so excited to be joining ‘Idol,’ I wanted to be there today and I wish I could’ve been there myself to tell you. But I think you know this all kind of just happened really quickly,” says Carey. “Everybody have a great TCA and I will see you in January.”

Carey also adds via a press release, “As a singer, songwriter and producer, it’s going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back with ‘American Idol.’ … I can’t wait to channel my creative energy as a part of this show which is a massive global phenomenon.”

While Reilly cannot confirm any other judges, even judge Randy Jackson‘s return, he does say that Jackson helped cement the Mariah Carey signing, as the two have worked together for years in the recording studio.

“Randy was very instrumental in doing this deal,” says Reilly.


she even tweeted a little something about it:

finally, someone who can actually sing judging wanna-be singers…

i know got2breal is about to have a youtube video for this shortly.

7 thoughts on “The Original Diva is Now A Judge on American Idol

  1. Nick is still doing his ceo stuff at nick and hosting for that other talent show.

  2. And the Queen has arrived!!!! I wonder what Nick is gonna do while MC is away. Been wantin to get my hands on him for years…

  3. I don’t watch American Idol anymore but this is a really good opportunity for her.

  4. Finally a judge that can sing, write, and read with transition lenses.

    Now they need someone crazy… a singer and/or a comedian… what’s Jamie Foxx up to besides Roots Reloaded?

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