It is official: Mariah Carey is one of the new “American Idol” judges.
After weeks of speculation, Fox announced at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, today that Mariah Carey has officially signed on as an “Idol” judge for the reality series’ upcoming 12th season.
“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,” said Mariah Carey in a statement. “I can’t wait to channel my creative energy as a part of this show which is a massive global phenomenon.”
“We are proud to have one of the world’s greatest-ever female singers join our show,” said “American Idol” creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. “Mariah defines the word ‘Idol’ and will inspire every singer that has the honor of performing in front of her.”
Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company calls Mariah Carey “the real deal.” “She has a deep knowledge of music and a career insight that will make her a really amazing asset to our judges’ table and to our contestants.”
Carey tweeted “It’s gonna be so much fun working on @AmericanIdol, as a singer-songwriter, I’m excited to help find and nurture new talent.”
Earlier this month, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez left the reality series. Carey will join Randy Jackson, the remaining “Idol” judge in January 2013.
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