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It’s Official: Mariah Carey Signs On As New ‘American Idol’ Judge

July 23, 2012 01:47 PM by Shayla Perry

Well, whether you wanted her there or not, Mariah Carey has officially snagged a spot on the judges’ panel of American Idol, joining long-time friend and business associate Randy Jackson (they go back like babies and pacifiers), and leaving just one vacancy for producers to fill ahead of the Season 12 auditions. Obviously, she’s not going to net the $100 million that her husband, Nick Cannon, said FOX would have to pay to get her on the show, so how much is Carey reportedly contracted to earn? All the details on the latest American Idol developments after the jump.

Jennifer who?

After weeks of speculation, FOX finally confirmed that Mariah Carey has been signed to sit on the judges’ panel of American Idol for Season 12.

“I’m so excited to be joining Idol,” Carey told reporters via phone at Monday’s (July 23) TCAs. “First of all, I wanted to be there today. I wish I was there myself to tell you, but it all happened real quickly. I can’t wait to get started in a few months.”

So, there you have it…

Sources close to the show say that Randy Jackson was very instrumental in getting Carey signed, but apparently, he didn’t have enough pull to get her that $100 million paycheck her husband was looking for. (Really, Nick?!)

Deadline.com reports that Carey will earn $17 million for her time on the show. For those of you keeping track, that’s $2 million more than Jennifer Lopez made, and supposedly what JLo was asking for going into negotiations. That has to hurt!

Hopefully, Randy at least got some kind of signing bonus out of the deal!

Tell us RTVM: Are you happy about Mariah Carey joining the judges’ panel of American Idol? Do you think she’ll be a good addition to the show? Who do you think will be the perfect third judge to complement Randy and Mariah? Sound off in the Comments section below.

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