It's official! Mariah Carey will be a judge on the next season of "American Idol." The 42-year-old singer, who has sold more than 100m albums worldwide, is the TV series' first confirmed judge since the departure of Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler.
Carey will reportedly be paid $17m (£11m) for one season on American Idol, a salary $2m higher than what Britney Spears will receive as the US X Factor's latest judge. With Tyler and Lopez gone, it's unclear who will join Carey on the judging panel. Aretha Franklin has offered to become a judge, but that may not be enough for studio executives: as the programme tries to overcome flagging ratings, even Randy Jackson, American Idol's only remaining original judge, may be shuffled to a "mentor" position. Jackson is Carey's manager and was "very instrumental", said Fox network president Kevin Reilly, in drawing the singer to the show.