Wow! This is dope, and honestly even with the rumors, never really expected it to happen. Mariah Carey has officially signed on to be one of the new judges on American Idol!
The official announcement was made today by Fox. Mariah will make her debut on the 12th season of “Idol” in January 2013.
“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. “I’m currently in the studio working on my new album and its first single, ‘Triumphant,’ which will be out early next month. I can’t wait to channel my creative energy as a part of this show which is a massive global phenomenon.”
“Idol” creator and executive producer Simon Fuller welcomed her to the family. “We are proud to have one of the world’s greatest-ever female singers join our show,” he said. “Mariah defines the word ‘Idol’ and will inspire every singer that has the honor of performing in front of her.”
Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced their departure from the show earlier this month. Mariah, who is good friends with current judge Randy Jackson, appeared as a mentor to the contestants on Season 7.
Mariah is gearing up for the release of her new single “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill