Mariah Carey will join “American Idol” as a judge next season, Fox announced this week, bringing her star power to the show that remains a ratings leader but has seen its viewership and pop culture status diminish.
“I am so excited to be joining ‘Idol,’” said Carey. “I can’t wait to get started in the fall. …. and I will see you in January.”
The show, which saw judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez exit at the end of last season, will be back on the air for season 12 in January.
The exit of Tyler and Lopez left original judge Randy Jackson and started a guessing game about potential replacements, with Carey at the top of the list.
— The Associated Press