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Mariah Carey

You Are the Next ... 'American Idol' Judge

7/23/2012 12:08 PM PDT UPDATED: 7/23/2012 4:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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4:55 PM PT -- Mariah Carey will actually make a record $18 MILLION for her first year on "American Idol" -- more than J.Lo made before her ... and more than Britney on "X Factor."

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It's official ... Mariah Carey has joined "American Idol."

The announcement was made moments ago at the TV Critics Association Summer Press tour in Beverly Hills.

The 42-year-old singer is rumored to have signed a deal worth $12 million for her first year ...  the same amount of $$$ Jennifer Lopez made during her first year with the show.

So far, it's still unclear if Randy Jackson will remain on board.

'Idol' still has one more spot to fill at the judge's table ... and there are rumors Miley Cyrus and Adam Lambert could be in the running.

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StarryStarryNight    

they really are hell bent to go out looking like azzholes.

740 days ago
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EMB    

What happened to the comment her husband said about not being able yo afford her?

740 days ago
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Abe    

I love me some Mariah. She'll be 10 times as good as J-Lo as a judge.

740 days ago
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Kelly    

This will make an odd culmination of the entire AI concept. The contestants (and everyone else who has sung a note in the past 15 years) have been openly imitating Mariah since the dawn of America Idol. It will be very odd indeed watching her judge their impersonations of her singing!

740 days ago
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Googie    

Like this choice. Glad JLo out. Will watch again.

740 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

I thought it was just bullsheet? ..... Still laughable but no worse than Jello

740 days ago
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greatwhiteknight    

I love Mariah she's soon sexy and what an amazing voice!!

740 days ago
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charley    

I can see Mariah Carey as a judge cause this woman has talent...more then j-ho cud ever think of having...but to have miley and lambert is just flushing american idol down the toilet for good...there are alot of other TALENTED SINGERS WHO COULD BE JUDGES then two mediocre singers who are now at the bottom of the barrel! phk why not just have rosanne barr as a judge! see this show being cancelled soon!

740 days ago
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Cujeaux    

Didn't Nick just brag about how she would require a lot more than that? Another egotistical, self absorbed, over-rated and over-paid diva. Still won't be watching.

740 days ago
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Santo    

So American Idol is going to turn into SNL then, huh? Every season the celebrity judges will jump ship, and they'll have to bring in new ones. It won't be long before they start running out of "celebrities" and they go after William Hung and Rebecca Black.

740 days ago
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charley    

FLUSH...SOUND OF AMERICAN IDOL

740 days ago
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s    

Does anyone even watch this show anymore? Just take it off the air already, you've already jumped the shark AI

740 days ago
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AndUKnowThisMan    

UPGRADE!!

740 days ago
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sidithers    

She is an ugrade because she can actually sing unlike Jlo

740 days ago
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lily    

At least she can sing.

740 days ago
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